Frequently Asked Questions for Parents
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Who is the Board of Education and what does it do?
The Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District Board of Education consists of five board members who represent the entire community. Board members are elected to four-year terms. The board elects one member to serve as president for one year beginning each December. The president is the board's presiding officer, with the clerk of the board serving in this capacity in the president's absence. The Board of Education also serves as the governing Board for Competitive Edge Charter Academy (CECA).
The governing board of the school district holds regular meetings to direct the district's educational programs, make required decisions, and establish policy for the district.
All regular meetings of the Board of Education are open to the public in accordance with State law. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the board room at 12797 Third Street in Yucaipa, California, unless otherwise stated. Regular CECA Board meetings are held prior to the YCJUSD Board meetings at 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise posted.
Agendas for Board of Education meetings are posted on the web site, and minutes of all board meetings and summaries of important actions are available to the public upon request.
Who is the Superintendent of schools and what does he/she do?
The local superintendent of schools, Cali Binks, is the educational advisor and executive officer of the Board of Education. It is the superintendent's responsibility to implement board policy and manage the day-to-day operations of the school district. Duties include the development of curriculum, delivery of instruction, making of recommendations regarding personnel, and preparation of the school budget. The superintendent has three assistant superintendents: one for educational services; one for human resources, and one for business services.
Who are the teachers and how are they qualified to teach my child?
The district has approximately 9,800 students, 450 certificated staff members (teachers, counselors, and certificated administration) and 301 classified staff members (support personnel and classified managers). With approximately 800 employees, the school district is the largest employer in the Yucaipa Valley.
The goal of the district is to provide highly qualified teachers for all students. Teachers are recruited locally, throughout California and throughout the United States.
During their tenure with the district, opportunities are provided for teachers to enhance their skills through staff development. Teachers are encouraged to continue their formal education by providing salary increments for additional degrees and salary increases are also based upon longevity.
Mentor teachers are selected by their peers to provide additional support to teachers by providing in-class assistance as well as development of curriculum.