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Research shows that students who have pride and ownership in their school stay in school.

This year, one goal of the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) involves earmarking $900,000 to help student engagement in extracurricular programs to build relationships, develop social and physical skills, and stay involved with their school.

The money will be used to fully fund all athletic programs at Santa Maria, Righetti and Pioneer Valley high schools. School sites will now work with equipment vendors to secure the best prices and create purchase and replacement cycles. In the past, site athletic departments had small budgets that were mostly eaten up by transportation. Coaches then had to fundraise, rely on admission fees and make special efforts for more funding.

The revenue generated by sports will now go to ASB (Associated Student Body) activities. It will be spent on leadership, dances, clubs, trips and other related events. Also, all students will be able to attend athletic events for free as sometimes several dollars can be a hardship and unfairly exclude young people. Sites are evaluating other school activities for accessibility. Non-students will be charged.

“Research after research shows that when students are connected to their school, they do better academically,’’ SMJUHSD Superintendent Dr. Mark Richardson said. “It’s a people issue. We want to create a situation where coaches are not constantly fundraising because that means less time with the kids and creates lots of turnover.’’

The SMJUHSD LCAP has eight goals to improve education at the schools with many actions and services totaling more than $10 million. The entire program can be viewed at

The state's new accounting system of local school funds is known as the Local Control Funding Formula or LCFF. The goal of LCFF is to simplify the distribution of educational funds and gain flexibility, according to the California Department of Education.

Every school district in the state is required to implement a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for LCFF.

“The LCFF/LCAP Plan will set the course for our district for years to come and it touches on many parts of the organization,'' Dr. Richardson said.

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