Loss in the BC Family
It is with great sadness, that I report the tragic death of David Rosa, who graduated from BC in 1991. He later became the Fire Captain of Station 10 in Long Beach. David’s father, Paul Rosa, was a long-time member of the BC School Board.
David was senselessly slain, while fighting a fire on Monday, June 25th. This hits the BC Family hard, so we will fly our flag at half-staff this week to honor the memory of this great public servant and Warrior. We will notify the community if we hear of any fundraisers to support the family. You can read the full story on the Press-Telegram website. Please join us in praying for the family. Thank you and God bless you all.
A Special Request From The Superintendent
We are continually grateful to the Lord, and to all of you, for the turnaround at BC this year. Some of the changes have been challenging, but they were necessary to place the school on a solid financial footing. I am glad to announce that we have made it possible for every family to remain at BC regardless of their financial situation and based on their individual need.
One of the major changes we made this year is a significant pay reduction to our teachers and staff. They originally sustained a 20% pay reduction, but that was reduced to a 15% reduction after we received another large donation. The Bible states that the workman is worth his wage (Matthew 10:10b), and I am sure you’ll agree that our teachers and staff are worth their full pay. In order to restore their salary now, we need a $300,000 infusion to our budget.
We have avoided the closures that have affected over 45% of ACSI schools, but our teachers and staff have borne a large part of the financial burden. Make no mistake that our school will survive, but our goal is to thrive, expand and grow into a school of excellence in all areas. Our competitive advantage is through our people, so I ask our community to dig deep again to support these people that make an enormous difference in the lives of your children. Next year is shaping up to be a strong financial year for us, but we need your financial support to restore salaries this year.
Thank you again for all you do to make BC a tremendous school ministry. Let’s continue to partner, so we can move from a ministry to a Movement that will make an ever-expanding impact on the world for Christ!
May God bless you, and may God continue to bless Brethren Christian!
Message from Dr. John Moran
I wanted to let you know about a new State Law, AB 500, which has gone into effect this month.
The law provides that every school in California must post their policies on Staff/Student interactions on their website. ACSI (The Association of Christian Schools International) legal counsel has advised us to review and update our policies on such interactions to align with the intent of the new law, which is to minimize the chance of inappropriate activity between staff and students.
Although our staff will not be able to maintain students as contacts on personal social media sites or to post photos of students on those sites, we may continue to interact with students and post photos on all of our official: BCHS websites, BCHS Facebook pages, and any other official BCHS social media sites. As always, we will endeavor not to post photos of those students, whose parents have asked that their children’s photos not be posted at all.
Student Safety is our top priority at BC, and these steps improve the safety of each of our students, while complying with state law. These policies do not in any way intend to diminish the warm, friendly and caring environment of our school community. While we have not had a single complaint from parents or students about inappropriate Staff/Student interactions, it is prudent to have policies in place to further improve the safety of our students wherever possible.
As you will see in the policies posted on our website there may be exceptions that can be approved by the Superintendent in special cases required to assist a student and his/her family. Please note that these policies are similar with every other school in California and are common practice throughout the country.
Please review these policies, and let your children know why we are implementing them. I will speak with the students about these policies in chapel next week, since we do not have a chapel this week due to final exams.
Thank you so much for your understanding, and know that we will continue to take every step possible to maximize the safety of your children, while maintaining the kind and friendly atmosphere that makes BC such a great place for children and their families.
Message from Dr. John Moran