Red Bluff Union Elementary School District superintendent William McCoy and board trustee Adriana Griffin were recognized by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the California Middle Grades Alliance (CMGA) on Thursday for modeling effective governance and leadership throughout the transformation of Vista Preparatory Academy.
Vista Preparatory Academy (formerly known as Vista Middle School) has been a California GEAR UP school since 2011. The school was reconstituted in 2013 in order to establish a student-centered learning environment that better supported the educational needs of the Red Bluff community and has been largely successful in this turnaround.
The mission of CMGA is to support high quality middle grades education designed to close achievement gaps and ensure success for all students through increasing public awareness, disseminating research and best practices for the purpose of influencing middle grades policy and informed decision-making at the state and local level. CMGA’s selection process for recognizing and celebrating district leadership focuses on the successful implementation of the California Department of Education’s 12 Recommendations for Middle Grades Success.
Red Bluff Union Elementary School District was specifically recognized for the District’s collaboration with the school leadership team at Vista to promote academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity, and for creating an effective organizational structure where all students can be successful.
The Vista Prep Story
Over the course of three years and with the leadership of a group of committed teachers, administrators, teachers, students, GEAR UP, and community partnerships, Vista Middle School transformed from a failing middle school into a thriving Preparatory Academy. The focus of the transformation: creating a school culture centered around student success as the highest priority. Their story is in progress but the results are already telling.