March 16, 2016 – Student Council members from schools across the Bakersfield City School District had the opportunity to speak directly with administrators about the progress of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). District Interim Superintendent Kent Ashworth and Interim Assistant Superintendent Pat Alexander listened as students shared their comments and concerns.
“We should always listen to the students,” said Alexander. “They have a lot to say about their school experience. We have received valuable feedback.”
The students were asked a series of questions in relation to District programs, activities, and services that have been implemented at schools as part of the LCAP goals of Academic Achievement and School Safety. Most of the students present stated that they learn more when they have smaller class sizes, have access to libraries and technology, and can enroll in Summer and After School Programs. Almost 100% of students responded that they enjoy going to school and know of an adult they can trust, and all students responded that they feel encouraged while at school.
“We weren’t scared to talk, we were very open and sincere,” said Eissler Elementary student Manuel Gonzales. “I will go back to my school and share ideas and the outcomes from this meeting.”
“I have learned how to connect better with other students,” said Compton Junior High student Chase McLewis.
BCSD will use the information they gathered during the 2015-2016 LCAP evaluation process as they work towards developing and improving LCAP for the 2016-2017 school year.
“It is very exciting to see students engaged,” said Ashworth. “We’ve found that they have an opinion and we hope learn from it.”