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ALSD Superintendent James Moore Set to Retire in June

James Moore, who has served as Superintendent of the Alta Loma School District since 2014, announced he will retire at the end of current school year.

With nearly 40 years of service in public education, Moore made an immediate impact as Superintendent and has led the District through a tremendous period of growth. Most recently, the District completed and opened its first newly constructed building in more than 20 years.

“I immediately fell in love with everything in the Alta Loma School District from my first day on the job,” Moore said. “Our amazing teachers, staff, students, families and Board of Trustees are committed to making sure that the family and team approach is present in everything we do – from academic excellence to personal relationships.”

The ALSD Board of Trustees has launched a search and hopes to name a new Superintendent by the end of the academic year.

Since Moore took over as Superintendent six years ago, the school District has implemented the Common Core State Standards, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress System, and the Smarter Balanced Assessment System. ALSD also adopted the Local Control and Accountability Plan formula for budgeting and setting strategic initiatives.

Students continue to grow and improve over a range of statewide academic, attendance and behavioral accountability indicators, according to the California Department of Education’s school dashboard. ALSD was the only school district in San Bernardino County to display a “green” in all four indicators, representing strong performance in all of the designated state measures. 

Over the past four years, the District's focus on increasing student achievement in mathematics has resulted in a 10 percentage-point gain in the number of students in the District who have met or exceeded proficiency.

Individual schools also are thriving. In recent years, Alta Loma and Deer Canyon (twice) elementary schools and Vineyard Junior High have earned recognition as California Distinguished Schools. In 2018-2019, Vineyard became the first ALSD school to earn the Gold PBIS Implementation Award for its positive and collegial campus environment and culture for students and staff.

Under Moore’s leadership, the District has assembled a counseling staff of health professionals and a multi-tiered comprehensive school counseling program to provide support for social, emotional and behavior-related problems and crisis counseling. Family workshops and training sessions covering various social and emotional topics are available for parents.

District student enrollment has held steady in recent years and has become increasingly attractive to families from neighboring areas, in large part because of the expansion of the Preppy K program.

ALSD also has seen growth beyond academics. Thanks to voter approval of Measure H in 2016, the District has launched a renovation and modernization program to benefit all 10 schools. A new classroom building opened at Deer Canyon Elementary School in January, while major work continues at both Alta Loma and Vineyard junior high schools and will soon begin at other elementary schools.

In addition, the District recently overhauled its entire wireless network infrastructure, implemented new school safety and security measures, converted to a voice-over internet protocol phone system, and replace outdated equipment and infrastructure. Classrooms throughout the District are being renovated with the 21st century learning approach, including furniture intended to meet the needs of today’s students and teachers.

“All of these improvements will directly benefit our community’s children for many years to come,” said Moore, who plans to coach educational leaders after he retires.

He often reflects on the generations of families that have been educated in the Alta Loma School District and have commented that “the schools look just like they did when they went to school,” he said. “I want them to say they don’t look anything like they used to.”

Every student at every school in the District now has access to appropriate learning technology, thanks to the purchase of new Chromebooks and other age-appropriate touch-screen computers.

All ALSD sites have been equipped with solar panels, all done with no upfront costs to the District or tax dollars. The system is expected to save the district around $9 million over 25 years.

Moore also oversaw the implementation of a District-wide logo program, in which the District and all of the schools launched new or redesigned logos. ALSD overhauled its website and added a mobile app and social media presence to improve communications with families, staff and the community.

Prior to joining Alta Loma, Moore was the Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services for the Azusa Unified School District and Director of Educational Services for the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District.

He was the founding principal of Chino Hills High School when it opened in 2000, leading the institution into 2005. Previously, he held assistant principal positions at Don Lugo and Ayala high schools in the Chino Valley Unified School District. He also was a science and mathematics teacher and a counselor in the Chino Valley Unified School District.

Raised in Claremont, Moore was named the 2011 Career and Technical Education Administrator of the Year in Orange County. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in education at Azusa Pacific University, along with several teaching and administrative credentials. He also was the lead trainer for the ACSA AB 430 administrative credential program. Moore is a graduate of Claremont High School, where he was an all-CIF swimmer and the school’s athlete of the year.

For more information, contact Adriana Mohler at the ALSD District Support Center at (909) 484-5151 or