On Tuesday, August 24, the State Board of Education announced it will award the San Bernardino City Unified School District $57.6 million in School Improvement Grants geared to boost student learning at 11 campuses previously identified as low achieving.
The funding is the largest block of money awarded to a single California school district.
The District is counting on the money to fund state-mandated transformation plans at Davidson and Rio Vista Elementary Schools and Arroyo Valley, Pacific, and San Gorgonio High Schools. The funding will also go to schools that are using the turnaround model, Barton, Hunt, Marshall, and Wilson Elementary Schools and Serrano and Shandin Hills Middle Schools.
The changes will result in a new organizational structure for the schools and increased flexibility for the curriculum. And, they will open the door for more creative approaches to learning. This is a springboard to new opportunities
The original plans proposed instituting the Restart and Transformation models at the designated sites. Prior to the plans being submitted to the state, the federal government clarified the criteria for the reform models.
Based on the clarification and on feedback from community forums and public meetings, the District revised the plans with a proposal to use the Transformation
Model at the 11 identified schools.
Despite these changes, the plans originally developed by the writing teams, with input from the staff, will be implemented according to design. The State Board of Education is reviewing the District’s SIG plans and has not yet awarded any School Improvement Grants. The original and revised plans are available below.
Each SIG school site has a complete copy of their SIG plan, in its draft form, available for review in the school office.