Our Warmest Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season
Dear DUSD Community,
As we conclude 2019, I’d like to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to all who make Dublin an amazing place, including over 1,000 staff members, nearly 13,000 students, five board members, as well as our parents, families, and community members.
Although we have experienced challenging moments, and will no doubt continue to do so, it’s important to reflect on all we have accomplished together and continue our focus on providing a world-class education for all Dublin students. This year, there were many highlights for our District and I’d like to share some of my favorites:
High Academic Achievement Across Dublin Schools
As reflected in the 2019 California State Dashboard, Dublin schools continue to demonstrate exceptional performance in Mathematics and English Language Arts. While there is always room for improvement, it is encouraging to see our scores remain high. This is a direct reflection of the incredible work done by our certificated and classified staff to help our students achieve their academic goals.
Movement on Facilities Projects
In the last decade, the staggering growth in our district has been a challenge to manage from a facilities perspective. This year, we’ve taken major strides in this area by finalizing the design and acquiring the land for the second comprehensive high school. This sets the stage for the construction of a school that will ultimately accommodate 2,500 students. Murray and Frederiksen Elementary will soon begin new construction and modernization projects that will not only accommodate continued growth but also provide students and staff with facilities that are on par with our newest schools. Earlier this month, Dublin Elementary was allocated $33 million toward major repairs and upgrades, meaning all of our aging schools will be modernized. Finally, at Dublin High School, the track and field were renovated, creating a safer environment for our athletes and we broke ground on the new Science & Engineering Building, which will allow Dublin High to offer STEM classes to more students.
Teacher Contracts Approved
In April, the Board voted unanimously to approve the labor contract for our certificated employees. The new contract runs through the end of the 2019-20 school year, and includes a 4.5% pay increase, a health insurance subsidy, safety and security enhancements, secondary student contact limits, K-5 class size limits and more. The agreement was taken to the Dublin Teachers Association for ratification on April 15 and was approved by 99.8% of its members.
Leading the Way with Air Quality Index Guidelines
This year, our District became one of the first in the State of California to establish air quality guidelines and a sensor network. These guidelines, approved by our Board of Trustees, allow us to have a better understanding of current air quality conditions in various locations throughout Dublin, enabling more informed decisions to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
Five Board Members
With the elections of Catherine Kuo and Gabrielle Blackman, we are thankful to have a full, five-member, Board of Trustees for the first time in nearly a year. Earlier this month, four of our Trustees and both Student Board Representatives attended the California School Boards Association Annual Education Conference in San Diego. This valuable conference enables governance teams from districts and county offices of education to network with colleagues from across the state, sharing practical solutions and best practices for improving student learning and achievement. We are looking forward to working as a team to make sound decisions for our entire school community.
During this holiday season, I encourage you to reflect on the things and people who are truly important in your lives. It’s important for all of us to step back, put things into perspective, and appreciate our blessings.
I’d like to wish you and your family a great winter break and a Happy New Year. This is a high travel time, so please be safe and take care of yourselves, your family and friends.
Classes will be back in session on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.
We look forward to seeing you in 2020!
Dave Marken, Ed. D.
Dublin Unified School District