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 2017-2018 School Year
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. It is an honor and privilege for me to serve the Escalon community as the Superintendent of Escalon Unified School District (EUSD). EUSD is fortunate to be in a community who supports our school district and most importantly our students and to have a dedicated staff that makes student learning a priority.
Our dedicated teachers and support staff have received training and will continue to receive training on state standards as well as the district’s essential practices. While critics have stated the negatives associated with the new standards, I believe that everyone would agree that better preparing our students for college and career is a positive. The new state standards allow for greater student involvement in the learning process. Students will be involved in text-centered discussions and analysis which requires higher levels of reading comprehension. Math standards are no longer 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 look at options for students within our district. We have added a health care pathway at EHS and a home school component (Gateway Home School) to our Escalon Charter Academy. Additional elementary music has been added for the 2017-2018 school year and the district is looking at the potential of adding additional Career Technical Education programs at EHS and an elementary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program at an elementary school site.
To meet the challenges of the 21st century, EUSD is continuing to incorporate technology into our instructional programs. The district currently has over 1700 student Chromebooks and is continuing to increase the number of Chromebooks available to students. As we start the school year, all 3rd through 8th grade students will have their own district Chromebook.
Thanks to the support of our community through our local bond, EUSD facilities have and are continuing to receive upgrades and improvements. Escalon High School modernization phase 1 (classroom modernization) is completed and phase 2 (gym and music building) will be completed by September 2017. A new water system at Collegeville Elementary was completed and the design phase for new construction/modernization for Dent Elementary is underway. Also, thanks to the newly formed Escalon Educational Foundation for their support and commitment to our district, but most importantly to our students!
In addition, the district is undertaking a major solar project which began in July 2017. When completed, the electricity generated by the solar project will supply a vast majority of the electricity used by the district.
I am proud of our excellent schools, teachers and staff and the focus they are putting on student learning. I invite you to be a partner in our schools and welcome your participation. To keep up on what is happening in our district, please read the District Newsletter under the Families menu on the homepage of the website.