Open Board Meeting-Ted Alejandre, Superintendent of Schools, County of San Bernardino
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Open Board of Directors Meeting
Norton Regional Event Center
1601 E. Third St., Suite 138
San Bernardino, CA 92408
Present: Deborah Barmack, Peter Barmack, Carole Beswick, Ann Bryan, Mike Burrows, Rachelle Bussell, Mark Cloud, Ken Coate, Sandra Cuellar, Kevin Dyerly, Sandra Espadas, Adam Eventov, Ashley Gaines, Louis Goodwin, Jay Jimenez, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, Pam Langford, Dale Marsden, P.T. McEwen, John Mirau, Tomas Morales, Dan Murphy, Michael Rivera, Dan Roberts, Kristine Scott, Paul Shimoff, David VanVoorhis, Steve von Rajcs and Ray Wolfe.
Guests: Ted Alejandre, Bill Essayli, Sheriff John McMahon, Arnold San Miguel, Todd Warden and Brett Waterman.
Announcements: 1) Underwriting opportunities are still available for the Washington, D.C. legislative reception. Please contact staff if you would like to participate. 2) Business cards for those participating on the Washington, D.C. advocacy trip are requested.
M/S/P: Minutes from February 12, 2019
Dr. Dale Marsden introduced Ted Alejandre, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools.
Ted Alejandre, San Bernardino County Superintendent, oversees all 33 school districts in the county which instruct some 406,000 students. He has fostered a collaborative spirit with principals, teachers and administrators, parents and students while increasing the visibility of educational partnerships in the community. His office oversees and employs 2,000 employees.
The local control funding formula (LCFF) was enacted in 2013–14, and it replaced the previous kindergarten through grade 12 (K–12) finance system which had been in existence for roughly 40 years. The LCFF directs more resources to California’s highest needs students—English language learners, low socio-economic students and foster youth. It leaves significant spending decisions to local discretion and calls for parents and local communities to have a voice in how funds are used. 80% of our county school funding is through LCFF.
Supplemental grant funding is an important and growing revenue source for our schools. The county schools will continue to vigorously pursue more grant opportunities as grant funding from 2013 through 2017/18, for example, has totaled over $51 M.
Mr. Alejandre has established a countywide vision to promote a better quality of life for all residents of the county. All 33 districts are different with specific needs and challenges. The LCFF has given back to schools local control of discretional spending that they can tailor to their needs. His leadership in public education has been inclusive team-building work with educators, students, parents and community.
The Superintendent’s mandated services are:
- Fiscal oversight
- Local Control
- Accountability Plans
- Williams Legislation
Responding to local needs of districts
- Alternative Education
- Juvenile Court Schools
- Special Education
- State Preschool
The five priorities for all San Bernardino county school districts are:
- College and career readiness
- Rigorous state standards/professional development
- Social and emotional needs of students
- Technology for 21st Century learning
- Family and stakeholder engagement
A Q & A period followed.
Meeting Adjourned 8:29 a.m.