Superintendent Banda kicks off new school year on Tuesday
State Superintendent Tom Torlakson to help welcome kids back to class

Press release

August 28, 2014 (Sacramento):  Superintendent José L. Banda will kick off both the new school year and a 100-day introductory tour of the community at SCUSD’s annual Sacramento Goes Back to School celebration on Tuesday (September 2).

Superintendent Banda will be joined by State Superintendent Tom Torlakson and SCUSD Board Vice President Christina Pritchett.

Banda was appointed to the top post in Sacramento earlier this summer. The former Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools — Washington state’s largest K-12 district — he brings 34 years of public education experience to the job, including three decades in California schools. Mr. Banda has served students as a teacher, counselor, principal and superintendent over the course of his career.

Mr. Banda has said he will spend the first few months of his tenure listening to the community and learning about the successes and challenges of Sacramento’s diverse urban schools. Immediate needs include increasing student enrollment and increasing college- and career-readiness opportunities for every student.

This year’s “Sac Goes Back” event will be held at Albert Einstein Middle School, a campus on the rise. In the last few years, Einstein’s test scores have increased, enrollment has grown and the school has expanded its sports, arts and technology-based programs. Einstein is a model for other SCUSD schools.

Media is invited to follow Mr. Banda as he greets parents, students and staff on the first day of school. A schedule of his campus visits will be available on Tuesday morning.

WHAT: Sacramento Goes Back to School – First Day of School Kick-Off Event
WHERE: Albert Einstein Middle School, 9325 Mirandy Drive
WHEN: 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2
WHO: SCUSD Superintendent José L. Banda