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Soquel UN ESD |  BP  0000  Philosophy, Goals, Objectives and Comprehensive Plans


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The Governing Board believes that a clearly stated purpose and direction for the district provide the foundation for continuous improvement and accountability. The Board shall adopt a long-range vision for district programs and activities that focuses on the achievement and well-being of all students and reflects the importance of preparing students for the future academically, professionally, and personally. The vision shall recognize the unique role of students, parents/guardians, staff, and community partners in contributing to a high-quality education for all students. The district's vision may be incorporated into its mission or purpose statement, philosophy or motto, long-term goals, short-term objectives, and comprehensive plans such as the local control and accountability plan (LCAP).

(cf. 0100 - Philosophy)

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 0400 - Comprehensive Plans)

(cf. 0460 - Local Control and Accountability Plan)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

The Superintendent or designee shall recommend an appropriate process, with clearly defined procedures, timelines, and responsibilities, for establishing, reviewing, and updating the district's vision statements. This process shall include a review of relevant district documents and data including, but not limited to, information about student demographics, student achievement, current programs, and emerging educational issues. The process shall incorporate an analysis and identification of district strengths and areas in which growth is needed. Input shall be solicited from parents/guardians, students, staff, and community members through methods such as surveys, focus groups, advisory committees, and/or public meetings and forums.

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

(cf. 2230 - Representative and Deliberative Groups)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

The Board shall review the district's vision statements annually, in conjunction with the update to the LCAP, to ensure consistency among all documents that set direction for the district. Following these reviews, the Board may revise or reaffirm the direction it has established for the district.

The Superintendent or designee shall communicate the district's vision to staff, parents/guardians, and the community.

(cf. 1113 - District and School Web Sites)

(cf. 1100 - Communication with the Public)

Board decisions regarding curriculum, policies, the budget, collective bargaining agreements, and other district operations shall be aligned with the district's vision. In addition, the Superintendent or designee shall ensure that staff's implementation of district programs and activities supports attainment of the district's vision.

The Superintendent or designee shall regularly report to the Board regarding district progress toward the vision.

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

Legal Reference:


52060-52077 Local control and accountability plan

Management Resources:


The School Board Role in Creating the Conditions for Student Achievement: A Review of the Research, May 2017

Governing to Achieve: A Synthesis of Research on School Governance to Support Student Achievement, August 7, 2014

Defining Governance, Issue 4: Governance Decisions, Governance Brief, June 2014

Defining Governance, Issue 3: Governance Practices, Governance Brief, April 2014




adopted: April 18, 2018 Capitola, California