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San Bernardino City Unified School District is a school district in California. It is the 8th largest district in the state, and serves over 52,000 students. It is made up of 44 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, 7 high schools, 3 special education schools, and 1 adult school. The district student body's ethnic makeup is 68.9% Hispanic, 15.7% African American, and 10.5% Caucasian.[1]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of California school district websites

Last rated on Jan. 30, 2012

The good

  • Budget information is available.[2]
  • Meeting dates, agendas, and minutes are present.[3][4][5]
  • Board member names and contact information are available.[6]
  • Administrative officials' names, phone numbers, and email addresses are posted.[7]
  • Current and open vendor contracts are available.[8]
  • Teacher contracts are posted.[9]
  • Audits are available.[10]
  • Records request forms are posted.[11]
  • School Accountability Report Cards presenting academic performance information are available.[12]
  • Employment application process is described.[13]

The bad

  • Local tax information is not available.
  • No contact information is present for staff dealing with public records requests.

Leadership

School Board

The seven member School Board is the primary governing body of the school district. Duties include adopting the yearly budget, approving expenditures, and approving curriculum. The board meets at 5:30 on the first and third Thursday of each month.[14]

Member Position
Louise Ayala Member
Barbara Flores Vice-President
Teresa Parra Craig Member
Judi Penman Member
Lynda Savage Member
Danny Tillman President
Elsa Valdez Member

Teacher Contracts

Teacher contracts are negotiated with the San Bernardino Teachers Association. The current agreement can be found here.

210 teachers were laid off at the end of the 2010-2011 school year as a result of budget cuts. 88, however, have since been rehired.[15]

Administrative Officials

Richard Bray was hired in July, 2011 to serve as Interim Superintendent, following a search that began earlier that month. Bray had previously served for five years as superintendent of the Tustin Unified School District, and the Hesperia Unified School District from 1994-2006. While he serves, Board selected Leadership Associates will continue the search for a permanent superintendent.[16]

Recent raises to two top administrative officials of 7%, which angered the San Bernardino Teachers Association. The district, however, maintains that by agreeing to pay the retirement share and other contract benefits, they are saving money by avoiding paying an early retirement incentive and hiring new officials.[15]

Unions

The largest negotiating body in the district is the San Bernardino Teachers Association. The SBTA is a body of the National Education Association and the California Teachers Association. The Association's President is Rebecca Harper, and a full list of SBTA leadership can be found here.

Budget

San Bernardino City Unified School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[17]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $368,131,971.86 80% $21,209,569.92 4.6% $70,554,346.69 15.3% $0 0% $401,211.43 0.1% $460,297,099.90
Averages: $368,131,971.86 80% $21,209,569.92 5% $70,554,346.69 15% $0 0% $401,211.43 0% $460,297,099.9

Academic performance

In 2010, the district was deemed to be in "program improvement," a federal program targeting failing schools that have not met two consecutive years of growth targets. In 2006-2007, for example, the district had a dropout rate of 34.5%.[18]

All schools are required to compile School Accountability Report Cards containing academic performance information. Those documents for individual schools can be found here.

Reform

In 2010, the district was awarded $57.6 million in school improvement grants by the state Board of Education, specifically designated for use at 11 different schools that had been deemed as underperforming. It was the largest block of money ever awarded to a single California district. Schools receiving the money are Davidson, Rio Vista, Barton, Hunt, Marshall, and Wilson elementary schools; Seranno and Shandin Hills middle schools; and Arroyo Valley, Pacific, and San Gorgonio high schools. Along with modifying the organizational structures of the schools, the funding will allow each underperforming student to participate in an individualized learning plan.[18]

Lobbying

Main article: California government sector lobbying

San Bernardino City Unified School District pays for services of the lobbying firm Alcade & Fay. [19]

References

See also

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