Hemet Unified School District has scheduled two meetings on the Hill to allow educators and the public to discuss its Local Control and Accountability Plan. The LCAP is a plan describing the district’s overall goals for the upcoming school year.

These plans are a crucial part of each school district’s Local Control Funding Formula. This provides districts greater flexibility in control over how to spend funds in order to improve student success.

HUSD’s LCAP has three main components: all students will graduate from high school either college or career ready; all students will read at grade level or above, and English Learners will acquire English proficiency in no more than five years; and all schools will have a positive, safe and engaging climate.

In order for students to graduate from high school either college or career ready, multiple initiatives were put in place to give students necessary tools to meet this goal. This year, eighth through 11th graders were encouraged to take the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test College Prep exam and 12th graders were able to take their Scholastic Assessment Tests at no cost. Counselors and other staff members have worked with students to prepare for their tests and their futures outside of high school.

Staff members created programs to help students read at grade level or above and help English Learner students acquire English proficiency. Elementary, middle, and high schools have received more support through new positions and programs to help students read at grade level. Elementary schools hired teachers and instructional aides to assist students in a new Reading Intervention Program. This program helps students start at a young age to develop and perfect necessary reading skills encouraging their educational pathway.

For schools to have a positive, safe and engaging climate, multiple programs were put in place to ensure students not only feel safe, but have an active role in improving their schools. Programs like Building Assets, Reducing Risk (BARR), Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS), and Peers Leading Usable Skills (PLUS) allow students access to added support from staff and peers.

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, HUSD officials will have the first of several public meetings to discuss and hear community views on its LCAP. This session will be in the Governing Board Room.

The first of two Hill meetings will be 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, at Idyllwild School. The second is at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at Hamilton K-8 School.

Visit www.husd.k12.ca.us/lcff for more information about the HUSD LCAP.