The Coachella Valley Unified School District is discussing its past, present, and future during its "State of the District" ceremony. It was the first "State of the District" ceremony in eleven years.
CVUSD leaders gathered at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Wednesday morning with one goal in mind.
"How can we as a village really come together to continue to support our students moving forward?" said CVUSD Superintendent Dr. Luis R. Valentino.
Valentino said he wants to focus on students' academic success while offering support as they move past difficulties.
"I've spent a great deal of time identifying and supporting the trauma that has existed as a result of the pandemic," Valentino said. "And what do we need to do to prepare them while we still pay attention to the aspect of the social-emotional, that is part of our students' experience."
"We heard from current and former students who are thankful for the opportunities CVUSD provided,"
"Every month, I would attend to the district office and I would just report how things are going in school, the attitudes of the students, my peers, even teachers sometimes had some things to say. And you know, I'd be I was happy to report all of that," said Alexis Ramirez, student trustee for West Shores High School.
"I graduated from high school in 2015. Five years later, I joined the school board. Three years later, I'm school board president and I'm a product of this district, right, and I see myself as a success story of CVUSD. And just like myself, there's a lot of other classmates like myself that are doing amazing things," said Adonis Galarza-Toledo, CVUSD school board president.
As the district reflected on the past and present, they also made an announcement for future expansion.
"We're actually opening up soon our new North Shore school, it's actually going to bring our community in the East End a school to them so that we've long awaited for and that everyone's excited about," said Mariela Salcedo, CVUSD's Assistant Superintendent for Business Services.
The district is hoping to open that school by Fall 2025.