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ECS Seeking Input for Transportation Services Plan
March 13, 2023 – Eureka, CA - Eureka City Schools is in the process of developing its Transportation Services Plan and values your input.

How can you participate?

Thursday, March 16, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
2100 J Street, Eureka, CA 95501
Conference Room 114


[email protected]

As a condition of receiving revenue under California Education Code Section 41850.1, Eureka City Schools is required to develop a Transportation Services Plan that describes the transportation services it will offer to its students, and how it will prioritize services for pupils who are low income, as well as those that are in transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, and any of grades 1 through 6. The plan is scheduled to be reviewed and adopted at the March 30, 2023, Board meeting.

Let's make school transportation work for everyone. We look forward to hearing from you.  


13 de Marzo de 2023 - Eureka, CA - Llevar a los estudiantes a la escuela de manera segura es una prioridad. Estamos actualizando el ECS plan de transporte y valoramos su opinión.

Queremos Escuchar De Usted.

Jueves, 16 de Marzo de 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
2100 Calle J, Eureka, CA 95501
Sala de conferencia 114 

[email protected]
Hagamos que el transporte escolar funcione para todos. ¡Gracias!
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Eureka City Schools Names Sierra Speer Dillon Communications & Marketing Coordinator
March 9, 2023 - Eureka, CA - After an in-depth selection process, Eureka City Schools is pleased to announce Sierra Speer Dillon as the District’s new Communications and Marketing Coordinator.

In this new position, Speer Dillon will focus on providing leadership and direction for public and media relations, marketing programs, community engagement, internal and external communications, and tell the story of learning in Eureka City Schools. She will be responsible for the development and production of marketing and media materials, creative content for social and digital media, video and audio productions, managing the District’s online presence, and a variety of other communication tools that align with the Board and Superintendent's priorities.

“We have a vision of the future for Eureka City Schools and we want to share all of our amazing projects and accomplishments, but we knew we needed someone with expertise to help tell our story and capture all of these unique moments in time,” says Superintendent Fred Van Vleck. “After seeing Sierra Speer Dillon’s work throughout the years, learning more about her experience, and hearing her ideas and enthusiasm for this role, we felt confident she was the right selection.” 

Through her local positions as a multimedia journalist covering a vast array of stories at Redwood News and the Lost Coast Outpost, to developing innovative marketing campaigns that supported the business community at the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce, enhancing environmental awareness outreach and programming with the City of Eureka, and leading community service projects with Eureka’s Youth Council, Speer Dillon has shown that she’s not only versatile, but has continually worked toward the betterment of our community since moving here in 2015.

Speer Dillon says, “I believe my first hand experience in media, business, and government, while working with elected officials, community organizations, local youth, and the public has provided me with the well-rounded ability to build trust with, approach, communicate, recognize and respect people with diverse needs and agendas. An ability that will be vital in the success of fulfilling this role and helping to build a culture where all students can reach their full potential.”

Speer Dillon will be working closely with all ECS sites to ensure each school, department, and/or program is given equal opportunity to feel included, be recognized, and have the spotlight. She’ll be visiting sites throughout the year to gather information, film, photograph, and conduct interviews which will be used to curate content for the District’s press releases, website, social and digital media platforms, and various publications.

“I have always been passionate about human-interest stories, giving a voice to those who deserve to be heard, and shining light on the people who aim to make our community and world a better place,” says Speer Dillon. “Now I take such pride to be in the position of telling the story of Eureka City Schools; stories of the staff who have dedicated their lives to improving our community, the students who have big dreams for bright futures, the families that tirelessly advocate for their children, and to share all the amazing projects, initiatives, and milestones that happen within the District.”

Speer Dillon holds a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington and recently became a member of the California School Public Relations Association. 

We would like you to join us in welcoming Sierra Speer Dillon to the Eureka City Schools family. 
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School Safety & Security Update
February 10, 2023 - Eureka, CA – Schools should be an environment where students and staff feel cared for, safe, and secure.  In a recent update to the Governing Board, Gary Storts, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, provided an update on school safety and security efforts within Eureka City Schools (ECS).   Below is a recap of recent safety efforts, including current and future goals. 

