In Fall 2016, Dr. Lohwasser and I represented our district at the formation of San Rafael Community Schools Initiative. The mission is to transform the 16 public schools in San Rafael into community schools. A community school is a place a set of partnerships between a school and community groups.
Initiative partners collaborate with an integrated focus on meeting the needs of children and their families in the areas of learning, physical health, mental health, housing, food and transportation. Initiative partners cultivate community engagement in order to improve student learning, healthier families and more resilient communities. In September 2016, Governor Brown signed SB 527 which establishes the Learning Communities for School Success Program. One of the top funding priorities is community schools. I hope we will investigate funding sources from this program in 2017.