OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
5735 47th Avenue Sacramento, CA 95824
(916) 643-9000 FAX (916) 643-9480
Jonathan P. Raymond, Superintendent
September 10, 2010
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Ellyne Bell, MA, LMSW
Trustee Area 1
Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed your summer break and that your first week back
Vice President on the job was both enjoyable and successful.
Trustee Area 7
The start of a new school year is an exciting time. As members of the executive staff
and I visited campuses this week, I was struck by an encouraging sense of optimism
Roy Grimes, MPA, MBA, CGFM
2nd Vice President throughout the district.
Trustee Area 6
The work of an urban district – especially one as diverse and, at times, challenging as
ours – isn’t for cynics. It takes a strong belief that the best is yet to come, that
Jerry Houseman, Ed.D.
Trustee Area 2 improvement is always possible. Helen Keller, who overcame a life of hardships,
perhaps said it best: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be
done without hope and confidence.”
Trustee Area 3
In that spirit I would like to thank you for your confidence in our students, for your
belief that they can and will exceed expectations – ours and theirs – as they progress
Gustavo Arroyo through the year. Thank you for your faith in our families, your confidence in the idea
Trustee Area 4
that by earning their trust we can enlist them as powerful partners who will ultimately
make our jobs easier. And thank you for trusting that changes taking place will result in
Diana Rodriguez a year of great teaching and learning.
Trustee Area 5
Of course, some will say that it is easy to be optimistic the first week of school before
Arthur Fong certain realities inevitably set in. And it’s true that our confidence will be tested in the
Student Board Member
weeks and months ahead. Try as we might to plan for adversity, we will face
difficulties, as always. But I believe if we meet those challenges with hope, unity and
the flexibility to change course in the face of obstacles we will reflect on this year with
I look forward to seeing you at your campuses throughout the year.
Jonathan P. Raymond