I am so proud to serve as the superintendent of Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District. Thirty years ago, I was recruited from South Dakota to teach elementary school in FSUSD. Needless to say, I fell in love with this district and made it my home. Fairfield-Suisun is an amazing district where we strive to make our vision become a reality. We are well on our way to being a premier district.
This past June was a landmark for FSUSD with the passage of Measure J. Thanks to the voters of Fairfield and Suisun, our district will receive $249 million dollars in facilities funding over the next six to eight years. Since the average age of our school sites is forty years old, these facilities dollars will make a significant impact in upgrading and improving our school campuses making them safe, welcoming, and nurturing environments. Our district has also committed 1% of its general fund dollars to deferred maintenance so we can continue to keep our facilities maintained and clean.
We are very excited for the 2016-2017 school year! We will be reopening two schools: Dover Academy for International Studies and Mary Bird Early Childhood Education Center. Dover is reopening as a transitional kindergarten through eighth grade school with a focus on international studies, with the potential of becoming an International Baccalaureate feeder school. Mary Bird will house our state preschool students as well as our preschoolers with special needs. Every dollar spent on preschool has a return on investment of seven dollars saved in intervention costs in the future.
Again this school year, we will focus on improving student attendance. We reduced our chronic absenteeism rate by one percentage point last school year. We definitely want to continue to improve this statistic so that none of our students miss 10% or more of their school year for any reason. Students who are chronically absent have a greater risk of dropping out and not graduating from high school. Our district is committed to supporting parents and students who struggle with student attendance.
Please continue to visit my page often for weekly updates (Monday Recap), and to read my blog (http://superintendentcorey.blogspot.com/), and follow my Twitter posts (@CoreyKrisc). See you out and about in the community!