Camie Barnwell Named Public Information Officer

The Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education has appointed a new Public Information Officer, longtime local education writer and award-winning journalist Camie Barnwell. Barnwell—who begins her duties on June 24, 2019—brings to the role expertise in public and media relations, communications, writing and editing, and a deep understanding of Santa Barbara’s dynamic education […]

New Graduation Requirement for the Class of 2024: 5 Units of Ethnic Studies

What is Ethnic Studies? Why is it now a graduation requirement? Ethnic Studies is a field of study in which students learn about the political, social, economic, and cultural experience of marginalized groups within and beyond the United States. The dynamics associated with race and racism, as well as with other aspects of identity such […]

Forty-one Santa Barbara Unified School District employees recognized at the Sixth annual Night of Stars event celebrating Excellence in Education

Santa Barbara Unified School District held its Sixth Annual Night of Stars celebration on Wednesday, April 10th at the Deckers Rotunda. The “Night of Stars” is an annual event that celebrates outstanding educational and classified employees throughout the district. The 2018-2019 Night of Stars Honorees: Special Recognitions 2019 Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day Award […]

SB Unified Appoints Three to Dean of Student Engagement Positions

Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education named Analese Alvarez, Edward Gomez, and Marshall Webb as Deans of Student Engagement. All three will begin their new roles on July 1, 2019. Analese Alvarez (San Marcos High School) “Analese Alvarez is an incredible addition to Santa Barbara Unified leadership team” said Dr. Frann Wageneck, Assistant […]

Elena Garcia-Yoshitomi Named Principal of McKinley Elementary School

Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education named Elena Garcia-Yoshitomi as the next Principal of McKinley elementary school. Garcia-Yoshitomi, a Doctoral candidate at California Lutheran University, has over a decade of public education experience as a teacher, instructional coach, and site administrator with Conejo Valley Unified School District and Oxnard School District. She will […]

Career Technical Education Coordinator and Assistant Principals Named

Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education named Tiffany Carson as Career Technical Education Coordinator; Dare Holdren and Stephanie Henderson as Assistant Principals for Dos Pueblos High School. Tiffany Carson selected as Career Technical Education Coordinator for Santa Barbara Unified School District, effective July 1, 2019. Carson has worked with the Santa Barbara Unified […]

Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s Upgrade District’s Bond Ratings

Following a $70 million general obligation bond sale, local taxpayers will benefit from a lower interest cost of 3.72% for 25-year bonds. Santa Barbara Unified School District received Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) and Standard & Poor’s (S&P) rating upgrades from “Aa2” to “Aa1” and a “AA-” to “AA,” respectively. Moody’s cited the District’s “solid financials […]

Todd Heil Receives 2018-19 CIF Model Coach Award

The award spotlights Heil’s 23-year soccer coaching career. Todd Heil, Santa Barbara Unified School District soccer coach at Santa Barbara High School was named a recipient of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) 2018-19 Model Coach Award. CIF announced 13 winners, nominated through local CIF section offices. In the CIF Model Coach Award program’s 18-year history, […]

new mission, vision, and core values adopted

The Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education adopted a new mission, vision, and core values. The new statements move to focus and align the district with planning documents that drive school board decisions and district operations such as the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan and School Plans for Student Achievement. When Santa Barbara […]