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Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Recognized with Distinguished California Education Honor: Golden Bell Award
Posted 12/20/19

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Recognized with Distinguished California Education Honor 


Hacienda La Puente Unified School District receives Golden Bell Award from California School Boards Association celebrating outstanding education programs and governance practices


San Diego, Calif., December 5, 2019 –The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District was selected as one of 57 recipients of California’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award. The Golden Bell Awards, celebrating their 40th year, are presented by the California School Boards Association to promote excellence in public education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices. The awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs.



Hacienda La Puente Unified School District received its award at a well-attended reception and ceremony on Dec. 5, 2019, at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. The awards ceremony was part of CSBA’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show held from Dec. 5-7 in San Diego. The conference is the premier continuing education event for California school boards and the largest education leadership conference in the state.


The office of Equity and Access was created by the district to coordinate and manage District activities with special emphasis to the implementation of the District’s Local Control Accountability Plan related to parents, student engagement, school climate and course access.  The Equity and Access department’s Foster Student Education Program established in July 2016 focuses on providing support to our most disenfranchised children and youth experiencing internal and external factors impacting their education while in foster care.  The district is committed to enhancing the education of foster youth in the district and ensuring high school graduation and transition to college and career opportunities. Utilizing the Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports framework, the Foster Student Education Program coordinates and implements the delivery of services to 268 students district-wide to ensure school attendance, educational achievement and social emotional well-being. The Implementation of best practices has shown higher graduation rates in the last three years. 


Quote from Interim Superintendent,. Annie Bui

The Foster Student Education Program has built capacity and elevated educational outcomes for our foster youth in the district, directly aligned with our vision to meet the needs of each child and prepare them for college and career. “ 



A judging panel composed of experts from school districts and county offices of education across the state reviewed written entries and made initial recommendations. On-site validators then reviewed the recommendations and assessed the programs in action. This year’s Golden Bell winners demonstrated that they are addressing student needs through areas such as equity and access, school climate and safety, technology and wellness.


“Now more than ever is a time to acknowledge and celebrate innovative and impactful programs that make a difference in the lives of our young people,” said CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy. “This year’s Golden Bell winners truly serve as beacons of success as we work to more fully and equitably serve all of California’s public school students.”


To learn more about the Golden Bell awards and all the winners, visit the program’s website at





CSBA is a nonprofit education association representing the elected officials who govern public school districts and county offices of education. With a membership of nearly 1,000 educational agencies statewide, CSBA brings together school governing boards and district and county office administrators to advocate for effective policies that advance the education and well-being of the state’s more than 6 million school-age children. Learn more at