Letter from Superintendent Maldonado: School starts in three weeks!

Dear Santa Barbara Unified Students, Employees, Families, and Community Partners, I trust your weekend went well and you and your loved ones continue to remain safe and healthy. At last week’s board meeting we discussed the initial contingency plans for the start of the new school year. The presentation to the board included our commitment […]

SBUnified to Open the School Year With 100% Distance Learning

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Friday that Santa Barbara Unified School District – as well as all districts across Santa Barbara County – must open the school year with a 100% Distance Learning model. The ability to physically open campus to in-person instruction is based on local COVID-19 rates and data. According to the […]

Greetings and Updates from Our New Superintendent, Hilda Maldonado

  Dear Santa Barbara Students, Employees, Families, and Community Partners, I’m writing to express my sincere gratitude and excitement as your new Superintendent. The warm welcome has been inspiring. Thank you for embracing me as part of your community. I have been following your work on issues of equity, excellence and achievement for all students. […]


Associate Superintendent of LAUSD Brings Strong Experience in Equity, Excellence, and Community Building Today the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint a new Superintendent, Hilda Maldonado.  Maldonado was chosen for her extensive background in academic achievement, her strong focus on partnerships and her current leadership in responding to the […]

Updates from Superintendent Matsuoka

Dear Santa Barbara Unified School District families and staff. I wanted to bring you a few updates regarding plans in the works on various fronts as we begin to wrap up the current school year and turn our thoughts to planning for the Fall. Today is day 37 of school closure. The disruption to life […]