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Superintendent's Update - FEBRUARY 2019

Dr. Joan Rosas, SuperintendentDear San Mateo-Foster City Community,

I hardly know where to begin! We came back from the winter holiday and it has been a whirlwind ever since. Happy Lunar New Year and Happy Valentine’s Day too!
Congratulations Bowditch & Borel Middle Schools!
Every other year the California Department of Education invites qualifying schools to apply for the California Distinguished School Award.  This year there were only three invitations made to middle/high schools in San Mateo County. Two of the three invitations went to our schools… Congratulations go out to both Bowditch and Borel Middle Schools!
New Grants for the District - We were successful in attaining three grants for our District:

  • Preschool Expansion - We received a grant to open another 12-month, full-day preschool class at the Turnbull Child Development Center. We have had a waiting list of parents seeking subsidized care and we are very pleased that we will successfully meet that growing need.
  • Special Education Credentials - We received a grant to support staff who are interested in obtaining their special education credential.
  • Low-performing Student Block Grant - We received a state grant that will be used for supporting student achievement in the area of math.

Enrollment Update
Tom Williams, our district demographer, presented enrollment information at the last board meeting. While birth rates are down, San Mateo and Foster City have seen increased housing so the net effect will be a fairly stable enrollment picture for the next five years. Do remember that we are still overenrolled for our current facilities, thus the need for our Measure X expansion projects.
Measure X Update
After months and months of paperwork, we are seeing progress on our Phase I Measure X facilities projects. In Foster City, demolition of the shopping center is starting. In San Mateo, bid walks are starting for the gyms and classrooms at the three middle schools and, if those go well, you will see shovels in the ground this spring!
Wishing you well,
Joan Rosas, Ed.D.