December 17, 2019
Dear Folsom Cordova families and community:
As we wrap up our first semester of the 2019-20 school year and head into the holiday season, I want to pause and thank all of our families and community members for your hard work, dedication, and commitment to supporting our students. Folsom Cordova has taken on some heavy challenges in recent months, and I want you to know how proud I am of the many successes and accomplishments our schools have achieved this past year.
Those accomplishments surround us daily, such as one of our Cordova High teachers earning accolades for her exceptional Product Innovation and Design courses, or Folsom and Vista del Lago high school being named some of the best STEM schools in the nation. Even outside the classroom, Team FCUSD goes above and beyond to improve the lives of students - like Carl Sundahl yard supervisor Tupou McCready, whose creative efforts to connect with kids are documented in this video.
Many of our families may have questions about our ongoing budget challenges. We are working collaboratively with our families, staff, and students to find sustainable solutions as we continue to grapple with a state education budget that challenges us to think outside the box. School districts across the state are experiencing fiscal challenges due to rising employee and operating costs that are outpacing revenues, and Folsom Cordova is no exception. Each potential solution creates impacts, both positive and negative, that have given us more opportunities to engage with those directly affected and with our stakeholders. Our guiding principles - to minimize staff reductions and avoid impacts to student learning - are at the center of this work. I am encouraged by the willingness of our entire District to re-imagine how we best serve our students and organization.
Our resolutions for the new year remain steadfast and student-centered - to equip every child with a high quality education surrounded by caring adults who are committed to their success, and to continue to take care of ourselves so we can best take care of our most precious resource, our children. Holiday greetings and best wishes for a peaceful and healthy New Year!
Dr. Sarah Koligian