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It is with great honor and dedication I begin my first year as the Corning Union Elementary School District superintendent. I am very pleased to have been so openly welcomed into the community of Corning. I come to Corning with the experience of having been a superintendent and principal of two school districts in Monterey County for the past six years. I also have the experience of working as a first and fourth grade teacher in Kern County for many years. My experience included working in the migrant education program and with students and families of diverse cultures and ethnicity.
I recently completed a doctorate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in educational leadership. My dissertation research was a case study examining the superintendent’s role with instructional leadership.
It is my plan to build on the work previously accomplished in Corning as well as to set in motion a series of strategies to bring the Corning Union Elementary School District to a new level of excellence. I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, District and site level faculty and staff members, students, parents, and community members to accomplish the mission of giving all students the opportunity to reach established academic goals, encouraging self to promote pride in their schools and community, and instilling an appreciation for lifelong learning.
THE CITY OF CORNING
Corning is a bustling farm community touted as the “Olive Capital of the World” located at the south end of Tehama County. The City is situated about 115 miles north of Sacramento in California’s Central Valley and about 20 miles south of Red Bluff, the County seat. The population for the City of Corning in 2002 was 6,775 with Corning Union Elementary School District ranking third in the number of major employers in the area.
Corning Union Elementary has six schools. Our oldest school is West Street Elementary (K-5) with 249 students, Olive View Elementary (K-5) with 505 students, Woodson Elementary (K-5) with 437 students, Rancho Tehama Elementary (K-5) with 62 students, and Maywood Middle School (6-8) with 612 students. The District also operates Columbia Academy (Corning Area Community Day School) with approximately 10 students and a Home Study program with an enrollment of 18 students. Each campus has been modernized and has state-of-art technology equipment and computer labs. The District strives to provide safe and clean campuses that are fenced and secured. The District recently began installing security surveillance cameras on several campuses. The community has access to the playgrounds and facilities after school hours.
The District began the process of examining school grade level configurations in 2010. Parent and community input are valued during this process. The Tehama Department of Education will present findings relevant to current and available research during an open session meeting. The District will notify parents and community members of the date and location of this meeting.
Corning Union Elementary provides transportation within the District boundaries. Transportation services are shared with the Corning Union High School District. Elementary students (K-5) that live more than ¾ mile and middle school students (6-8) that live more than 1 mile from their school are eligible for District transportation.
Enrollment at Corning Union Elementary School District for the 2010-2011 school year was 1946. The student population consists of 56% Hispanic, 39% Caucasian, and the remaining 5% divided among Asian, African American, American Indian or no response. The District is proud to have a culturally and ethnically diverse student population. More District demographics are available on this website under the District School Accountability Report Card.
ADMINISTRATION & MANAGEMENT
The District currently employs six certificated administrators: the district superintendent, four site principals, and one assistant principal. There are also seven classified managers: the chief business official, coordinator of human resources, data services and categorical programs supervisor, a director of maintenance and operations, a food services director, a transportation director, and a library and media services coordinator.
FACULTY AND SUPPORT STAFF
Corning Union Elementary School District employs eighty-eight fully credentialed classroom teachers. All teachers in the District are working with the proper certification from the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing and have been certified as highly qualified under the auspices of No Child Left Behind. The District also employs two school psychologists, one counselor, one nurse, and two music teachers.
The District also currently employs over fifty paraprofessionals who work with students and support teachers in the classroom. The use of highly qualified paraprofessionals allows for small group instruction and further individual attention for students.
The District also employs the following support staff positions: seven bus drivers, six school secretaries, three secretaries/bookkeepers, four library clerks, three health aides, fourteen food service staff members, twelve custodians, one groundskeeper, two technology specialists, and one HVAC specialist. The District office also employs a MAA coordinator/administrative assistant, an accountant I, an accountant II, a bilingual & migrant education coordinator, and one administrative assistant/secretary to the superintendent.
The Corning Union Elementary School District is pleased to be able to offer counseling services, special education, speech pathology, a district nurse, health aides, intramural programs, middle school athletics, music instruction for all grades, and after school programs open until 6:00 p.m. during the instructional year. The Maywood Cougar Marching Band has over 100 students participating. These programs have proved to support our students in their academic, social, mental, and physical development. The needs of special education students are being met through both Special Day Classes and Resource Specialist programs. Some specialized services for special education are provided through the Tehama County Department of Education. State preschool programs and Head Start are located on District facilities.
Maywood Middle School is currently involved with the EAST program, partially funded by an Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grant. Students in this program receive extensive technology training and recently implemented a community based learning project. Students in the program are required to maintain a high grade point average in order to participate. The middle school also offers a variety of programs for students to prepare for college. Please visit the school site web pages to see all of the fine programs offered for students.
The District will make it a priority to continue to search for grant funding to support an integration of the arts program with the current educational programs.
Professional development for staff members is a high District priority. Every Monday school dismisses early as so teachers and administrators can engage in collaborative professional learning communities. In these sessions teachers review student assessment data, discuss strategies to improve instruction and student achievement, collaborate in grade level teams, and engage in professional development.
The District is a member of the California Rural Network and has completed the first year of training for Instructional Rounds. The purpose of the California Rural Network is to develop and support the capacity of our district leadership through sustained interaction with leaders from other rural districts and with a team of education specialists to increase efficiency in the use of time, staff, money, and resources while improving student learning. As members of this Network, Corning has become part of a learning community with an explicit practice that is designed to bring discussions of instruction directly in the process of school improvement.
The Corning Union Elementary School District was also one of seven Districts in the state chosen to participate in the Stanford English Language Learner Leadership Network. The work of implementing best practices for English Language Learners is also supported from a grant from the S. H. Cowell Foundation. The Network is dedicated to the study and implementation of policies and practices that lead to improved academic outcomes for English Language Learners.
The Corning Union Elementary School District has made student achievement its highest priority. The Board of Trustees has adopted Core Values to set priorities for spending and policies ultimately affecting all decisions of the District. All core academic subjects in all of our schools use state adopted and Board approved textbooks and instructional materials. Each school has a Single Plan for Student Achievement approved annually by the Board of Trustees. The Local Education Agency Plan is also reviewed and approved annually by the Board of Trustees. This plan outlines the long term goals of the District to improve student achievement. The District has been and is experiencing positive growth in test scores in all areas and for all subgroups.
Corning Elementary students transition into Corning High School upon graduation form Maywood Middle School. The high school and elementary school work together to align their curriculum and meet state standards to ensure a smooth transition into high school.
The Corning Union Elementary School District Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, and staff are proud to serve the students of Corning and their families. We believe that it is our moral and professional responsibility to ensure every child enrolled will receive the highest quality education.
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