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Dave Roberts Steps Down from School Board After 12 Years

Longtime educator and Alta Loma School District school board member Dave Roberts has retired from the Board of Trustees after 12 years of service.

A resident of Alta Loma for more than 42 years, Roberts has been an advocate for teachers and students beyond his service as a school board member. He was elected to the board in 2008 after a long career as a teacher and administrator in the Santa Fe Springs, Alta Loma, Bakersfield, West Covina and Arcadia school districts.

“Dave has been a dedicated board member, making decisions based on what he felt would be the best outcome for the students and staff of Alta Loma School District,” said Rebecca Davies, president of the ALSD Board of Trustees. “He brought an important viewpoint to the board's discussion because of his professional career as first a teacher and then as a school administrator. He took his responsibilities as a board member seriously and his leadership will be missed.”

Dave’s late wife Myrna also worked for many years in the Alta Loma School District, and daughter Pam Roberts teaches English and is the ASB adviser at Vineyard Junior High School.

“Dave truly values, appreciates and respects the work that goes on in the classrooms and what it takes for everything to come together so that whole symphony works together,” said ALSD Superintendent James Moore. “He has always had a great respect for what teachers do and the impact they have on children and the community. That comes from his foundation as an educator and his family’s commitment to education.”

Roberts says the narrow passage of the Measure H bond measure in 2016 is among the highlights he saw during his three terms on the school board.

“Getting to see what that means and how beneficial that is to our schools and the community at large has been extremely rewarding,” Roberts said. “The technology is a great improvement and the classrooms offer a warm inviting space for teachers to teach and students to learn.”

Roberts’ career began as a fourth-grade teacher in the Santa Fe Spring School District in the 1970s. As their own children arrived, he and Myrna found a bigger house in Alta Loma, where they settled in 1979. Then superintendent Floyd Stork hired Roberts to teach at Jasper Elementary and Myrna at the new school that is now Stork Elementary. She remained there until she retired.

By mid-year he was a teaching assistant principal at Alta Loma Elementary and briefly served as acting principal. A year later he became the assistant principal for the newly christened Deer Canyon Elementary School, where he worked for a decade before also working at Hermosa Elementary.

Roberts moved to Bakersfield, where he was a principal for eight years. He later returned to the region to serve in West Covina, where he reached a career highlight when his school increased its API scores from 500 to better than 800. He closed his final four years as an educator in Arcadia. All the while, the Roberts’ maintained their residence in Alta Loma.

“I had retired as an administrator, and I had not worked in Alta Loma in about 25 years or so, but I realized there might be something I could do to help in a different way,” Roberts recalled.

That led him to run for a position on the school board, which gave him the opportunity to extend his skills and knowledge as an educator to a new perspective.

“I would like to think we’ve made great strides in the way we work together between the board, teachers and the community,” Roberts said. “We have a professional, collegial relationship. That kind of goodwill reflects in the work that our teachers do every day with our kids.”

Roberts’ final meeting was Nov. 4. Jessica Martinez was elected to the board in the November election.