Superintendent of San Bernardino City Unified to Retire

San Bernardino City Unified School District Superintendent Harry “Doc” Ervin is retiring after just one year at the helm, the district announced last week. The “earlier than expected” departure was made with his family, health, and professional goals in mind.

“Superintendent Ervin came to SBCUSD, listened to our community, and led us through reopening our schools with an emphasis on doing what’s best for kids,” said Board of Education President Dr. Scott Wyatt in a news release. “While his tenure will be brief, his impact on our system has helped us see new opportunities to help scholars excel and move our District on a trajectory toward becoming a high performing district of excellence.”

Ervin is the district’s first Black superintendent. He has been in public education for more than 25 years and previously served as Superintendent of the Bakersfield City School District.

The district praised Ervin’s leadership during the pandemic, which he calls “the most unprecedented time for public education.” Among Ervin’s accomplishments, SBCUSD listed the establishment of a Listening & Learning Tour, which gathered ideas and input from parents on curriculum; a division to focus on Equity, Access and Innovation; a four-year graduation and college readiness guidance plan for high school students; adoption of the NWEA assessment systems to help educators improve their effectiveness; establishment of the Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Committee; new Linked Learning Gold Certified Career Pathways and the state’s first Linked Learning Gold High School; establishment of the Learning Labs literacy and math pilot program; and teacher-led efforts to align curriculum, instruction, and assessment systems across schools.

Ervin did face criticism from community and board members, with some calling for his removal last fall. The board discussed his performance behind closed doors on Oct. 5 but found no cause to take action.

Supt. Ervin’s last day on the job will be July 1, 2022.

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