The Santa Maria-Bonita School District is inviting community members, parents and district staff to provide input about the programs and services that will be available to Santa Maria’s pre-school – 8th grade students over the next three years. A survey called the Local Control Accountability Plan is available on the district’s website at www.smbsd.org The last day to complete the 12-question survey is Friday, March 28.

The state of California has a new funding process for school districts called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). As part of the funding change, all school districts are required to develop a written plan for student achievement called the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP must include areas such as parent involvement, school climate, academic standards and student support programs, and the state requires that local stakeholders be involved in determining the priorities that each district will focus its funding on.

The feedback from the survey will be incorporated into SMBSD’s LCAP and will help guide decisions about programs and services available for students and funding for school and district projects.

SMBSD encourages and invites community participation in the district and schools. The monthly School Board meetings are open to the public (second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at 708 South Miller). Schools are happy to have business partners, volunteers and supporters. Students benefit from an involved, invested public.

Please consider taking the LCAP survey as another way to help support local schools and promote quality education in Santa Maria. Thank you.