Minutes from June 14, 2016 Open Board Meeting-SB Superintendent of Schools

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Open Board of Directors Meeting

 San Bernardino Community College District
114 S. Del Rosa Drive
San Bernardino, CA 92408



Present: Don Averill, Carole Beswick, Ken Coate, Jake Coin, Kevin Dyerly, Louis Goodwin, Dick Hart, Jay Jimenez, Al Karnig, Lowell King, Pam Langford, Temetry Lindsey, John Mirau, Dan Murphy, Jan Remm, Kristine Scott, Paul Shimoff, and Ray Wolfe.

Guests: Ashley Gaines

Announcements: 1) A MOU has been signed with the non-profit Tesla Foundation and the City of San Bernardino.  They will be using the SBIA facility to test and refine drones and robotics.  Additionally they will hold NEXTREND 2016 STEM & Robotics Expo in Logistics at SBIA from Sept. 30-Oct 2, 2016. 2) The Brookings event last week at the University of Redlands was well attended by Inland Action members.  The project is designed to develop a new plan for inclusive growth and opportunity for the Inland Southern California Region, with technical support from Brookings, that will put the region on a path toward a more stable and prosperous economic future. 3) The proposed new member Alta Pacific Bank was announced for the second time.  Mark Kaenel, formerly of Pacific Premier Bank, will serve as the member.  Members will vote next week.

M/S/P: Minutes from June 7, 2016.

Jay Jimenez introduced Ted Alejandre, Superintendent, San Bernardino County Schools and Lynne Kennedy, Alliance for Education.

The focus of the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools is a K-12 student population of 412,000 in 33 school districts and having them career and college ready when they graduate from high school. The “Cradle to Career Roadmap” identifies key milestones in a child’s academic, personal, social and career readiness, encouraging partnerships with all sectors of the community to support the goal of meeting the educational needs of all students from cradle to career.

They are highlighting Best Practices and uniting schools through a county-wide vision. Challenges are many with almost 70% of students in low income families and a mere 33% of students being college ready.

The Superintendent stated that school district focus areas are: College and career readiness, new rigorous state standards/professional development, social and emotional needs of students, technology for 21st century learning and family and stakeholder engagement.

They have seen improvements in college readiness and they are tracking systems and programs that indicate what is working in various areas. In the last five years graduation rates climbed over 10% and the number completing the 15 college-prep courses (A-G Requirements) has risen 9.5%.  Added counselors, positive behavioral interventions, multi-tiered systems of support and professional development have provided needed social and emotional support for students.

Many successful programs were described such as the Vision to Read program. The countywide campaign includes Family Reading Rally, school and library collaborative and Footsteps2Brilliance (an iPad learning system aimed at K-3rd grade). The AVID program is a college readiness system and they have seen 100% of AVID students graduate high school, 96% of AVID students complete A-G courses and 86% of this year’s AVID class has been accepted to four-year colleges and universities.

To build a STEM culture in in the county they now have 4,637 county students enrolled in Linked Learning Pathways. The Linked Learning approach integrates rigorous academics that meet college-ready standards with sequenced, high-quality career-technical education, work-based learning, and supports to help students stay on track. For Linked Learning students, education is organized around industry-sector themes. Linked Learning students earn more credits, are less likely to drop-out of school and experience higher graduation rates.  Superintendent Alejandre highlighted various successful programs that include Ontario-Montclair Promise Scholars, Freshman Renaissance in Ontario High school and Kinder March at Serrano High School.

Next steps include: Open Data Portal Prototype on June 20, 2016 which will help create a dashboard for each district that will measure and track changes in areas that matter most, rather than only end of year analysis.


A Building Industry Association Education Summit will be held on Sept. 8, 2016 and the Alliance for Education Re-envisioning will begin on Sept. 30, 2016 to review and make revisions that will make them more relevant and responsive for today.

A Q & A period followed.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 a.m.