Trustees Recognize Kalen Gallagher

The Board of Trustees recognized past Board President Kalen Gallagher for his 11 years of service to the Board of Trustees. Trustee Gallagher announced that, effective September 1st, 2022, he will be stepping down from the CUHSD Board of Trustees. At the last Board Meeting, Trustee Gallagher received a certificate of service from the California State Assembly and Assembymember Alex Lee, as well as a Commendation from the City of San Jose for his service.


Board President Stacey Brown shared, “Our District’s About Us page on our website…reads ‘Our local high schools have gone from being very good to excellent in recent years and we are competitive with top districts in the area.’ Kalen, to me that’s the headline of your service to our community.”

Trustee Gallagher noted a number of accomplishments of the district in the last 10 years, including: 

  • #1 in County for growth rate of A-G eligibility (A-G is a set of admission requirements by the University of California)
  • Tripled number of students from low-income backgrounds that are A-G eligible 
  • #2 for English test scores improvement in the County
  • #2 in math test scores improvement in the County
  • Over 20% increased enrollment in Career and Technical Education courses
  • Double the number of students taking Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests
  • 17% increase of pass rate among students taking Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests
  • (94%) decrease in expelled students from 1.61% of students to 0.09% 
  • (61%) decrease in suspensions from 8% to 3.1%
  • (81%) decrease in drop out rate from 16% to 3%

Trustee Gallagher shared, “I was thinking about just how radically different this district is today than it was 10 years ago and it’s not me, it’s a collection of a thousand different people. It’s parents, it’s students, it’s teachers, it’s different Board members. It’s all of that coming together to do something different.”