Hundreds of attendees were given updates on proposed LCAP actions to meet the district’s goals. BCSD Superintendent Doc Ervin and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Mark Luque, shared information on programs in action that are funded by LCAP. The presentations were followed by feedback sessions by all parents in attendance, and special sessions were given to the District Advisory Committee (DAC), the District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC), and the District African American Advisory Committee (DAAPAC). The forum at Stiern also included a special feedback session for Community members.
In addition to the LCAP forum, parents participated in the monthly Parent University classes and presentation by the year’s program keynote speaker, Andres Lara, aka “The Cuban Guy.” Lara emphasized the importance of communication between parents and children, recognizing that, as a parent, you will make mistakes, how to admit those mistakes and grow from them.
Jose Cortez, parent at Garza Elementary, has been attending Parent University for the first time this year. He talked about why he participates in the event, “I think it is very important to learn how to help our students, because school is a lot different from when I attended. I encourage parents to get involved in events like these, and activities at school sites, because, I believe, it can have a positive impact on our students’ academic success.”
The close of the day’s festivities included a delicious lunch and an opportunity drawing for great prizes. Parent University has two more sessions for the school year: “College Making It Happen Field Trip” to California State University, Bakersfield in March and Parent University Graduation at Stiern Middle School in April.