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March 6, 2023
The Walnut Valley USD Board of Trustees has appointed Matthew Brummett as the new principal at South Pointe Middle School. The 13-year educational veteran previously held positions as assistant principal at Diamond Bar High School and Suzanne Middle School. During his decade at Diamond Bar High, Brummett also served as instructional dean, assistant summer school coordinator, social studies teacher, girls head varsity coach, SBAC coordinator and WASC accreditation co-author. For the past two and a half years, he has served as principal at Glendora High School. Brummett holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University with bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from University of California, Irvine.
Mauricio Arellano will take over as Superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District on April 17, 2023, following a unanimous vote of the Board of Education. Arellano is the current Superintendent of the Redlands USD.
Arellano grew up in San Bernardino attending SBCUSD schools as a child, graduating from San Bernardino High School and starting his career in education as a bilingual elementary school teacher in the district 32 years ago. He is the son of immigrant parents from Mexico who also worked in SBCUSD schools.
Arellano was a first generation college student when he pursued his undergraduate degrees in sociology and Spanish at UC Riverside. He later earned a master’s degree in educational administration from CSU San Bernardino.
Arellano has led Redlands USD for the past five years, during which time RUSD has been recognized with numerous awards. Arellano has been personally recognized many times for his leadership, most recently being named as UC Davis C-STEM Superintendent of the Year in 2020. While in Palm Springs Unified, he received ACSA’s Ray Curry Award for excellence in school personnel in 2012 and ACSA’s Region 19 Personnel/Human Resources Administrator of the Year in 2008.
A school consultant, lobbyist and expert on education policy and finance, Bob Blattner has passed away at age 67.
First as the vice president of School Services of California and later as the head of Blattner & Associates, he was a trusted adviser to LEAs throughout the state and advocated on their behalf at the Capitol since the early 1990s.
“[Blattner] has for more than a quarter century played a central role in the development of every state budget and the design of virtually every major educational program,” according to his bio on the Blattner & Associates website. “A recognized expert on Proposition 98 and school operations, programs and finance at both the state and local levels, Bob pioneered the process of systematically aligning school resources to priorities for optimizing programmatic efficiencies, bridging the gap between business and education services in order to meet district challenges.”
After forming Blattner & Associates in 2006, Blattner counseled numerous client school agencies on the policy and politics of education and presented at hundreds of workshops and trainings.
A graduate of Yale University and UC Berkeley, Blattner began writing about education as a reporter at the Sacramento Bee in the 1980s, earning him awards including the CTA’s John Swett Award for coverage of California education issues.
“(He was) one of the smartest men you’ll ever meet, in terms of taking what’s happening in the state Capitol, dissecting it and giving that information back to our members,” said ACSA Executive Director Edgar Zazueta, who paid tribute to Blattner during a recent episode of the ACSA Legislative Lunch Break. “Aside from being a policy wonk and super smart guy, he was one of the coolest guys … He always had something to share, and (was) always quick with a quip.”
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