Acton-Agua Dulce USD Re-Opens Acton SchoolPosted by District Staff at 11/17/2016 12:15:00 AM
AADUSD is Growing:
Meadowlark's enrollment has exceeded its capacity and we need to re-open Acton School in the fall of 2017 to ensure class sizes remain low.
Please join us for a town hall discussion regarding this topic and specifically what we should name the newly upgraded facility. Included in this discussion will be California Education Requirements.
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 7:30 pm
Meadowlark Elementary School
3015 W. Sacramento
Vasquez High School Gym/MPRPosted by District Staff at 11/1/2016 12:30:00 PM
Vasquez High School Gym/MPR Facility Open House
The Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District is proud to announce an open house to celebrate the completion of the Vasquez High School Gym/MPR facility on Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The new building houses full court basketball and volleyball facilities, drama room, live performance platform, weight room, locker rooms, team rooms student store, and a full service cafeteria.
Congressman Steve KnightPosted by District Staff at 10/28/2016 10:00:00 AM
United States Congressman Steve Knight Visits High Desert Middle School
On October 20th Congressman Knight, AADUSD Board President Mr. Mark Distaso, Superintendent Dr. Brent Woodard, Mr. Costan President of Acton Town Council and Mrs. Tracy Costan walked from High Desert School to the corner of Crown Valley Rd and Sierra Highway on the way to the Acton Agua Dulce Library. This is the exact route our students travel everyday. In a joint effort; Congressman Knight has asked his staff to research available options to insure the saftey of our students when traveling to and from school, proposed options may include possible grants, working with our local government agencies and Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program.
Top 10 Improved School DistrictsPosted by District Staff at 10/21/2016 1:00:00 PM
Article written by Housingwire.com
Where to buy a home? Top 10 improved school districts!
Our district schools have been named number 7 on this list! Our ranking went from 49 out of 76 to being ranked 35.
For a number of years Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District has actively pursued significant improvement in all of our schools. After much hard work and dedication by our Board Members, District Superintendent, staff, and community members these improvements have come to fruition.
We are not done! Our district will continue to improve!
Please read the actual article posted below.
High Desert Music Keyboard Program - Mr. RowlandPosted by District Staff at 10/14/2016 9:00:00 AM
September 20, 2016
Dr. Brent Woodard
Ms. Kim Lytle
Mr. Mark Distaso
Mr. Ed Porter
Mr. Michael Fox
Mr. Larry Layton
At the close of school today, I was feeling rather reflective and felt the need to compose a brief letter of appreciation to our school district leadership. In the over thirty years that I have served in the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District, I can't remember there ever being a period of time where so many positive changes and programs are being instituted simultaneously.
The district, under your collective leadership is choosing to invest large sums of financial resources into the education of our local youth as well as improving school beautification. Everywhere one looks, you see signs of innovative programs beginning as well as technology resources being made easily accessible in all district classrooms. It's very exciting and inspirational.
I personally want to express my sincere gratitude that as a district you were willing to financially invest in the High Desert School piano keyboard program. When Ms. Lynn David presented me with the challenge to create a music program that all sixth grade students could access during the school day, I was both honored and bewildered. A meaningful program would be expensive, and I wasn't sure if our district even had the funds to implement such an idea. Ms. David encouraged me to "dream big" and see what I could create.
I have always been grateful that the district supports the after school hand bell program that I coordinate. Each year I have the humble privilege to witness the power of music in the hands of our local young people. The hand bell program started very small and has grown into a source of great pride for so many individuals. Definitely that particular dream grew far larger than I had ever imagined.
After piano class today, I was filled with a similar kind of joy and excitement. It's hard to describe the emotions one feels to witness an entire class of beginning music students experience in unison the satisfaction of working together to create music. The word "magical" sums it up pretty well.
I assure you the money that you budgeted for this program will be a wise investment. As far as I know, we may be the only public school with a piano keyboard studio where all entering sixth grade students are taught music as a regular part of their academic curriculum. Rest asssured that I will take this responsibility that you have entrusted to me seriously. This is a new venture in my teaching career - and it's a journey that I am sincerely grateful that you have allowed me to traverse.
In sincere appreciation
High Desert School, teacher
FCMAT SPONSORED FISCAL TRAINING WORKSHOPPosted by District Staff at 9/19/2016 1:00:00 PM
On September 15th the Acton-Agua Dulce USD hosted a financial training workshop for the District's authorized Charter Schools.
Thirteen of our fifteen Charter's were represented at the training. This was a fantastic turn out with over 25 participants in attendance. The presenters focused on multiple topics including attendance reporting, financial reporting, cash flow management, best practices and a variety of other topics related to fiscal monitoring and oversight.
The attendees expressed their gratitude towards AADUSD for hosting this training and felt the information was timely and beneficial to their schools.
