City of San Bernardino Unified School District Superintendent Harry “Doc” Ervin will retire at the end of the school year, he announced Tuesday, May 3.
Ervin, the district’s first black superintendent, was hired a year ago to replace longtime superintendent Dale Marsden.
In a press release on Wednesday, May 4, district officials wrote that Ervin said he made the decision to retire “sooner than planned after carefully considering his family, his health and his progress towards his career goals. here”.
For three decades, Ervin served as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent.
“When I joined the SBCUSD team,” he said in the release, “my goal was twofold. Firstly to reopen schools to in-person learning after the pandemic pushed classes online during one year, and second to set us on the path to transformation into a high-performing public school district.
“I am proud to say that we have accomplished the first,” he added, “and have put in place good curricular, teaching and assessment systems and structures to support the second.”
Early in his tenure, Ervin gathered community feedback through his Listening and Learning Tour and, with the help of the district leadership team, helped develop a handful of overarching goals. to bolster student outcomes, according to the press release.
He then encouraged district stakeholders to join a task force to build on these goals, creating the Framework of Excellence: Vision 2025.
The plan should provide the district with a roadmap to future success.
In the press release, Ervin said the San Bernardino School District community seeks transformational change.
“Success is possible,” he added, “if everyone stays focused on making decisions in the best interests of children.”
Ervin faced backlash in the fall for his alleged attitude towards teachers, students and community members.
At board meetings in September and October, public speakers criticized the superintendent for doing so and called for his removal. Dozens of local dignitaries came to Ervin’s defense before district leaders discussed the allegations behind closed doors on October 5.
“I can say the council has done it, as we always do when people raise their concerns, we talk about it,” council member Gwen Dowdy-Rodgers said in a phone interview on 6 October,” but at the end of the day, the most important thing is that we found no need to do anything.”
In addition to overseeing the district’s return to in-person learning this school year, Ervin has spearheaded a myriad of other programs amid the coronavirus pandemic, including efforts to focus on equity, access to education and innovation, as well as a system-wide digitized four-year plan. to guide high school students toward graduation and improve their college readiness.
District leaders will discuss the Ervin replacement process at an upcoming board meeting.