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Updated Fri, Dec 6th

On Thursday, November 21, 2019, the Campbell Union School District (CUSD) Governing Board held a 5th public hearing and adopted a resolution approving the proposed sequence of elections, the transition to trustee areas, and the preferred Trustee Area map labeled “purple” in Exhibit D of the resolution. The next step in the approval process happens Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at 5 p.m., when the County Committee on School Disrtrict Organization holds a public hearing on the matter.

map of trustee areas approved 11-21-2019

The proposed trustee area maps have been posted on the Campbell Union School District’s CVRA website and made available to view at the District Office since October 17, 2019. This election process DOES NOT impact school attendance boundaries.

Historically, the CUSD’s five Governing Board members have been elected under an at-large election system, where all trustees are elected by voters within the entire District. Under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), at-large elections are impermissible if they result in racially polarized voting.

“We don’t believe our current form of elections violates the CVRA,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “However, we do believe that it is in the public interest to transition to trustee-area elections to protect the district from a CVRA claim—valid or not.”

The District Superintendent is authorized and directed to send a copy of the Resolution to the County Committee on School District Organization, and to work with the County Committee and the County Elections Office to conduct all legally required hearings and other acts necessary so that trustee-area elections can be implemented in the election cycles scheduled in 2020 and 2022. 

For more details about the transition, and to see upcoming public hearing dates, visit the district’s CVRA webpage.

Updated Thu, Dec 5th

With just a few months completed, we are more thankful than ever to everyone in our district's community for their support of ALL of our students.

Superintendent Shelly Viramontez shares this message of appreciation to everyone who supports Campbell Union School District as we edicate our preschool-through-8th-grade students to their highest potential.

Updated Fri, Nov 22nd

Citing the need to attract and retain quality teachers in the wake of multi-year budget cuts and gloomy funding forecasts, the Campbell Union School District Governing Board voted unanimously to place a $98 parcel tax measure on the March 3, 2020 all-mail ballot. 

“We are committed to protecting the quality of education for our elementary and middle school students,” said Board President Michael Snyder. “A local education parcel tax would provide stable funding for our district that will not be at the whims of state funding fluctuations.  It will also help us stay competitive with teacher salaries and benefits."

In recent years, dozens of highly-qualified teachers have left the district as they have needed to find more affordable areas, according to Superintendent Shelly Viramontez.

“Great teachers are at the center of student achievement and engagement, especially in core academic and advanced programs in reading, writing, math, arts and science. Without additional funding, we may continue to lose many of our great teachers,” she said. 

If approved by voters, a measure could support:

  • Attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers by keeping salaries competitive and providing new teachers with adequate training and support.
  • Sustaining strong academic and advanced programs in reading, writing, math, arts and sciences.
  • Ensuring that every student is reading at their grade level.
  • Providing support for struggling students.
  • Retaining school employees that keep our schools safe, clean and well-maintained.
  • Providing advanced courses for high-performing students.

All funds would be locally controlled and would benefit CUSD elementary and middle schools. No funding could be taken away by the State or used for other purposes. 

  • A potential parcel tax measure requires mandatory fiscal accountability, including:
  • A citizen’s oversight committee to ensure the monies are spent as promised.
  • All of the revenue from the measure would be spent here in our local schools, it cannot be taken away by the State and funds will go directly toward improving education for our children.
  • Senior citizens would be eligible for an exemption from this tax measure. 

This measure would need to be supported by at least 66.7% of those who vote on the measure in order for it to pass. All registered voters within the boundaries of Campbell Union (Elementary) School District are eligible to vote on the potential measure. 

To register to vote visit www.registertovote.ca.gov.

To find out more about voting in this election, please contact the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters at (408) 299-8683.

Updated Mon, Nov 18th

The Campbell Union School District, in partnership with The Tech Interactive (formerly known as The Tech Museum), is excited to announce the Museums for All program.

Families of students are welcomed at the Tech Museum for All program, which allows entrance for $1 per person for up to 6 people. How? Mention wanting to participate in the Museum for All program at the door.

Updated Thu, Dec 5th

In Campbell Union School District, we are very committed to ensuring our students and staff are safe. As a result, we consistently practice a variety of emergency situations, from earthquake to an intruder on campus drills.

Our safety procedures, including sign-in and gate procedures, are developed with a safety consultant and in cooperation with local police and fire officials. Our training incorporates the same Incident Command System (ICS) protocols used by these first responders. ICS is a consistent structure and process to provide command, control, and coordination of emergency response.

For more information about our emergency procedures, please visit our district's emergency information website.

Updated Fri, Nov 15th

We've extended the deadline to participate in your school's Thoughtexchange and add your voice to our planning process.

We believe that working closely with our community is essential to meeting the needs of our students. As part of our annual planning, we want to understand what is important to you for your school and the District. One way we do that is through Thoughtexchange—an online tool that allows us to learn the thoughts and priorities of the people affected by our decisions.

