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Leaders of QAD joined with educators, students and community members Monday at Isla Vista School to celebrate the company’s “Project Upgrade” grants to support technology improvements.
Each year, the Santa Barbara-based global software company calculates a percentage of its profits for reinvestment into innovative projects that allow students to spend hands-on time with technology. Isla Vista and Ellwood, two elementary schools in the Goleta Union School District, received a combined $28,516 this year from QAD, which has provided grants directly to schools on the South Coast since 2006.
Read more about the QAD grants to Isla Vista and Ellwood Schools in this Noozhawk article.
Today is Day of the Teacher. Click here for a special message from GUSD Superintendent, Bill Banning.
Last night the Goleta Union School District Board of Trustees took action to hire Dr. Ricardo Araiza as the District’s newest principal. Dr. Araiza will be assigned to La Patera Elementary School beginning this August, to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Patricia Santiago, who has been principal there since 2006.
Dr. Araiza is currently serving in his fourth year as principal at Foothill Elementary School in the Pittsburg Unified School District in Pittsburg, California. He was selected from a strong pool of more than 30 candidates after a combination of staff and community input sessions, rigorous interviews and a comprehensive validation process.
Dr. Araiza will be introduced to the GUSD community on May 15, when he will have the opportunity to meet La Patera staff and parents. He will participate in a District administrators’ meeting and later attend the regular meeting of the GUSD Board of Trustees.
GUSD Superintendent, William Banning stated, “I believe Dr. Araiza will be a strong match for the community and school. His experience and personal attributes are a close match to the desired characteristics expressed by members of the staff and community who participated in our input sessions last week. He has a solid track record of improving student achievement and building collegial relationships with his staff and community. We are very pleased to have a school leader of Ricardo’s caliber join the exceptional leaders of our District.”
At a meeting of the Santa Barbara County Board of Education on April 4, 2013, County Superintendent Bill Cirone announced the selection of two GUSD employees as 2013 Santa Barbara County’s Classified Employees of the Year.
Richard Chavez, custodian at La Patera School and Cynthia Olsen, Accountant at the District Office were selected from a pool of nominees submitted from throughout Santa Barbara County. Nomination materials submitted to the County Office on behalf of the two employees will now be forwarded to the California Department of Education for consideration of selection in the State Classified Employee of the Year program.