Participating in our “E’ville Voices” guest blogger series is Emery Unified School District Superintendent Dr. John Rubio. Dr. Rubio was brought on board in May 2014 during a tumultuous time for the district to help “steady the ship” and lead the transition to the consolidated K-12 ECCL which opened in September. Dr. Rubio addresses the community on the progress the district has made during his tenure including new educational partnerships, fiscal resources and enacting stringent application screenings to “hire the best and brightest teachers we could find for your children”.
Dear Emeryville Community members,
As I continue into my third year in Emeryville as Superintendent, I want to look back and share some of the changes and improvements we have made in the school district over time.
The first important change occurred at the end of the summer of 2014, when we solidified our formal partnership with the City of Emeryville through both school district and city council approval for the new Emeryville Center of Community Life (ECCL).
Soon after, in the fall of 2014, we raised approximately $50,000 in campaign funds to win a very successful 20-year Parcel Tax extension to ensure many years of ongoing community support for our schools and children. Thank you Emeryville voters!
In early 2015, we worked very hard with community members, parents and staff to create a new vision and four new goals for our district, and we completely revamped our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) to reflect our four new district goals.
During the 2015-2016 school year, we:
- Re-established our partnership with the KALA Arts institute to provide art for 6th grade students and for high school students
- Strengthened our teacher training partnership with Yale University
- Began afterschool programming with Scientific Adventures for Girls
- Started a new partnership with Envision Schools
- Eliminated or reduced unnecessary budget expenses, and eliminated multiple staff positions to ensure we were carefully implementing our school and district budgets
- Received financial contributions from Emeryville-based Wareham Development for summer programs, our garden program, our new CIRCLe Science Lab, and for teacher hiring stipends for math and science teachers
- Last spring, and maybe most importantly, we carefully paper screened over 250 teacher applicants to hire the best and brightest teachers we could find for your children.
Finally, we continue our successful transition into a beautiful, new and safer campus here at ECCL.
I believe we have improved many things over the last two and ½ years, and it feels like a historic time.
Our partnership with the City of Emeryville is a unique opportunity to continue to build a great place for your children, and changes we have made now place us in the best financial shape since I began my time here.
I am honored to be able to work in the community of Emeryville, as well as with a great teaching, administrative and support staff, as we continue to improve the school district more and more every year.
Dr. John Rubio