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  • Board Briefs and Updates, Feb 16
    February 16, 2024 

    Dear FCUSD Community: Please read below for updates and a summary of the Board Meeting held last evening.

    Superintendent search

    As previously announced, Superintendent Dr. Sarah Koligian will retire on June 30, 2024. The Folsom Cordova Unified School District Board of Education welcomes input from our community as part of the process of selecting the next Superintendent. Share your thoughts by filling out this brief survey. It takes only a few minutes, and you can respond as many times as you wish. 

    *** We’ve extended the deadline for the survey to Tuesday, February 27 at 5:00 p.m.***

    Click HERE to participate in the survey and let us know what qualities you are looking for in the next FCUSD Superintendent 

    Adult Education opportunities 

    FCUSD Adult education provides many learning opportunities for adult students such as earning a high school diploma, English language learning, a pathway to U.S. Citizenship, and skill-based learning to prepare students for jobs.

    Moreover, FCUSD Adult Ed has a Job Center on campus and has partnered with several businesses, non-profits, and government agencies to provide comprehensive services that connect education with resources for workforce development.

    View their presentation HERE and learn more on the Adult Ed website. 

    FCUSD Spring Vital Signs Data Report

    The Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) 2024 Spring Vital Signs Data Report provides information on how FCUSD is responding to our current data around instruction and student well-being. This presentation focuses on Attendance, Behavior, Student Performance, and Student Support. 

    FCUSD continues to make improvements and is a demonstrated leader in our region. As we look at the data points to highlight areas for improvement, we continue to strategically target interventions, programs and supports to allow all students to thrive.

    To see the presentation with data points and more information, please click HERE 

    Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) mid-year report

    The 2024 LCAP Mid-Year Monitoring Report is a tool in the ongoing commitment to the Local Control and Accountability Plan, facilitating collaborative efforts to enhance student success and foster a positive and inclusive learning environment. The report outlines the continuous improvement and responsiveness to the educational needs of its diverse student population. Below are links to review the progress made to date.

    Student newsletter

    Student leaders from the Student Advisory Board (SAB) produce a newsletter each month. Attached in this message is their February edition. Check it out!   SAB February Newsletter

    FCUSD Early Education Expo: Little Learners, Big Dreams! 

    Join us to explore the incredible early childhood education options FCUSD has to offer.

    Two Days, Same Family-Friendly Event! 

    • Wednesday, February 21 at Cordova Lane Center
      • 2460 Cordova Ln, Rancho Cordova
    • Thursday, February 22 at the District Office
      • 1965 Birkmont Dr., Rancho Cordova
    • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    Activities will be available for children!

    RSVP and learn more about the Early Education Expo HERE. 

    Stay informed!

    Visit our website at www.fcusd.org to find important information, including events and information posted on the District Calendar and an archive of all community Messages.


    Upcoming safety presentations; substance abuse, internet safety
    February 9, 2024

    FCUSD Community: Please read below to learn about upcoming presentations that will help prepare you to keep your student safe.

    Substance abuse prevention, February 13 (virtual webinar)

    Folsom Cordova USD - Health Services, Tobacco Prevention programs, is pleased to host guest presenter, Shari Egeland, M.S., M.F.T., Associate Director and Research Specialist of Omni Youth Programs. This 1-hour virtual presentation will address: impacts of substance use on the adolescent brain, trends in substance use, health impacts of vaping (marijuana & nicotine), signs of use/addiction, tips on having conversations about substances with your child, and resources. Presentation date:  February 13th, 1 pm - 2 pm and again from 6 pm - 7 pm. Register at https://forms.gle/GW7cytQ3is1xMssdA by February 12th, 2024. 

    Internet Safety for Kids & Teens, February 21, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (virtual webinar)

    The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, Sacramento Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will present a webinar on internet safety. Topics covered will be how to protect your child from sextortion and human trafficking. Please see the  attached flyer with information on how to register.


    Board Briefs and Updates, Feb 2
    February 2, 2024 

    Dear FCUSD Community: Please read below for important updates, along with recaps of the Special Meeting on January 29, and Regular Board Meeting on February 1.

    In The Loop with Supt! Features Cordova High School

    We’re delighted to share the January ‘24 edition of In the Loop with the Supt! which highlights remarkable student accomplishments and activities at Cordova High School. Explore the International Baccalaureate programs, Career Technical Education offerings, Visual & Performing Arts, Media Production, and the stellar sports options at Cordova High School.

    Watch the January edition of our series, featuring Cordova High by clicking HERE to see the diverse pathways that shape students' success, as Superintendent Sarah Koligian, Ed.D. keeps you "In the Loop with the Supt!"

