November 2017 letter

With the dedication, hard work and unwavering support of the “Yes For PV Students” volunteers, the Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Override passed! On behalf of the Governing Board, I’d like to thank all of the Yes For PV Students volunteers who canvassed neighborhoods, made phone calls and spoke to the community about the ballot initiative. Additionally, I'd like to thank our community for their continued commitment and support of our District.

With this election, there was a new process; however, it brought out the most voters for an override during a non-general election year. Our voters have supported the efforts of PVSchools to provide the best education and programs for our students and shown they support and appreciate the work of our teachers and employees.

Throughout the years, stakeholders have grown to be a major partner in PVSchools’ decision-making process. In the past, there was a time where school boards and administrators made many of the decisions within the school district with little or no discussions with parents, teachers, employees or students. If there was a concern from anyone, the attitude was “we know better.” 
Instead of the mindset of “knowing better,” today, all the committees called for by the Superintendent include members of all the stakeholder groups - teachers, support staff, principals, District office staff, parents and members of the community. Committees are usually facilitated by an assistant superintendent and the input of each group helps to bring different perspectives to the committee when making recommendations to the Superintendent or Governing Board. 
During this past summer, the board discussed expanding another very important group of stakeholders – students. With the board’s focus on “what is best for the students,” this student voice is essential.

As a result, each high school has selected four students, one from each class, to representative their school and meet directly with members of the Governing Board. We want to hear their opinions, concerns and reflections on student life in an effort to guide board decision-making. In doing so, this will provide equitable access to excellent learning experience for all our students.