I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone at BAS, staff and students, a very Merry Christmas and the best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year.
It is customary at this time of the year to reflect on the events of the past year and we have certainly had a number of outstanding events and accomplishments this year at Beaumont Adult School. All of our programs continue to be recognized for excellence and this past fall our Parent Academy program was recognized by the Riverside County Office of Education and the 23rd District PTA for exemplary practice in parent engagement. This is not surprising as our Parent Academy continues to provide workshops and programs for parents in our district ranging from pre-K instruction for preparing children to enter school to the Discovery Zone program providing exciting discoveries of learning in new areas to both parents and their children.
Of course, in my opinion, the crown jewel of accomplishments for the schools was the success of the dual accreditation by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in November. All of us can be extremely proud that both accrediting agencies found our school to be fully compliant in all ten required standards, the absolute best report any school can receive. Although we won’t know the final decision by both accrediting agencies until their commissions meet this spring, I am confident that the school will receive the highest level and longest term of accreditation possible.
Although the state of California’s budget problems are far from over, with the passage of Proposition 30 by the citizens of this state, at least the threat of further budget cuts to education has been forestalled. Adult education will continue to struggle throughout the state, even with no immediate threat of budget cuts, however at Beaumont Adult School we continue to receive strong support from our district leadership and from the community for the work that we all do here.
All of the accomplishments of our school programs and the achievements of our students are due to the part that each and everyone plays at BAS. So I thank you all for your dedication, hard work and accomplishments and I know you will continue to do so in the future.