Share your Thoughts by November 22! 
Please join in the Parent/Community conversation about your child's school and district.
Por favor únase a la conversación de los padres/la comunidad sobre la escuela y el distrito de su hijo.

It is an easy 3-step process:
  1.  Share – answer open-ended questions about education in our schools
  2.  Star – review and ideas from other stakeholders
  3.  Discover – learn what is important to the community as a whole

We are committed to making sure our students are educated to their highest potential, and we rely on your feedback and input to help guide that direction. That is why we are asking for your participation in an online community conversation about what we're doing well and areas in which we can improve.

Sincerely,
Dr. Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent

Updated Wed, Nov 13th

The Campbell Union School District’s Governing Board is currently elected under an “at-large” election system, where trustees are elected by voters of the entire District. On September 19, 2019, the Board adopted Resolution #2019-20-10, declaring its intent to transition from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections, where each Board member must reside within the designated trustee area boundary, and is elected only by the voters in that trustee area.

The demographer presented the proposed maps at the Board's October 24th meeting and public hearing. (See the maps)

The Board held several public hearings on the topics, and plans to vote on a final map at a Special Board Meeting, at 7 p.m., Thurs., November 21, 2019, at 155 N. Third Street, Campbell.* 

Pursuant to Elections Code section 10010, subdivision (a)(2), the proposed trustee area maps are posted on Campbell Union School District’s CVRA website and also available to view at the District Office.

*Please note: Trustee area maps do NOT alter school attendance area boundaries.

Updated Wed, Oct 30th

With interest in how to ensure their children don’t get too much of a good thing, more than 200 parents, educators and health professionals attended a screening of the documentary film Child, Disrupted. Co-sponsored by School Linked Services and Campbell Union School District, the film presented facts about technology use and child development.

Following the movie, Superintendent Shelly Viramontez moderated a question-answer discussion with panelists Filmmaker Krista Riihmaki, Common Sense Media Regional Manager Jamie Nuñez, Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, and District Special Education Administrator and Psychologist Stephanie Cima.
The most frequent message from panelists was to seek balance with technology.
Filmmaker Riihimaki shared a personal story about the negative role technology played in her brother’s mental health, and ultimate demise, that motivated her to make Child, Disrupted. The experts in the film emphasized that social interaction and interacting with the physical world is critical to brain development in children, from infants and through their teens.
“Overuse of technology has an impact on physical and mental health,” said Common Sense’s Jamie Nuñez. To reduce excessive use, he suggested first looking at the relationship you have with the child and considering some family rules.”
Supervisor Ellenberg suggested increasing activities that don’t involve technology, such as hiking, and going to the park. She also shared that First 5 has resource centers that provide a range of support services.
For schools, Superintendent Viramontez noted that there have been compelling reasons to increase technology use in schools, among them: providing students with more equity in access to instruction, teaching them how to use technology as a tool for creating rather than passive consuming, and preparing them with the skills they will need in this Information Age.
“Technology is how our children are going to interact with the world," she said. "We would be doing them a disservice if we didn’t engage them in using technology effectively as a tool and not a distraction.”
You can download information on Common Sense Media’s recommended tools, in English and Spanish, on our website.

Updated Wed, Oct 30th

Great teachers can bring out the best in students. They are at the center of student achievement, especially in core academic and advanced programs in reading, writing, math, arts and science. In recent years, dozens of highly-qualified teachers have left for more affordable areas. Without additional funding, our District may continue to lose great teachers.
 
The Governing Board of the TK-8 Campbell Union School District (CUSD) has been discussing a potential local funding measure that would help maintain quality education in our elementary and middle schools.
 
Let Us Know What You Think.
We’d like to hear from you. Our webpage includes answers to frequently asked questions and a short survey to help us learn what is important to voters in our district.

Updated Wed, Oct 16th

We’re proud of the success that our elementary and middle school students achieve. Maintaining high-quality teachers and instructional programs with less funding in our pricey Bay Area housing market presents a great challenge to that success.

School districts throughout the Bay Area, including ours, are experiencing declining enrollment. Over the past three years, Campbell Union School District has seen a 6.5 percent decline in enrollment, resulting in a drop in average daily attendance (ADA) funding, the major backbone to State funding for our schools.

Great teachers are at the center of student achievement, especially in core academic and advanced programs, and State funding is critical to keeping teachers hired, class sizes down, and quality instruction for all students. Over the past few years, the district has experienced a high turnover of teachers, due to the cost of living in the Silicon Valley. Dozens of highly-qualified teachers have left for more affordable areas. Without additional funding, our neighborhood elementary and middle schools may continue to lose great teachers.

We need to respond with local solutions.

To protect quality education for the district’s elementary and middle school students, the Campbell Union School District Governing Board is considering placing a parcel tax measure on a future ballot. All of the funds would be locally controlled, would benefit schools in our own district, and could not be taken away by the State or used for other purposes. There also would be an exemption process for senior citizens.

For more information and to participate in a short survey, please visit the “Proposed Measure” page on our district’s website.