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STEM in Yucaipa-Calimesa Is Attracting Beaumont Students

Beaumont Unified should offer something special to reverse the flow of Beaumont kids moving to neighboring school districts. It is time to do something.

I just read an article in the Press Enterprise from a link on The Banning-Beaumont Patch about the changes at Calimesa's Mesa View Middle School, click here to read the article. Mesa View is now offering a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) program for the district's sixth graders and STEM classes for 7th and 8th graders.

I have friends who have pulled their kids from Beaumont Unified to send them to Mesa View before the school began offering STEM curriculum. They were moving their kids because Beaumont had discontinued their GATE program and Mesa View was offering the AVID program. AVID , Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system for elementary through postsecondary that is designed to increase school wide learning and performance. Beaumont students don't have the opportunity for the AVID program until they reach high school.

All school districts are very concerned during these lean budget times about their ADA (Average Daily Attendance). ADA determines how much money the district receives from the state and is based on the number of students attending the district's schools. Yucaipa-Calimesa school district hoped the new program would attract students, and their ADA, to Mesa View from outside their district. It appears to be working, about 1/4 of the 820 students at Mesa View are from outside Yucaipa-Calimesa.

I have been arguing for a couple years that we should offer something special, such as STEM, for our kids and reverse the flow of Beaumont families moving their kids to neighboring school districts. We can't wait any longer, it is time to do something.

If you agree, please support my candidacy to the BUSD school board. I'm not asking for money or endorsements, I just need help getting my message out. I need to reach Beaumont parents directly. If you are a member of your kids' school site council or PTA organization, I could use your help. Let me know what time and where your upcoming meetings are scheduled, I'd like to come and speak to parents who might be interested in bringing something special to Beaumont. 

You, or your organization's representative, can email me at OurFocusOurKids@gmail.com.

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Greg M August 10, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Who's this Mcdonald clown?? He pops up from time to time to criticize, but never offers any credible information. If he is truely interested in the current state of BUSD and our kids future, why doesn't he offer up something positive instead of just coming on here and accusing people of lying? It is apparent to me that he is not really aware of all the facts.
James McDonald August 10, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I am not hiding Greg M or is that your real name! I don't use an alias and I am sure I'm not a clown! As for creditability, lets check our rolodex. By the way, I have offered something positive to my children's future as well as this community. I also have a right as a veteran who has fought for this country to criticize and have an opinion about a candidate who is running for an elected position who will affect my community.
Beaumont634 August 26, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I don't see BUSD busting down any doors to add a STEM program into the district. According to McDonald, they have been 'working on it' for a while now. What's the hold up??? What's taking so long?? At the open house for 6th grade at Mesa View, teachers said that they didn't want for the approval from Sacramento to get their STEM program going. They didn't dive into the politics that always seem to come with it. They applied for a STEM grant and received donations from area businesses to fund their program. They didn't have to bend the budget for it, either. They also said that from the idea of adding the STEM program to the first day of school this year, it only took them 18 months to get it done. Again..... hello BUSD.... what is taking you so long???? Oh, i'm sorry, are you too busy spending all of the money on your $12 million offices? That must be what's taking your priority, time and money. And, McDonald, congrats on being a veteran. But it has nothing to do with this post whatsoever. I have a right as a parent of four children that have been/ are going throught BUSD to criticize and have an opinion about a candidate who will affect my children's FUTURE!
Edward Brown October 17, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Hello Beaumont 634 The board did add the STEM curriculum in August, on the 14th at 01:43 minutes into the board meeting if you listen to the mp3 player recording of that meeting. I placed a blog post last nite about the approval of the program and how little our board members actually know about our 350,000 expenditure. I'm for it of course but would like to have researched other options before entering into the agreement with Klein Educational Systems for the Amatrol program we bought. Check out the program, it is pretty nice but we have no clue yet as to which training modules we have actually bought from what I can tell.
Edward Brown October 17, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Perhaps what I'm surprised about the most is that Lloyd did not update this blog after that August 14th board meeting when the STEM curriculum was approved. I was at the meeting for the entire meeting and must applaud Suzy Lara for wishing to table the item for some time until all board members could become more familiar with the proposition of spending 350,000 on the curriculum. Lloyd does a great job at barking at the district on various issues and so I can't harp at him too loudly for not updating this post that he started August 8th. Good job Lloyd, keep it up.

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