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Project Lead

Matt Doyle, Ed.D.

Executive Director

Vista Unified School District

Communication Plan

Vista Unified is committed to maintaining high levels of communication with parents, students, teachers and staff as the district develops the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). In addition to this webpage, the district will continue to provide opportunities for feedback through town hall style meetings, district staff updates, parent advisory committee updates, and Parent Teacher Association (PTA) updates. Please refer to the calendar below to review the various opportunities for parents, community members, and staff to become involved in the development of the Blueprint and the LCAP. The district will also utilize the automated telephone system (Blackboard Connect Ed) to send out periodic updates on the Blueprint and LCAP to all parents and staff. Parents, students, and staff members may also submit feedback or ask questions at any time by using the stakeholder feedback form at the bottom of this webpage. 

Superintendent's Overview of the Blueprint Development Process

Click HERE to view a ten minute over view of the Blueprint Development process narrated by Dr. Vodicka. 

School Board Update on Blueprint Development Process

Click HERE to view the Blueprint development process update given to the School Board in December 2013. 

Blueprint/LCAP Development Timeline

Click HERE to access the Blueprint development timeline. 

Blueprint Alignment to State LCAP Priorities

Click HERE to see how the Vista Unified School Board Goals align to the Local Control Accountability Plan priorities. 

Stakeholder Feedback Form

Please click HERE if you would like to provide feedback on the development of the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation, as well as the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).

Blueprint and LCAP Stakeholder Feedback Results

Click HERE to view the latest results of the stakeholder feedback on the development of the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation and the LCAP. 

Frequently Asked Questions for Blueprint and LCAP

What is the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation?

The Blueprint is a plan of action that identifies the strategic parameters of the educational environment that are necessary for students to access the California Common Core State Standards and demonstrate attainment of the School Board Goals. 

What is Local Control Funding Formula?

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is the new school funding system identified by the California legislature in Assembly Bill 97 (Chapter 47) that shifts greater control and flexibility to school districts and charter schools for how education funding is allocated to improve student achievement. 

What is the Local Control Accountability Plan? 

The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is the accountability component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The LCAP is a three-year plan that outlines the actions the district or charter school will take to ensure that education funding is spent in a careful, focused manner for the purpose of improving achievement for all students; with specific emphasis on students who are faced with challenges such as poverty, English language acquisition, and/or foster care. 

What does the "accountability" part of LCAP mean?

All school districts and charter schools will be accountable to the California Department of Education to demonstrate annual improvement in eight priority areas: Basic Necessities, Implementation of the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics, Parental Involvement, Student Achievement, Student Engagement, School Climate, Student Access to Courses, and Other Student Outcomes. Each school district or charter school needs to develop and approve goals that will ensure the eight priorities are a key component of the LCAP plan. Click HERE to access the LCAP Priorities and data to monitor accountability. 

What is the difference between the Blueprint and the LCAP? 

The Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation defines the philosophy, vision, mission, values, and strategic parameters of Vista Unified School District; setting the foundation upon which specific actions, projects, and programs can be developed based on student need.  In other words, the Blueprint defines who we are as a district. The LCAP is a state requirement that outlines specific actions that will take place, using state education funding from the LCFF, to ensure that student achievement improves annually based on eight priority areas for all student subgroups. 

What are the student subgroups?

The state of California requires each school district and charter school to ensure that all students are successful academically and prepared for college and career. In order to ensure that minority student populations receive adequate support to continually improve academically, the California Department of Education requires all school districts and charter schools to report student achievement separated out into subgroups of the overall student population. There are twelve official subgroup populations identified by the state; however, districts need only track student achievement in the subgroups that are numerically significant (typically, 50 students or more who comprise 15% of the total student population). 

Racial/Ethnic Subgroups

  • Black or African American
  • American Indian
  • Asian
  • Filipino
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • White
  • Two or More Races

Other Subgroups

  • Socioeconomically disadvantaged students
  • English learners
  • Students with disabilities
  • Foster youth 

Who needs to be involved in the development of the LCAP?

School districts must actively engage all stakeholder groups (parents, students, community members, local bargaining units, and staff) in providing feedback on the development of the action items and allocation of resources necessary to support all students to continually improve academically. The involvement of stakeholders can be accomplished through a a variety of methods such as town hall meetings, community forums, on-line surveys, advisory committee updates and feedback sessions, School Board meeting presentations, and website communications. All funding decisions with regard to the LCFF and the district budget need to be aligned to the one or more of the action items identified in the LCAP. Finally, all official district advisory committees have the opportunity to submit feedback. The Superintendent must respond to the feedback from each committee in writing prior to the LCAP being approved by the School Board of Education. Click HERE for more information about the LCAP development process. 

What is the timeline for the development of the Blueprint and the LCAP? 

The development of the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation began during the 2012-13 school year and is anticipated to be finalized by June 2014. The LCAP development process began in September 2013 and must be approved by the School Board no later than June 30, 2014. Click HERE for a more detailed view of the Blueprint and LCAP development timeline. 

Who should I contact if I have questions about the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)? 

Donna Caperton is the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for the Vista Unified School District. Click HERE to email Donna Caperton. 

Who should I contact if I have questions about the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation or the LCAP?

Dr. Matthew Doyle is the Executive Director for the Vista Unified School District in charge of the Blueprint and LCAP development process. Click HERE to email Dr. Doyle.  

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

Click HERE to access the LCFF webpage to learn more. 

Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

Click HERE to access the LCAP webpage to learn more. 

Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation


Continuous Improvement

The Vista Unified School District is committed to continuous improvement in every aspect of the organization from promoting high levels of students achievement, to maintaining safe and secure facilities, to promoting active partnerships with local businesses, to securing access to university admission for all high school graduates. 

Continuous improvement requires on-going strategic planning. The Vista Unified School District completed a year long process of developing a Framework for the Future intended to ensure that students at all grade levels have access to, and are actively engaged in, a learning path that will lead to a seamless transition into successful collegeimages-3.jpeg and career opportunities. The development of the Framework for the Future started in September 2012 and included parents, community members, teachers, staff, and students. This Framework outlines the foundational principles that will guide the development and implementation of the district's Blueprint for Education Excellence and Innovation. All subsequent district plans, systems, policies, and procedures will be carefully aligned to the principles outlined in the Framework for the Future. 

The Framework for the Future establishes three anchor points that serve as the foundation for teaching and learning, as well as all other support systems within the school district. The first anchor point is setting a clear vision for the future, providing a sense of direction of where we want to go and what we want to become as school district. The second anchor point is the establishment of a mission that serves to define the overall purpose of the district, outlining specific language of why we exist. The third anchor point is the commitment to a set of values that all members of the school district (parents, students, teachers, and staff) will follow in order to ensure that all learning environments support the positive academic and behavioral growth of all students.  

Framework for the Future


Our vision in Vista Unified is to be the model of educational excellence and innovation. 



The purpose of Vista Unified School District is to inspire every student to persevere as a critical thinker who collaborates to solve real world problems. 



RESPECT: treating all with dignity

TRUST: having confidence that every decision focuses on the best interests of all students

COLLABORATION: working in a collective partnership with clear two-way dialogue that builds relationships among home, school and the community


Goal Setting

In order for the district to make progress toward the vision, and fully implement the mission, Superintendent Vodicka worked with the School Board Members to set overarching goals that encompass all programs and support for students including attendance, achievement, language acquisition, service learning, and school climate. These goals are closely aligned to the California State Board of Education priorities for the development of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). School Board members placed specific priority on proficiency in English language arts, mathematics, and reclassification of English learners. Each goal has a specific metric identified to continuously monitor progress toward achieving the goal over time.  

Vista Unified School Board Goals

Goal 1: We will attract and retain more students.

Metric: Interdistrict Transfers


Goal 2: The students that we have will stay with us, attend school more often, and will improve in their behavior.

Metric A: Graduation Rate

Metric B: Attendance Rate

Metric C: Suspension Rate


Goal 3: More of our graduates will be prepared for college and career.

Metric: A-G Completion Rate


Goal 4: To ensure that all students are making sufficient progress, we will monitor achievement based on Common Core measures in English language arts (ELA) and Math. Proficiency in the visual and performing arts (VAPA) will also be monitored. 

Metric A: English Language Arts (ELA) Proficiency Rate

Metric B: Math Proficiency Rate

Metric C: Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Proficiency Rate 


Goal 5: We will expect English learners to reclassify within five years. 

​Metric: Reclassification Percentage of English learners at 5 years


Goal 6: To ensure that we are actualizing our mission to inspire students to solve real world problems, we will engage students in service learning projects tied to the Common Core standards. 

Metric: Service Learning Assessments


Goal 7: To ensure that we are actualizing our mission and our values, we will invite students, parents, and staff to provide us with feedback through surveys. 

Metric: Survey results 

Blueprint For Educational Excellence and Innovation

With the establishment of a vision for the future, a clearly defined mission as an organization, values that promote a positive, student centered environment, and goals for what we expect students to achieve, the district is now prepared to move into the final phase of the Blueprint development process. The word blueprint is defined as "a detailed plan or program of action" (Miriam Webster, 2012). Graduation-Pic-3-4.jpgThe Vista Unified School District's Blueprint for Education Excellence and Innovation will provide a plan of action for how the daily educational environment will support students to access the California Common Core State Standards and demonstrate attainment of the School Board Goals. This phase of the strategic planning process will determine the strategic parameters that define what the organization will do in a specific, methodical, and consistent way to promote high quality teaching and learning. In other words, the strategic planning process will now focus on identifying the key actions, tasks, and projects necessary to realize the Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals.  In preparation for this phase, a series of public meetings have been held to inform and gather input from parents, community members, students, and staff members about how to ensure that Vista Unified becomes the model for educational excellence and innovation. All of the feedback gathered from over ten separate public meetings, as well as feedback gathered from on-line surveys, will be utilized during the strategic planning process.

This phase of the planning process is labor intensive because it will require the careful review and alignment of a variety of current district plans such as the Local Education Agency Plan, the School Safety Plans, the Technology Plan, the Special Education Strategic Plan, the Master Plan for English Learners, and others. The strategic planning process will also take into consideration who will be involved in each task and/or project, what structure will need to be in place to ensure success, how each task and/or project will be monitored, what risks are involved, and what timelines will need to be established to keep track of progress. 

A parallel project that is being developed along side the Blueprint is the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is a component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). elementary-students-computer-laptop.jpgEach school district and charter school is required to develop an LCAP to identify goals and actions the district will take to ensure that students have access to the California Common Core State Standards and demonstrate high levels of achievement on a variety of state and local assessments. The information for developing the LCAP will be taken from the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation. Please visit the Local Control Funding Formula and the Local Control Accountability Plan webpages for more information.