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Press Release - Reconfiguraton

 
 
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

BHUSD Announces New Administration Leadership Teams for 2019-20

New Leadership Team Structure at Horace Mann School and Consolidated Middle School at Beverly Vista

 

November 14, 2018 -- Beverly Hills, CA​​ - As part of the reconfiguration of Beverly Hills Unified District Schools, Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy today announced the new leadership team structure and team appointments for the 2019-20 school year.

The new leadership team structure was designed to be student-centered, aligned with the goals of the new configuration to support the diverse academic, social, and emotional needs for each and every student.

 

New Leadership Team Structure: Student-Centered

  • Hawthorne, as a TK-5, will continue with one Principal and one Assistant Principal.
  • The new structure for TK-5 at Horace Mann will include one Principal and two Assistant Principals. The additional Assistant Principal has been assigned to support our special education programs to enhance the quality and support that these specialized programs receive.
  • Both Hawthorne & Horace Mann will each have a dedicated full-time counselor.
  • The new consolidated Middle School at Beverly Vista will have one Principal, three Assistant Principals (one for each grade level: 6,7,8) paired with one counselor for each grade level. Both the Assistant Principal and counselor will “loop” with their students across all three grade levels to support a sense of belonging and relationship building while responding to individual student needs.

 

“One of the most critical elements for the success of our reconfiguration is a strong leadership team. By consolidating our strengths to focus on students’ needs first, we are confident that we have the right structure and the right team in place,” said Dr. Michael Bregy, Superintendent of Schools for Beverly Hills Unified School District. In determining administrator appointments, our immediate goal was to maintain community relationships with current school leaders for a smooth transition. Leaders will follow their students to ensure that they feel connected and supported,” he added.

 

New Administration Leadership School Teams​​ will be as follows:

 

Hawthorne (TK-5)
Principal: Sarah Kaber​ ​(Current: Principal, Hawthorne)
Assistant Principal: Kevin Painter. (Current: Assistant Principal, El Rodeo)

Horace Mann (TK-5)
Principal: Dr. Juliet Fine(Current: Principal, Horace Mann)
Assistant Principal: Chris Regan​ ​(Current: Principal, Beverly Vista)
Assistant Principal: Craig Bugbee​ ​(Current: Assistant Principal, Beverly Vista)

Beverly Vista Middle School(6-8)
Principal: Kevin Allen(Current: Principal, El Rodeo)
Assistant Principals(Looping: Assistant Principal & counselor at each grade level will move to subsequent grade levels with their students):
6th Grade: Jeanne McCrea(Current: Assistant Principal, Beverly Hills High School)
7th Grade: Leonidas Tarca​ ​(Current: Assistant Principal, Horace Mann)
8th Grade: Richard Waters​ ​(Current: Assistant Principal, Hawthorne)

Beverly Hills High School (9-12)
Principal: Mark Mead(Current: Principal, Beverly Hills High School)
Assistant Principal: Phil Wenker (Current: Assistant Principal, Beverly Hills High School) Assistant Principal: Drew Stewart(Current: Assistant Principal, Beverly Hills High School) Assistant Principal: Open for Hire
District Director of Athletics/JPA:
Tim Ellis(Current, District Director of Athletics/JPA)

 

The new administration leadership team for 2019-20 will play an essential role in the design, planning and implementation of the new configuration of elementary and middle schools, while working closely together with BHUSD community stakeholders, including staff, parents and students.

 

About Beverly Hills Unified District:

The Beverly Hills Unified School District is based in Beverly Hills, California. The schools were unified into an elementary and high school district in 1936 and currently consists of four K-8 elementary schools (Beverly Vista, El Rodeo, Hawthorne, Horace Mann), one 9-12 high school (Beverly Hills High School), and a continuing education high school (Moreno High School). The K-12 enrollment for the 2018-19 school year is approximately 3900. The district employs approximately 320 certificated and 150 classified personnel, and is recognized nationally as a leader in education. Students have consistently scored far above national averages on standardized achievement tests.

