SCHOOL/CITY WORK PLAN APPROVED BY SCHOOL DISTRICT, CITY COUNCIL
PASADENA, Calif.—Plans to strengthen ties and align resources between the City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) to improve students’ education and learning skills were approved tonight during the annual joint meeting of the PUSD Board of Education and the City Council.
The action by the PUSD Board and Council to approve the 2013-16 School/City Work Plan positions the organizations to join the ranks of cities and counties across the country that have embraced a “community schools” concept of setting common goals and strategizing together to improve the quality of life for youth and families. The work plan and additional outreach information is available at www.cityofpasadena.net/humanservices.
“Tonight we’ve taken some important steps in aligning PUSD and the City into a progressive ‘community schools’ program to help us work together to achieve stronger results for our students,” Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard said. “The plan will be a living document that brings the City, the District, parents, teachers and community together to demonstrate how our joint efforts are producing accountable results.”
PUSD Board President Renatta Cooper hailed the vote and the work plan as a “hallmark achievement” by PUSD and the City for acknowledging that learning starts long before a child begins school. "The hard work of implementation will show the community that this plan is not just words on paper but rather a roadmap to how the city and school district can best align services and attend to the needs of the community," said Cooper. "Children and families, the constituents of all of us, deserve nothing less."
(Members of Pasadena City Council and Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education gathered inside the Council Chambers for their annual Joint Meeting.)
Superintendent Jon Gundry said he was “very pleased” with the attention given to the plan by both jurisdictions. “The key to a vibrant local economy is having a strong public education system that prepares our students for the careers of tomorrow, and empowers our families with education and resources to support their students both in and out of school,” Gundry said. “The most effective education is the one that involves the entire community and this plan will help shape how both organizations operate and interact going forward.”
The plan will help PUSD and the City more effectively identify service gaps as well as avoid duplication of services. The plan will be implemented over the next three years. During the second year, in 2015, a long-range strategic planning effort will be undertaken to ensure the efforts approved Feb. 19 are sustained over the next 15 years to 20 years.
The plan is also consistent with the recent work of the City’s Economic Development Task Force which recognized in its final recommendations that PUSD’s steady progress to improve student achievement and to prepare them for the new innovation economy is critical to the City’s economic success, according to City Manager Michael Beck. Recent discussions by the City’s Public Safety Committee and research by the City’s Public Health Department also support the ‘community schools’ concepts that academic achievement is critical to future employability, economic sustainability and overall community safety, Beck added.
U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, representing California’s 27th Congressional District, including Pasadena, attended the meeting and spoke in favor of the work plan. For more information about the City go to www.cityofpasadena.net and for more information about PUSD go to www.pusd.us.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2013 #016-13
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