Task Force on School Climate and Safety


A Framework for Safe and Successful Schools


Santa Barbara Unified School District’s Task Force on School Climate and Safety was authorized by the Board of Education in the Spring of 2018. The Task Force convened with the objective to facilitate a series of school safety and climate community forums based upon five interrelated safety topics; and to gather information to share with the Board on what is working and areas for improvement throughout the district. The five interrelated school climate and safety topics include: 1) School Safety; 2) Public Safety; 3) Cultural Proficiency & Equity; 4) Technology & Social Media; 5) Mental Health & Wellness.

The membership of the task force includes:

Santa Barbara Unified School District:

  • Cary Matsuoka, Superintendent
  • Frann Wageneck, EdD, Assistant Superintendent Student Services
  • Shawn Carey, Assistant Superintendent Education Services for Secondary
  • Todd Ryckman, Chief Educational Technology Officer
  • Alejandra “Ali” Cortes, Youth Outreach Worker – SBUnified
  • Kelly Moore, Safety Coordinator

Community Partners:

  • Ericka Dixon, Santa Barbara Parents for High School Safety and SBUnified Parent
  • Rendy Freedman, MFT, Co-Founder, Education and Clinical Director – AHA!
  • George Hedricks, Senior Deputy – Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department
  • Michael Herrick, School Resource Officer – Santa Barbara Police Department
  • Jaycee Hunter, Deputy – Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department
  • Shane Jimerson, Ph.D, Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at University of California Santa Barbara and a nationally-certified school psychologist
  • Melissa Lowenstein, Program Director – AHA! and SBUnified Parent
  • Jarrod Schwartz, Executive Director, Just Communities
  • Rachael Steidl, Chair of Youth Mental Wellness Coalition, Advisor for Youth Wellness Connection Clubs & Council and SBUnified Parent
  • Brianna Moffitt, Anti-Defamation League’s Santa Barbara/TriCounties