This training represents one example of how the District continues to be a responsible authorizer of its Charter schools by providing direction, allocating resources, understanding the Charter schools financial position and building capacity for each organization.
Acton-Agua Dulce USD Successfully Refinances School Bonds, Saves Local Taxpayers over $530,000Posted by District Staff at 8/16/2016 1:00:00 PM
Acton-Agua Dulce USD Successfully Refinances School Bonds,
Saves Local Taxpayers over $530,000
AUGUST 2, 2016 – LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – The Acton-Agua Dulce USD successfully completed a refinancing of its school bonds, garnering over $530,000 in savings for District taxpayers.
In the case of the Acton-Agua Dulce USD, it originally sold General Obligation Bonds in 2008 to fund certain improvements at the high school, including health and safety, and athletic facilities. This was done with the support of local voters, in accordance with the successful passage of Measure “CF.”
A portion of the bonds have been repaid, with another portion outstanding and eligible for refinancing. Since the bonds are repaid from property taxes as approved by voters, any savings generated as a result of a refinancing are directly passed on to the taxpayers, the refinancing generated a saving of approximately 7.56% on prior bond payments.
The District availed itself of the prevailing low interest rate environment. It successfully reduced its interest costs from the original rate of approximately 4.78% to a new, lower rate of 1.72%.
The low rate also reflects the District’s healthy management and financial position. From a credit perspective, potential refinancing banks looked favorably at the District, offering very competitive rates.
The Board of Trustees and District Staff greatly value the strong support we receive from our community. With their help, we were able to deliver on our promises for better facilities at Vasquez High School. . Now, we are pleased that we can lock in savings on our bonds and give back to our taxpayers.
Brent Woodard Ph.D.
Superintendent Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District
High Desert School Middle School Crossing GuardPosted by District Staff at 8/16/2016 8:00:00 AM
As requested by the Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District, the County of Los Angeles has completed a traffic study for crossing guard services at the intersection of East Antelope Woods Road and Crown Valley Road also, East of Sierra Highway and Crown Valley Road.
The criteria for crossing guard service at a stop-controlled crosswalk are that there must be at least 20 elementary and/or middle school-aged pedestrians per hour using the crosswalk on their way to or from school, and a minimum vehicular volume of 500 vehicles per hour passing through the same crosswalk.
After analysis of the data both of these intersections meet the criteria for crossing guard service. Beginning on September 6, 2016 there will be two crossing guards assigned to each of these intersections during morning drop off and when High Desert students are released at the end of the day.
The cost for the crossing guards will be funded by the Los Angeles County of Public Works, Traffic & Lighting Division.
The safety of our Students has always been a priority of Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District; we could not be more pleased with the outcome. The district would also like to acknowledge the efforts of our district staff to work in partnership with Los Angeles County Public Works to see this project through.
NOTICE OF ELECTIONPosted by District Staff at 8/15/2016
NOTICE OF ELECTION
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL QUALIFIED VOTERS in the COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, that an election will be held on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016 for the purpose of electing the following:
1 Governing Board Member of ACTON-AGUA DULCE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Candidates for the above office must be registered voters residing within the district at the time the declaration of candidacy is issued pursuant to Section 35107 of the Education Code and Section 201 of the Elections Code.
Declaration of Candidacy forms for the election is available no earlier than Monday, JULY 18, 2016 and no later than Friday, AUGUST 12, 2016 at the REGISTRARRECORDER/COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE, 12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk, Ca. 90650, 2nd Floor, Room 2013, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Appointment to each elective office will be made as prescribed by Section 5328 of the Education Code and Section 10515 of the Elections Code in the event:
a. There are no nominees or there is an insufficient number of nominees for such office(s) and
b. A petition signed by 10% or 50 voters in the district or division, if applicable, whichever is the smaller number, requesting that an election be held, has not been presented by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, AUGUST 17, 2016.
Persons requiring multilingual assistance in Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Thai or Vietnamese regarding information in the notice may call (800) 481-8683.
DEAN C. LOGAN
Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk County of Los Angeles
PUBLICATION DATE: JULY 13, 2016 (THURS) REQUISITION #:17000924 PUBLISH IN: ACTON AGUA DULCE NEWS S: ECA: W: ALL HANDBOOKS: GENERAL 2016: Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District
Vasquez High School – Staff and Student ParkingPosted by District Staff at 8/15/2016
We hope you are as excited as we are at the Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District about the progress made at the Vasquez High School campus
over the summer.
Our partners at the County of Los Angeles have road improvement work to complete before the final connection from the driveway to Escondido Road and parking in our new parking lot.
Therefore, parking for students and staff will continue on Red Rover Mine Road until the final completion of the road work is done. The safety of students and staff is always a main concern; security will be assigned at the upper parking location to ensure safety for all.
As always we look forward to welcoming back our students and kicking off another great school year.