Board of Education Adopts Ethnic Studies Graduation Requirement for Class of 2023

The Board of Education adopted an Ethnic Studies graduation requirement at their November 13, 2018 Board meeting. 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. SBUnified joins increasing numbers of districts throughout the state by […]

Board of Education Honors Outgoing Board Members

Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education celebrated the dedicated public service of Kate Parker and Ismael Paredes Ulloa at the November 13, 2018 Board of Education Meeting. Ismael Paredes Ulloa joined the Board in January of 2017 and was recognized for his integrity and commitment to support students from all backgrounds, most notably […]

Purchase of the National Guard Armory Advances

School board vote makes a 25-year dream for the region become a reality Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education took final action to approve a $11.6 million purchase of the National Guard Armory, a major component of the 2016, $135 million Bond Measure I. The Board’s action represents the culmination of a 25-year […]

La Cumbre Junior High School Theatre Named “Jo Ann Caines Theatre”

In honor of the legacy and fierce leadership of Jo Ann Caines The La Cumbre Junior High School Theatre is officially named the “Jo Ann Caines Theatre” following Santa Barbara Unified School District board action on October 23, 2018. Jo Ann Caines passed away on June 6, 2018, and her more than thirty year career […]

Preschool to 12th grade students: Drop! Cover! Hold on!

Santa Barbara Unified School District participates in nationwide Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill Santa Barbara Unified School District students in preschool through 12th grade participated in the nationwide Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill. Students practiced the model of “Drop, Cover, and Hold On,” a behavior that helps children develop muscle-memory so they will react quickly and correctly […]

Multipurpose Room Renovation in the Spotlight

Santa Barbara Unified School District Celebrates Completion of a Bond-Funded Project with Ribbon Cutting at Harding University Partnership School Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education and Superintendent Cary Matsuoka celebrated the completion of a nearly $1 million, Measure J bond-funded multipurpose room renovation project at Harding University Partnership School. A ribbon cutting ceremony […]

Santa Barbara Unified expands safety efforts, adopts standard response protocols

Comprehensive efforts balance age-appropriate, physical and psychological safety Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education took action to respond to the district’s focused priority: assess and enhance comprehensive school safety planning in kindergarten through 12th grade throughout the school district. The Board of Education formally adopted agreements with local public safety agencies to align […]

San Marcos High School Celebrates the Pool Deck Resurfacing Project Completion

Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education, Superintendent Cary Matsuoka, and San Marcos High School held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the San Marcos High School pool deck resurfacing project. The San Marcos High School resurfacing project was made possible by Measure I community bond funds and completed over the […]

New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

Santa Barbara Unified School District launches a new Teacher Induction Program A first-ever Teacher Induction Program led by Santa Barbara Unified School District launched this week with 85 preliminary credentialed teachers. The district-led program provides new educators with an individualized, job-imbedded system of mentoring, support, and professional learning in the beginning of the teacher’s first […]