As I complete my first few weeks as your new superintendent, I want to say what an honor it is for me to lead the Baldwin Park Unified School District. I've spent my entire career in education in both Los Angeles and Orange Counties as a classified staff member, teacher, assistant principal, principal, director, and most recently served as an assistant superintendent for educational services. I am the father of three children who all attended public schools and my wife is a classified staff member. I can't remember a time when school wasn't central in my life. I just can't imagine doing anything other than being around kids and the adults who aim to inspire, to intervene, and to help make each student's future richer and brighter. Through all of my experiences in K-12 education, I've learned to appreciate the work of educators and the strength of a supportive, inspired community.
I'm proud of the work of Baldwin Park Unified School District staff and community in closing the achievement gap for students and am eager to learn as much as I can about how our schools operate. I'm also well aware of the challenges ahead of us with limited K-12 LCFF funding, Common Core State Standards Implementation, and our desire to expand classroom technology opportunities for our students.
This is an exciting time for our district leadership - we will have new faces directing our Business Services, and Student Achievement departments who come with an impressive set of strengths and experiences. All of us will be spending the next year working with you to learn and expand our program offerings. Just as I have high hopes and high expectations for our students, I expect nothing less from our administrative team. I know we are all looking forward to meeting you.
I plan to use this space on the district website to provide quick updates about district activities, opportunities, or simply to report on the innovative and inspiring things I see happening in our classrooms. All the best for the school year ahead!
Paul J. Sevillano
Dr. Paul Sevillano
Superintendent of Schools