Board Meeting Fosters Changes at OPA

Mrs. Barbara Black Steps Down as Executive Director

During yesterday’s Special Board Meeting which preceded the regularly scheduled meeting, it was announced that Executive Director, Barbara Black, has resigned effective December 6th.

Mrs. Black has been part of the OPA organization since its inception beginning as Oxford’s Director of School Development before assuming her role as Executive Vice-President. Mrs. Black returned to OPA after a brief retirement to fill the vacant Executive Director position in July 2015. In all, she has spent more than 35 years working in public education, both in the classroom and administration and we are thankful for her service to our schools.

Mrs. Black left with words of appreciation to our community saying, “Thank you for the opportunity to serve the board, staff, parents and students. It has been a privilege to be a part of the Oxford Preparatory Champion family.”

The Oxford Preparatory Academy Board of Directors, under newly appointed Chairman Andrew Vestey, will guide a national search for a replacement. “We want to thank Barbara Black for her service and wish her well in her future endeavors,” Vestey said. “We now look forward to moving ahead and working collaboratively with the San Bernardino County Board of Education to renew the Chino Valley charter petition for the 1,226 students and their families who love their school. We have important work ahead and we thank every stakeholder for the important part they play in the future and success of this organization.”

Denise Pascoe Named Interim Executive Director of OPA

After a unanimous vote, the Oxford Preparatory Board of Directors have selected Mrs. Denise Pascoe as Interim Executive Director of our three schools. Mrs. Pascoe will shift from her role as Chancellor at our Oxford Prep-SOC campus and lead our schools while a nationwide search is conducted for a permanent replacement at the helm of OPA.

Prior to joining Oxford Preparatory Academy, Mrs. Pascoe spent 25 years in the education field. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from California State University at Los Angeles, and a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the California State University at Long Beach. She also furthered her education with a credential specializing in mathematics at California State University at Long Beach.

Ms. Debra Tarver Welcomed to Oxford Board

In a 3-0 decision, the Board Members of Oxford Preparatory Academy welcomed charter school veteran and advocate, Debra Tarver, to join their ranks. Ms. Tarver brings more than 25 years of experience in education, a Masters in Educational Administration, and a BA in Business Administration to our organization. She is currently the CEO and Founder of two charter schools located in the High Desert – LaVerne Elementary Preparatory Academy and Desert Trails Preparatory Academy. Additionally, she has operated other charter schools and mentored charter leaders. Ms. Tarver’s service also extends beyond her school sites as a Council Member for California Charter Schools Association and Vice Chair of CAHELP, Desert Mountain’s SELPA, along with many affiliations with professional educational organizations.

Just this past March, Ms. Tarver successfully navigated her Desert Trails charter school through a petition renewal appeal with the County of San Bernardino. Her experience, tenacity, and knowledge will be a welcome addition to our organization as we continue our efforts to renew OPA-Chino Valley’s petition while strengthening operations at our Oxford Prep-SOC and Saddleback Valley schools.

Ms. Tarver is a true advocate for children. Her passion, work ethic, and community involvement speaks volumes of her dedication to work with children and families to make sure they get the best education possible.