Soumakian spoke to a group of school principals, teachers, students and community leaders Thursday at Pacifica High School. While pleased at the jump in the API score to 748 in 2012 from 723 in 2011, Soumakian said the district must accomplish the same thing this school year to bring its API scores closer to the 800-point minimum benchmark standard.
He said one way to add to the district’s education options will be through the Oxnard Education Foundation, which is being resurrected after languishing for years. Soumakian introduced board members of the foundation during his speech.
The board will look for opportunities to expand the learning experience to internships and other programs to train students to work in a highly technological workplace, according to board President Cynthia Herrera. Herrera is the project director of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics program at Oxnard College.