Fontana Unified’s Board of Education on Wednesday, July 13 will consider appointing co-interim superintendents as the District prepares for the departure of Superintendent Dr. Leslie Boozer. Search firm Leadership Associates advised the Board to appoint Dr. John R. Porter, Jr., a superintendent with more than 30 years of education experience, and FUSD Associate Superintendent of Business Services Randal Bassett, who possesses nearly 20 years of management experience in the District. The pair would partner to ensure a seamless transition for Fontana Unified when Boozer departs.
Summit High student Leslie Madrigal will advance to the National History Day competition being held Sunday, June 10 to Thursday, June 14 in Maryland after earning top honors in the state contest in May. Madrigal earned first place in the Senior Individual Exhibit Division for her project titled “The Non-Proliferation Treaty: The Decision to Save the World.”
Fontana High School student Erik Cruz will advance to the SkillsUSA National Skills and Leadership Conference from Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29 in Louisville, Kentucky after earning a gold medal in the cabinetmaking category at the state competition.
Fontana High School senior Alexandra Ortega is one step closer to achieving her dreams thanks to the 2018 Gates Scholarship, an all-expense-paid scholarship given to just 300 high-achieving minority students in the U.S. Ortega will study biochemistry at UCLA and hopes to pursue a career in medicine.
Thirty-six Fontana Unified schools were honored with the Distinguished After School Health (DASH) program certificate, a new state award that recognizes programs that excel in providing health education, nutrition and physical activities for students. FUSD received the honor for programs at 29 elementary schools and seven middle schools that are on the cutting-edge of nutritional standards and which encourage healthy habits and exercise.
Fontana Parents Prove It’s Never Too Late to Learn After Graduating from Plazas Comunitarias Program
One hundred forty Fontana Unified parents have graduated from a financial and digital literacy course designed to give them tools to support their children’s schooling and to inspire their own continued education. Graduates of Plazas Comunitarias, a support program offered via a partnership between Fontana Unified and the Mexican Consulate in San Bernardino, celebrated their achievements at Jurupa Hills High School on May 31. Photos are available.
Superintendent Dr. Leslie Boozer is leaving Fontana Unified to become superintendent of the Dublin Unified School District. Boozer, whose last day has not yet been determined, helmed the 40,000-student District for three years, improving the educational outcomes for students and college and career opportunities. The Board of Education is expected to interview interim superintendent candidates on Wednesday, June 29. The Board will interview companies to conduct a search for a permanent replacement on Friday, July 8.
Fontana Unified to Improve College Readiness under Proposed LCAP
Fontana Unified School District will hire new bilingual aides, develop a strategy for early education literacy and college/career readiness along with a cultural proficiency task force that will support students as part of the updated Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). A special meeting to discuss the LCAP will be held Monday, June 13. The LCAP and 2016-17 budget are expected to be adopted Wednesday, June 15.
The Association of California School Administrators’ (ACSA) Region 12 has honored four Fontana Unified administrators for individual excellence and the Fontana Leadership Intervention Program (FLIP) with its Partners in Educational Excellence Award. Sequoia Middle School Principal George Santiago, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources David Creswell, Director of Teaching and Learning Tonia Causey-Bush and Deputy Chief of Schools Shelley Holt were recognized for outstanding leadership and service to the community. FLIP, which started in 2009, coordinates with the Fontana Police Department to intervene with students exhibiting academic and behavioral issues.
Olga Pacot, a reading teacher at Fontana Unified’s Citrus Elementary School, has been named one of only six recipients of this year’s READ 180 Educator Awards for helping students improve their literacy. Pacot is known for inspiring improvement that far exceeds expectations. READ 180 is a reading intervention program that provides individualized instruction to meet each student’s reading needs and help them overcome any obstacles.
Fontana High School is among 24 schools in California – and 75 in the nation – to earn the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Schoolwide Site of Distinction award for 2015-16, a new honor given to select AVID schools for their extensive commitment to providing students with college preparation resources. Schoolwide Site of Distinction is the highest rating a school can achieve on the AVID certification rating scale. Only 380 out of 5,000 AVID schools in the U.S. were eligible to apply for the honor. The distinction puts Fontana High’s college and career readiness program in the top 2 percent of all AVID programs in the nation.
Fontana Unified School District’s stellar 2016 graduating class has collected $7 million in college scholarship offers. Among the graduates are three Gates Millennium Scholars, a Southern California Edison Scholar, five Dell Scholars, three QuestBridge and three TheDream.US recipients. Many of these are full-ride scholarships that will allow students to attend prestigious universities, including Stanford, UCLA and Northwestern University.
Follow-up Story: Close to 3,200 students from Fontana Unified School District’s five high schools, two continuation high schools and adult school capped their high school careers with commencement ceremonies held May 23-27 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. Among the Class of 2016 graduates are two Kaiser High School students headed to Stanford University and several others bound for respected UCs, CSUs and universities across the nation.