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Mary Branca

Superintendent
EAST WHITTIER CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you and your children to a new school year. I am very proud to serve as your superintendent. I have lived in the East Whittier City School District’s attendance area for over 30 years. My daughters received a great education from our schools. My career in education started when I volunteered in their classrooms one day a week. I soon realized that teaching children was one of the most important and rewarding jobs. I went back to college to obtain my teaching credential and was hired by our district as a first grade teacher in 1986.

I have also served our district as a learning specialist, assistant principal and principal. Over the past six years I have served as the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services for four years and Co-Superintendent for two years. My four grandchildren attend school in our district while my daughter and her husband also teach in our schools. I am committed to the success of all of our children.

We are currently implementing the Common Core standards. Our teachers are learning together, planning together, and sharing best practices to provide every child with an excellent education. Our theme is “Opening the Door to Each Child’s Future,” and to do that it takes all of us working together to provide the best for our children.

In a related effort, we are moving forward with the implementation of our board approved Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). There are many programs and services that will be implemented to support and serve our students as the result of our plan. The plan was developed with input from parents, teachers, staff, and community members.

The LCAP is a requirement under a new state law called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Under the LCFF all school districts receive a base grant and additional supplemental funds to support English language learners, socioeconomically disadvantaged students and students in foster care. Our LCAP gives us the flexibility to meet the specific needs of our students and will be our guide as we allocate our funds each year. Our LCAP is a three-year plan that will be assessed and revised annually based on student data and input from parents, teachers, staff, and community members.

Our current LCAP includes implementing class size reduction in grades K-3 over four years. This year we reduced class size to 24 students in each kindergarten class, and we plan to reduce class size in first grade next year. We restored some counselors, intervention specialists, custodians, and assistant principals. Last year we started to refresh our technology for students and staff. To support our elementary schools and enrich our student’s experiences in the areas of science, art, and physical education we have added a travelling team of specialized teachers and assistants.

As your superintendent, I am fully invested in our district and our commitment to ensure continued success for all of our students. I wish everyone a very successful 2014-15 school year.

Mary Branca
Superintendent

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Mary Branca
Superintendent
mbranca@ewcsd.org

Alison Hernandez
Executive Secretary
ahernandez@ewcsd.org