For the last two and a half months, there was a shortage of a member of the Chaffee Joint Union High School District School Board.
But the five-member board came back in full force on Tuesday, December 14, when the board replaced Donald English with Dion N. Berwick, who resigned on 1 October, citing his departure as being in his best interest. his family.
English, 53, was appointed to the board to fill the remainder of Berwick’s term, which expires next year. He was sworn in last week and immediately began his board duties. He represents Area 4, which is in Rancho Cucamonga, where he lives.
“I would love to see Chaffee United District continue its trajectory and ensure that all children are treated with equality and access. And their families too,” English said Monday, December 20.
He called the district the second largest high school district in California, an example of a solid, stable institution, noting that it has had just nine superintendents in 111 years.
“They are truly a model of excellence – for student achievement, for the culture and environment they have built, for sustainability,” he said in a prepared statement released Monday.
Joined the board with 28 years of experience in the field of English education.
He is currently the director of the Children’s Disserve Success Program for San Bernardino County Schools. In addition, he is the executive director of the county’s Gangs and Drugs Task Force.
English played Division 1 football for the UC Berkeley Golden Bears. Prior to this, he was a star football player at Ganesa High School in Pomona.
His eldest son is a student of Colony High School and his younger brother will join him next year, the district said.
English said that he was approached by friends to put his name in the cap for the appointment. She was chosen from a total of six candidates, who are in addition to herself: Malinda Hurley, Kelly Miller, David Palmer, Christy Sepulveda-Burchit and Cassandra Wilson.
“I see myself as “unity” who can really bring people together and bring collaboration to children,” he said during an interview.
English is also a representative of San Bernardino County in the southern part of the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance. The group works to improve the school environment, safety, and increase school attendance.
“I want to see that the graduation rate remains high. And I want students to be awarded post-secondary options as it pertains to college preparation,” he said.
English earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Cal State San Bernardino and is pursuing a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California, the district reported.
The district has 24,000 students and eight comprehensive high schools, one continuation school, one online high school, one community day school, and one adult school. It serves the communities of Ontario, Montclair, Rancho Cucamonga and parts of Fontana, Upland, Chino and Mount Baldi.