White has more than 30 years of experience as a teacher and administrator
By BVN Staff –
When the Moreno Valley Unified Board of Education named Dr. Judy D. White to head the district they selected an experienced, respected educator and administrator.
Beginning Monday White will be calling one of the fastest growing and most diverse districts in the state home.
Currently the deputy superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District, White will become superintendent of Moreno Valley Unified School District.
The Board of Education approved the administration’s recommendation to offer White a two-year contract with a salary of $185,000, during its regular meeting January 25.
Board vice president Tracey Vackar, said White was chosen after a Riverside County office of Education search that included input from parents, students and faculty.
“She brings a wealth of experience and passion to the district’s commitment to providing a quality education for all children. I love her enthusiasm. She understands the challenges of a racially and culturally diverse student population.
She understands that in a terrible fiscal situation it is the superintendent that has to go out there and recommend budget cuts and layoffs. She’s no stranger to poor perceptions and low expectations of students, turmoil in students' neighborhoods, parenting and support challenges.”
Challenges aside, White said she wants to "bridge those things that are common."
"The one constant for me is that kids are kids. All kids want to achieve. All parents want their kids to be successful. All kids like to do well and want to be recognized," White said in a 2010 Black Voice News interview.
During her tenure at San Bernardino White implemented rigorous instruction and accountability standards, built positive community partnerships and recently secured $57.6 million in School Improvement Grants funding for 11 low performing schools.
As a 1973 graduate of Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Judy White has been a champion of literacy, bringing state and national recognition to the city where she’s been an educational force for the past 23 years.
White, helped found the City of Readers program, which was recognized by the state with its 2004 Civic Star Award. Her list of awards reads like an honor roll – Administrator of the Year in 2003 from the California Association of Bilingual Educators, a 2002 Golden Bell from the California School Boards Association and Citizen of Achievement from the League of Women Voters in 2000.
“She has made an impact and a lasting contribution to the residents of San Bernardino and Highland by her vision and unity through reading for fun and information,” said School Board president Danny Tillman.
“Not only has she improved student performance, she has also inspired students to stay in school,” said Tillman. “When district dropout rates declined, one of the main reasons cited was City of Readers. Judy White exemplifies educational values through her dedication to all students.”
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