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San Manuel Donates $25,000 to Hardy Brown College Prep School

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Wing named in honor of San Manuel Chair James Ramos

Last month, Hardy Brown College Prep (HBCP) had a successful commitment ceremony of the school’s new kindergarten/first grade wing.

The wing was built with the help of a financial contribution from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The tribe contributed $25,000 to the fund to build the wing, making them the first local entity to make a financial contribution to Hardy Brown College Prep.

A plaque has been installed in the wing in honor of the tribe. The expansion cost $225,000 and resulted in three additional classrooms being built, allowing HBCP to expand enrollment from 183 students at the end of last year to 334 students this school year.

Board members Joette Spencer Campbell and Paulette Brown-Hinds and school founder Margaret Fortune were in attendance at the dedication. Tribal Chairman, James Ramos accepted a plaque on behalf of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and toured classrooms along with San Bernardino City Board President, Danny Tillman and other dignitaries.

“We were very honored to have Hardy Brown in attendance along with his wife, Cheryl Brown. It was a wonderful event that involved parents, students, teachers and community members,” stated Principal Howana Lundy.

At the ceremony, Principal Lundy also presented the first year STAR Test results for the school. “The numbers are impressive and we should be proud, “ she stated. “HBCP’s first Academic Performance Index (API) score is 764. The CDE’s goal for all public schools is to earn an 800 API score to be considering a high-performing school. We are unofficially only 36 points away from this goal.

In the San Bernardino Unified School District the 2010 API for African- Americans was 666. The average 2010 API score for the neighboring elementary (737) and middle schools (713) in SBCUSD was below HBCP’s debut API.”

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