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Superintendent's Message

Dear Members of the Lafayette Community,


The purpose of this letter is to inform you of a situation that was recently brought to my attention regarding the Lafayette School District’s Measure B Parcel Tax. In reviewing the most recent tax bill that residents of our community received, we learned that the initial parcel tax rate was incorrectly applied beginning when this tax took effect in July 2015. We also discovered that the 2017-2018 inflation rate exceeded by .8% the 3% consumer price index (CPI) cap that was stated in the parcel tax ballot language. This results in a difference of approximately $26.00 per parcel, per year, for the past two years and for this current year.


We regret this mistake; however, the Governing Board and I are actively working to quickly fix this error going forward and promptly return the amount owed.


This information was brought to my attention by a resident who, after reviewing his annual tax bill, realized that there might have been a miscalculation of his parcel tax amount. I am personally grateful that he brought this to our attention so that we can address and rectify this as soon as possible.


Please know that we continue to be extremely appreciative of your support of this parcel tax and our District. The parcel tax funds are critical to our District and support programs and services for our students that are of the very highest quality.


As soon as we have more information about the process for repayment, I will be sure to share it with you.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at    


Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation.


Very respectfully,



Rachel Zinn


Lafayette School District’s 2017 CAASPP Scores Among Top in the State

The California Department of Education (CDE) released test score results from the 2017 Smarter Balanced assessments of math and English language arts on September  27th. This was the third year of testing based on the Common Core State Standards, using assessments created with input from several states in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). These tests form part of the state's California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP.   Student scores are categorized into four achievement levels that indicate whether a student has exceeded, met, nearly met, or did not meet the standard in grades 3-8 and 11.


We are pleased that students in the Lafayette School District tested far above the state and county average. Of the third through eighth grade students tested, 83.47% of our students met or exceeded standards in English Language Arts (ELA), and 81.37% met that same benchmark in mathematics. Our scores place us amongst the top of all California school districts in both ELA and math.


According to the publication, EdSource, the Lafayette School District is ranked 22nd in the state out of 1,000 school districts in ELA and 18th in the state in the area of mathematics.  This places the Lafayette School District among the top 2% in the state.  We have many reasons to celebrate and honor the outstanding work being done by teachers, administrators, and support staff throughout our district. Continued high test scores do not happen by accident. They reflect the commitment, hard work, and dedication to classroom instruction that is of the very highest quality.


Mary Maddux, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, presented an overview of the District’s CAASPP results to the Governing Board at the October 18th regular Board meeting. For a comprehensive overview of statewide CAASPP scores click here.



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Congratulations to Linda Mara, LAFSD Teacher of the Year for 2017-2018

"When I started middle school, math was the least of my concerns. I busied myself with friends and sports. It wasn't until 7th grade when I was a student in Ms. Mara's class that I started paying attention to mathematics.  Ms. Mara's enthusiasm for her job is evident and she has bountiful energy towards her students. Her classes are not only engaging and fun, but also educational and effective. She adapts and modifies her teaching style for every student. Whether math is or isn't your thing, Ms. Mara is dedicated to making sure you enjoy learning in her class. I remember many times where she made an effort to talk to me outside of class when she saw that I was struggling and offered her help and support. Ms. Mara makes school enjoyable and her classes are captivating. I am now inspired to work in a STEM field, and I am currently taking multiple STEM classes in high school. Thanks to Ms. Mara, not only has my career path changed, but my attitude towards school has soared."  Madeline Wilson, former student, Stanley Middle School

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