    Regular Board Meeting, Thursday, February 1

    Walnutwood High School and Innovations Academy

    At the Board meeting, the administration of alternative schools in the District presented the exciting learning options offered at Walnutwood High School, our independent high school for 9th - 12th grades, and Innovations Academy, a 100% virtual school for 1st -12th grades. Both programs are fully WASC accredited and will be enrolling for the 2024-25 school year soon. 

    Walnutwood HS and Innovations Academy presentation can be found HERE.

    Want to learn more? Attend their OPEN HOUSE

    • When: February 22, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Where: 10848 Gadsten Way, Rancho Cordova

    Questions? Call 916-294-9105 or 916-294-2445

    Transitional Kindergarten and Early Learning

    Transitional Kindergarten (TK) programs have expanded and are thriving throughout our District.

     See the presentation HERE for more information.

    To learn more about enrolling your student in TK and other early learning programs such as preschool and school readiness, join us at an upcoming Early Education Expo. See below:

    FCUSD Early Education Expo: Little Learners, Big Dreams! 

    Join us to explore the incredible early childhood education options FCUSD has to offer.

    Two Days, Same Family-Friendly Event! 

    • Wednesday, February 21 at Cordova Lane Center
      • 2460 Cordova Ln, Rancho Cordova
    • Thursday, February 22 at the District Office
      • 1965 Birkmont Dr., Rancho Cordova
    • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    Activities will be available for children!

    RSVP and learn more about the Early Education Expo HERE.

    Budget Update

    Staff presented a summary of the Governor’s January budget proposal and the anticipated impacts on District financial obligations for the 2024-25 school year. Please click HERE to read.

    The budget will continue to be carefully examined by staff and the Budget Advisory Committee over the next few months. Adjustments to the budget may be made when the Governor’s May revised budget is released. The Board will then adopt the budget for the 2024-25 school year in June of this year.

    Special Meeting: Feasibility Report on Reorganization and Discussion, January, 29

    A Special Meeting was held on Monday, January 29 for the FCUSD Board of Education and the Council Members from both the City of Folsom and the City of Rancho Cordova. School Services of California (SSC) presented the results of the reorganization feasibility study they conducted to determine if all nine (9) statutory criteria set forth by the California Department of Education (CDE) would be met if the District separated into two school districts based on the city boundaries of Folsom and Rancho Cordova.*

    *NOTE; While Folsom Cordova USD has the majority of schools in Rancho Cordova, areas of the city are also served by Sacramento City USD and Elk Grove USD. The Feasibility Study pertained only to schools within Folsom Cordova USD.

    The feasibility study concluded that three (3) of the nine (9) statutory requirements were not sufficiently met. A summary of the report is attached.

    Below are the CDE nine criteria and the analysis provided by School Services of California:

    1. Adequate Number of Pupils - Substantially Met
    2. Community Identity - Substantially Met
    3. Equitable Division of Property and Facilities - Substantially Met
    4. Discrimination/Segregation - Not Substantially Met
    5. No Substantial Increase in State Costs - Substantially Met
    6. Sound Educational Program - Not Substantially Met
    7. No Substantial Increase in School Facilities Costs
    8. Increased Property Values - Substantially Met
    9. Effect on Fiscal Status and Management - Not Substantially Met

    Following the presentation and discussion, the Board did not express an interest in taking active next steps in the reorganization process. The Board emphasized their ongoing commitment to increasing positive learning outcomes for all students, and to maintaining robust communication between the District and the community.

    As the decision to separate the District will ultimately have to be reviewed by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), the California Department of Education (CDE), the State Board of Education (SBE), and approved by voters, this process could potentially take many years. FCUSD staff will continue to focus on student achievement following the District’s Vision and Mission of the District.  


    FCUSD Procedures: Drug Detection Dog Searches

    Dear FCUSD Community,

    To keep and maintain safe learning environments, FCUSD is reinstating the use of drug-detection K-9s (canines) to conduct searches on school campuses, in accordance with School Board Policy 5145.12: Use of Drug-Detection Dogs (BP-5145.12):

    In an effort to keep the schools free of drugs, the district may use specially trained non-aggressive dogs to sniff out and alert staff to the presence of substances prohibited by law or Board policy. The dogs may sniff the air around lockers, desks, or vehicles on district property or at district-sponsored events as long as they are not allowed to sniff within the close proximity of any students. BP 5141.12

    The initial phase will concentrate on high school campuses, with FCUSD employing K-9s from law enforcement partners. This K-9 program offers searches of public schools, free of charge, utilizing non-aggressive dogs trained for detecting drugs, weapons, explosives, and other items deemed illegal or against policy. Searches will be coordinated with school site administration.  

    In cases where a student's personal belongings are searched, notification of the search and its outcome will be promptly communicated to the parent/guardian. 

    These prescribed procedures are anticipated to contribute significantly to the reduction of students engaging in the use of drugs and tobacco, with the overarching goal of eliminating the presence of illicit substances from our campuses.


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