VVUHSD earns multiple awards

ACSA honors VVUHSD admins, partners
Posted on 04/25/2017

SAN BERNARDINO — Three Victor Valley Union High School District Administrators and two community partners were recently honored by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA).

Superintendent Dr. Ron Williams was named Superintendent of the Year for ACSA Region 12, which covers San Bernardino County. Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Brian Hawkins was named Business Administrator of the Year, and Dr. Benisha Carr of Goodwill Education Center was honored as Continuation/Ed Options Administrator of the Year.

In addition, VVUHSD nominated two partners in education who were recognized by ACSA at the awards ceremony April 20 in San Bernardino.

The Victorville Motors It's a Gas to Go to Class program was recognized for its giveaways that celebrate the perfect attendance of students, teachers and support staff in the High Desert; and the Kaiser Permanente Hippocrates Circle program was honored for its work giving students an early start on medical careers.

Dr. Williams was praised for his recent National Superintendent Certification by the American Association of School Administrators as well as his service to ACSA Region 12 including past roles as Vice President, President, VP of Legislative Action and his current position as the region’s State Board of Directors. Williams was lauded for his mentorship to other administrators in VVUHSD as well as throughout the region and state.

Hawkins has brought the district back to solvency with his financial know-how, saving local taxpayers tens of millions in the process. Hawkins and his team have worked to raise VVUHSD’s credit rating and refinance outstanding bonds in the district, resulting in over $140 million in savings for taxpayers in the region.

Dr. Carr serves as Dean of Students at Goodwill Education Center and has made a dynamic impact on the culture at the continuation school since her arrival four years ago. She recently facilitated the planning and implementation of PBIS at Goodwill and the school received the Silver Implementation award from the California PBIS coalition this year. Dr. Carr has created a positive culture by incorporating school activities to increase school pride. School office referrals have decreased 60 percent in the past year and disciplinary suspensions home are nearly nonexistent. She has recently been awarded her doctorate.

The first of two community partners honored by ACSA Region 12 was Victorville Motors’ It’s a Gas program, which has existed since 2011 in an effort to have a positive impact on student achievement and learning. By recognizing that school attendance had a direct correlation with student success, Victorville Motors designed a program that encouraged and motivated student attendance. It’s a Gas to go to Class rewards students for perfect attendance with prizes including a new car. They subsequently launched the It’s a Gas to Teach Class and It’s a Gas to Support Class contests to reward teachers and classified staff, respectively, for perfect attendance. The program was nominated by Silverado High School Principal Heather Conkle

Region 12 also honored Dr. John Mack and the Kaiser Permanente Hippocrates Circle program for their partnership with the Victor Valley Union High School District, including Hook Junior High School this year and University Prep in 2015-16. This educational program is designed to provide youth from under-represented communities and diverse backgrounds with an awareness that a career as a physician is possible. Hook Junior High Principal Carlos Cerna nominated Mack and the Hippocrates Circle program for the honor.

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