Bradley Union School District
Bradley Union School District staff are presented with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren during an Open House event on May 16. (Contributed)

BRADLEY — Bradley Union School District was presented with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren last month in honor of its recent acceptance into the national League of Innovative Schools.

An Open House event was held May 16 at the Bradley Community Hall, where Bradley families and community members, current and former school employees and students, board members and other officials gathered to celebrate the rural school district’s national acclaim.

“I congratulate the Bradley Union School District on its acceptance into the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools and was proud to have staff present a Certificate of Congressional Recognition stating such,” Lofgren said. “Promoting innovation across-the-board has long been a priority of mine, and I am excited when local institutions are national exemplars. Our children, grandchildren and students are the future, and I applaud the Bradley Union School District for leading the way in efforts to make sure their futures are bright.”

Angela Bocanegra, staff assistant/field representative for Lofgren, presented the certificate to district officials on behalf of the congresswoman that evening.

“I can tell you that there are more people in this room celebrating tonight than in the entire town of Bradley,” said Josh Van Norman, superintendent/principal of Bradley USD. “Yet, despite our small population, the Bradley Union School District has been accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, a network of the most innovative and forward-thinking districts in the nation. Being one of only eight school districts selected nationally this year and the only school district selected from California, we proudly represent Monterey County and the State of California.” 

In March, Bradley Union School District was accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, a national network of forward-thinking leaders in education. The League is organized by Digital Promise, a global nonprofit working to expand opportunity for every learner by bridging solutions across research, practice and technology.

League members have access to unique opportunities to co-create, pilot and scale innovative practices, apply learnings to their own districts and identify and promote promising practices to other districts across the country.

Bradley USD was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its educational leadership, demonstrated commitment to equity and excellence, innovative vision for learning, key achievements and collaborative spirit. It is only one of three League members from South Monterey County, joining the Greenfield Union School District in Greenfield and San Antonio Union School District in Lockwood.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.

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