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    Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

     

    Dear Stockton Unified staff, students, families, and community,

    It is my honor and privilege to serve as Interim Superintendent of Stockton Unified School District.  I look forward to continuing our mission of ensuring all SUSD students graduate college, career, and community ready.

    I want to begin by thanking each and every family for supporting their child throughout the pandemic.  I know the transition to distance learning this past March was difficult, and I applaud our students, families, and staff for their flexibility, resilience, and for working together to manage such a challenging endeavor.  

    One of the many lessons reaffirmed by the pandemic is that we are stronger together.  Despite our inability to physically come together, we saw record-high participation from students and families, resulting in better-informed decisions in our pandemic response.  This is incredibly encouraging, and I implore you to continue collaborating with us.  As my team and I begin developing plans for returning to school in the fall, we will once again look to you for input so that we can make the best decision for our students and schools, together.  Please look for this survey on our website and social media.

    Events in recent weeks have also reminded us all that we each have an important role to play to address racism and implicit bias in education.  As a district, we must continue to keep equity at the center of all we do, and to use education to encourage conversations regarding racism while in our classrooms; we must also provide the tools for our families to have them in their homes.  Building leadership capacity with “Equity Leaders” is essential in closing the educational gaps that exist in our school and district settings, and I will maintain support for district efforts that promote these conversations with all SUSD stakeholders.

    Developing relationships and creating connections with our community is vital to the success of our District and our city.  We remain committed to engaging, educating, and empowering our families, and ensuring they always have input before decisions are made.  Whether you have a student in SUSD or you simply live within our boundaries, we encourage you to take advantage of the many engagement events we hold every school year and to get involved in the decision-making process and the education of our youth.

    In the coming months, our district must address significant budget cuts.  This will be a difficult task, but I vow to keep these cuts as far away from classrooms as possible.  Our District is already proactively working to provide financial stability. We encourage all stakeholders to weigh in at events that we will hold in the fall.

    Our District has made great strides in providing students with access to high-quality, standards-based material, as well as access to wrap-around support services.  As we move forward, we shall remain dedicated to providing high-quality first instruction, rigorous curriculum, and supporting academic achievement and social-emotional development.

    In closing, I look forward to connecting with you online, in our schools, and in the community. Enjoy the remaining weeks of the summer! 

    Respectfully,

     

    Brian Biedermann
    Interim Superintendent of Schools
    Stockton Unified School District

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