The year 2020 was entire of difficulties. Instead than curse the darkness and light a candle, the Santa Fe Community Schools lit a bonfire of opportunity and optimism.
With the leadership of our dedicated and pupil-targeted Board of Training, we adopted a can-do frame of mind, reinventing mastering as the coronavirus pandemic took maintain. Joining us were amazing governmental associates, volunteer businesses and district volunteers.
Teachers, college web-site staff, counselors, nurses, custodians, nourishment employees, principals and assistant principals have carried out phenomenal perform holding pupils engaged and progressing. The coronary heart of our work is at the school websites, and district leadership and team are committed to ensuring that we support training and learning each individual day.
We all share in the district’s achievements, together with remaining one of the very first to stand up a remote-discovering software when the pandemic hit, then refining this work. With wide neighborhood opinions, remote studying right now is remarkably diverse. We continue to be deeply committed to a continuous improvement course of action, earning changes alongside the way.
Fairness has been tackled in really authentic techniques, from launching the new Assistance U Homework Hotline, to providing 600 scorching places and figuring out other cost-free net options for our households, to offering food stuff to our communities, to addressing homelessness, to bringing unaccounted pupils back again to faculty.
Even though 547 pupils had been missing or disenrolled, all but seven have been uncovered. We will not rest until finally we come across every college student. Most of these pupils have left for household-education, private universities or other communities. We miss out on them and invite them again.
Our properties are all set. They are thoroughly ventilated and marked for good distancing. plexiglass barriers have been mounted and personalized protecting gear is broadly obtainable. Notably, there was no transmission of COVID-19 throughout our voluntary hybrid system in the tumble.
Bringing learners again to faculty properly is our prime precedence. Quite a few college students have struggled with social interaction, frustrations with the online and social-psychological challenges. Almost nothing requires the position of staying in university.
In spite of it all, Santa Fe General public Educational institutions stays a flagship district.
In 2020, we prioritized the most necessary capabilities. The new Equity, Range and Engagement Section was produced with current sources and the Indian education system was elevated to a section with a director, supplying it heightened status.
The district’s graduation amount is 78 percent, exceeding the state’s ordinary amount of 75 %. As we arrive at for 100 p.c, we want graduates to have grit, be civic-minded, show persistence and be kind and compassionate.
Piñon Elementary Faculty was named a prestigious Nationwide Blue Ribbon University for its exemplary efforts to close the accomplishment gap.
Santa Fe General public Educational institutions was awarded the 2020 Local community Leadership Award for Digital Fairness from the Consortium for Faculty Networking, built attainable by voter guidance of financing for instructional engineering.
Santa Fe Community Schools received $2.1 million from New Mexico Highlands University to assure pupils are faculty and career all set and $2.7 million from the New Mexico Community Instruction Division to build early literacy.
A Funds Substantial College crew just gained the 2020 Congressional Application Obstacle for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.
We want to keep on being on pace, but funding is a concern. We started this school yr with an $8.2 million deficit, slicing positions, agreement solutions, professional advancement, etcetera., even though not in educational institutions. We foresee a $7.6 million finances loss for up coming yr due to declining enrollment, continued decline of cash for tiny schools, raises to insurance plan, and set expenses and other funding impacts.
Our voice joins many others who are urging the Legislature to keep school districts harmless upcoming year, as a result defending them from the economic affect of this year’s enrollment decrease.
As we stand on the cusp of 2021, rest confident, our bonfire glows brightly.
Veronica C. García, Ed.D., is superintendent of the Santa Fe General public Faculties.