Threat Assessment Training - In June, ECS sent 24 staff members to an FBI-led Behavioral Threat Assessment training.  This 16-hour in-person training provided fundamental information on targeted violence and prevention strategies.  The training benefits students and staff at ECS by helping staff recognize behaviors and indicators of individuals on the path to violence.  Attendees also learned how to apply key concepts in threat assessment, learn how to develop individualized threat management plans, and how to build and implement multi-disciplinary threat assessment and threat management teams.  

Safety and Security Coordinator Hired - This year, ECS hired a District Safety and Security Coordinator, Scott Mauroff, to review current processes and reinforce practices.  Mauroff previously served as the Gang Risk Intervention Program (GRIP) Coordinator at Eureka High School and as the Attendance Outreach Program Coordinator District-wide, for a total of 13 years of experience working within ECS.  In discussing school safety, Mauroff notes, “School safety is a priority at Eureka City Schools. Creating a safe atmosphere for students and staff is an important and foundational component for educational success.” 

Fire, Earthquake, and Lockdown Drills Completed - Since the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, staff have conducted 29 fire drills, 11 earthquake drills, and 7 lockdown drills.  During these drills, proper practices are reinforced, and concerns are addressed and fixed.  The District is planning two additional active assailant pieces of training, which will take place later this year. 

Safety and Security Site Assessments - In October, during a non-school day, Eureka City Schools conducted campus safety and security walkthroughs on each school campus.  Agencies involved in this all-day event include Eureka Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Keenan Insurance, and Humboldt Bay Fire.  “This is the first time a district in this area has had this extend of collaboration with emergency services,” noted Taylin Titus, Executive Director of Insurance Services, through the Humboldt County Office of Education.

Emergency Supplies in Every Classroom - District staff has worked diligently to purchase and assemble supplies for emergency buckets and grab-and-go bags, which will be placed in each classroom at all nine-school sites and several locations within the District Office.  The emergency buckets contain drinking water, a tarp, a radio/charger, a phone charger, glow sticks, trash bags, gloves, duct tape, batteries, toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.  The grab-and-go bags contain a first aid kit, safety apparel, a whistle, a copy of the emergency procedures, and class-specific items.  In December, students from the Associated Student Body (ASB) Club at Eureka High School helped assemble the emergency buckets before distribution at the sites.  Completed buckets were delivered to ECS sites in early-February 2023. 
School Resource Officers - ECS currently has two School Resource Officers (SRO) who provide support to nine school sites.  “Our objective is to bridge the gap between community members and police and to show a more caring, positive, and sincere side of law enforcement.  We are looking forward to collaborating with the ECS community and supporting our students,” notes Officer Marsolan.  Officer Marsolan has served as an SRO for seven years and this is Officer Arminio’s first year as an SRO.  Eureka Police Department Officer Tim Marsolan and Officer Don Arminio bring a combined 33 years of law enforcement experience to ECS campuses.

Future Plans - In terms of plans, ECS will soon introduce the Say Something Program from the Sandy Hook Promise, which teaches middle and high school students about different types of warning signs/threats and how to spot them (especially on social media) while also providing an anonymous reporting platform.  In addition, ECS staff now have identification badges, including a photo.  Campus visitors will also notice new campus signage and visitor check-in procedures, as a continued effort to keep students and staff safe.   All sites have updated their Comprehensive Site Safety Plans (CSSP) and Emergency Operating Procedures (EOP), all of which go through a thorough review process by District staff and outside agencies.   

Press Contact:
Micalyn Harris, Executive Assistant
[email protected]
Tel: 707-441-2414
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Eureka City Schools, in partnership with families and communities, promotes academic success and career readiness for every student.  We are committed to:

  • Ensuring rigorous and innovative programs through high standards of teaching and learning
  • Providing a safe and supportive learning environment
  • Embracing our diversity as a strength
  • Promoting creative expression, critical thinking and digital literacy
  • Offering relevant learning opportunities to help guarantee a sustainable future
  • Developing responsible, productive, and ethical citizens for our communities and the world.