Superintendent Ron Costa
Ron has had the opportunity to serve as Superintendent of the Escalon Unified School District since 2010. Prior to serving as Superintendent, Ron served as an Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services, Chief Business Official, Director of Secondary Education, Principal, Assistant Principal, and most importantly, as a teacher. During his educational career, Ron has been involved at all levels of the educational system from Transitional Kindergarten through the university level. Ron strongly believes in being proactive – providing students the services to meet their needs instead of providing remediation when students are performing below standard and struggling. This belief is the basis for our district mission statement, “We will insure that all students learn at high levels.”
Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. It is a pleasure and honor to serve the Escalon community as the Superintendent of Escalon Unified School District (EUSD). There are many things that set our district apart from other districts. One of the most important is that our district is fortunate to be in a community who supports our students and our dedicated staff who make student learning a priority.
Our dedicated teachers and support staff continue to train and collaborate to insure that our instruction maximizes student learning. Our staff works to insure that students will be involved in text-centered discussions and analyses which require higher levels of reading comprehension. Math standards are no longer just memorized facts or processes; they now involve a much deeper level of understanding at the concept level which allows for students to apply their knowledge.
EUSD continues to provide options for students within our district. For the 2018-2019 school year, we added two CTE Pathways for students at EHS: a First Responders Pathway and a Computer/Game Design Pathway. We are also starting a Dual Language Immersion Program at Collegeville Elementary where students become bilingual and biliterate by 5th grade. The program is beginning with a kindergarten class and an additional grade level will be added each year.
To meet the challenges of the 21st century, EUSD is continuing to incorporate technology into our instructional programs. The district currently has in excess of 2200 student Chromebooks and is continuing to increase the number of Chromebooks available to students. As we start the school year, all 3rd through 9th grade students will have their own district Chromebook.
Thanks to the ongoing support of our community, EUSD continues to modernize our facilities in order to better serve our students. The high school has been modernized and the design for a combination of modernization and new construction at Dent Elementary is being reviewed by the Division of the State Architect. Once the district has approval for the design of the project, the construction phase will begin.
In addition, the district undertook and completed a major energy conservation project last year. Six school sites had solar panels installed that will generate 85% of district’s electricity demand. Also, new energy efficient heating and air conditioning units were installed at El Portal, energy efficient LED lighting was installed across the district and a high efficiency pool pump was installed at the EHS pool. These efficiency improvements will allow the district to continue to focus funding on the classrooms.
I am proud of our excellent schools, teachers and staff members and the continued focus put on student learning. I invite you to be a partner in our schools and welcome your participation in the education of our students. To keep up on what is happening in our district, please look at our district website at www.escalonusd.org or check out the Escalon Unified School District Facebook page.