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Media Contact:

Romi Azevedo
Director of Communications & Community Engagement Beverly Hills Unified School District
(310) 551-5100, ext 2321
razevedo@bhusd.org
www.bhusd.org

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


BHUSD Board of Education Approves the Reconfiguration of K-8 Schools

First Consolidated Middle School in Beverly Hills Unified School District History will be at Beverly Vista

El Rodeo Will Go Off-Line for Two-Year Construction


November 1, 2018 -- Beverly Hills, CA - In a historical decision on Tuesday, October 30, the Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education voted 3-0 (with 2 abstentions) to approve the reconfiguration of the (four) K-8 Schools to (two) TK-5 schools to be located at Hawthorne and Horace Mann, and (one) 6-8 consolidated middle school at Beverly Vista in August 2019.  The Board also voted 5-0 to take El Rodeo off-line for construction for 2 years, beginning June 2019.


This milestone marks the first consolidated middle school in Beverly Hills Unified School District’s 82-year history.  The El Rodeo school community grades K-5 students will move to Hawthorne, the Beverly Vista school community grades TK-5 will move to Horace Mann and the El Rodeo, Hawthorne, Horace Mann school communities grades 6-8 will move to Beverly Vista.  In the new model, class size will become more balanced while never exceeding current class size guidelines (K-3: 23 and 4-8: 29).


The reconfiguration introduces a new middle school philosophy supported by decades of research on the academic, social and emotional needs of young adolescents, and will provide equal access to comprehensive academic and elective courses, not provided in the current K-8 configuration.  New robust educational offerings will include additional course levels, STEM, creative and performing arts, leadership and athletics. The district’s teachers will be able to collaborate more effectively within teams and have additional professional development opportunities, which will ultimately lead to more robust instruction.


The discussion for a dedicated middle school began almost 3 decades ago.  With nine years of declining enrollment, uncertain funding levels, the inequity of programming opportunities across the district, the current Board of Education has been reviewing alternatives to the configuration of schools over the last two years.  The district will benefit from approximate savings of $2 million from the reconfiguration and $16 million by accelerating the construction at El Rodeo to two years.


“We are confident that the reconfiguration will deliver the best educational opportunities that meet the needs of every student in the district.  Rooted in the core of our unified mission, the plan reflects the values and priorities that will bring academic excellence, college and career readiness for our students of today and tomorrow,” said Dr. Bregy, Superintendent of Schools for BHUSD.  “We are entirely committed to work together with our community to make this a smooth transition for all students, parents and staff, and will offer multiple opportunities to get involved in committees designed to assure successful implementation and lay the groundwork for a strong opening of our schools on August 12,” he added.


“It is the Board’s responsibility to set the goals and implement the vision and mission of this District.  We have all the evidence now and have done our research on what students need and the best way to deliver it.  The success of this reconfiguration will come from strong leadership, a dedicated faculty, involved parents and a robust curriculum that adapts to all levels of learning,” said Noah Margo, BHUSD Board of Education member.


About Beverly Hills Unified District:

The Beverly Hills Unified School District is based in Beverly Hills, California.  The schools were unified into an elementary and high school district in 1936 and currently consists of four K-8 elementary schools (Beverly Vista, El Rodeo, Hawthorne, Horace Mann), one 9-12 high school (Beverly Hills High School), and a continuing education high school (Moreno High School).  The K-12 enrollment for the 2018-19 school year is approximately 3900. The district employs approximately 320 certificated and 150 classified personnel, and is recognized nationally as a leader in education. Students have consistently scored far above national averages on standardized achievement tests.  


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Media Contact:

Romi Azevedo

Director of Communications & Community Engagement

Beverly Hills Unified School District

(310) 551-5100, ext 2321

razevedo@bhusd.org

www.bhusd.org