SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2016 - 6

UPFRONT TODAY A WORD FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR is published for: Small School Districts' Association 925 L Street, Suite 1200 Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 662-7213 Debra Pearson Executive Director Executive Committee Linda Irving, President Superintendent, Sebastopol Union Elementary School District Dr. Helio Brasil President-Elect Superintendent, McSwain Union Elementary School District Andres Zamora, Treasurer Superintendent, Livingston Union Elementary School District Dr. Don Brann Founder Dr. Justin Cunningham Superintendent, Bonsall Unified School District Dr. David Evans Founder Stuart Packard Superintendent, Buttonwillow Union School District Terri Rufert Superintendent, Sundale Union Elementary School District Alvin Sandrini Emeritus Barry Simpson Bishop Unified School District Tim Taylor, CCSESA Liaison Butte County Office of Education 6 D ear Colleagues: Welcome to our second issue of SSDA TODAY. We produce this magazine in order to connect you to the work SSDA is doing to help small school districts save time, money and produce great results. It also serves as yet another communication tool to provide you with information tailored to help you enhance student achievement, reduce operating costs and learn from one another. It will be published twice a year. Small school districts have unique needs, and SSDA gives them a voice. We are the only organization in Sacramento that focuses solely on small school district issues. If you are not a member of SSDA, you are missing out on benefits that your colleagues are receiving, so I urge you to join us today. More importantly, the stronger we make our organization collectively, the more effective we will become in our individual districts. Membership in SSDA includes many benefits to your school, district, county or business, including: * Legislative Advocacy * Collaboration SSDA TODAY | FALL/WINTER 2016 * Professional Development * Support Services Our legislative advocates work diligently to protect and increase small school district funding and to ensure that the special needs of small school districts are reflected in waivers, exemptions and other legislative provisions. For the 2016-'17 school year, our focus will be to educate all legislators about the unique needs of small school districts. Although we represent the largest majority of school districts in California, when new legislation is proposed the question, "How will this effect small school districts?" is rarely raised. Our team will ensure that this question is asked and that the needs of small school districts are adequately addressed. Additionally, we will continue to work on Department of Industrial Regulations (DIR) regulations, which negatively affect many small districts. Newly imposed rules require most of your general maintenance jobs to fall under the definition of a public works project, resulting in a major financial drain to general funds and hardship to our local contractors by imposing unattainable requirements in paperwork and contractor qualifications. SSDA will continue to fight for change to these regulations and will also continue to support small school districts with individual issues and concerns. Thank you for being part of this great effort to ensure that our small school districts get results. I look forward to working with each of you in the upcoming school years.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2016

Executive Director's Column
New Federal Guidance on Transgender Bathroom Access
List of Initiatives Headed to November Ballot Long and Diverse
Ballot Measure Wild Card: Gov. Jerry Brown
What Every Leader Needs to Know about Technology: Education Innovation Alliance
Is Your Compensation “Creditable” Towards Retirement? New CalSTRS Regulations Seek to Further Clarify the Answer
Super Strong: The Extraordinary Nature of Leadership Resilience
News and Notes
Advertiser's Index

SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2016