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Board of Education

Board of Education Overview


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The Upland Unified School District Board of Education is the governing body of the district. Our Board is composed of five elected community members who work together to ensure that our district creates excellence for all students. The Board makes major decisions for the district regarding educational goals, staffing, and school policy and ensures that the district is financially accountable to the public. The district staff, headed by the Superintendent of Schools, carries out the policies and actions of the Board. 

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Board of Education Members


Mary Locke



Mary Locke


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Mary Locke is committed to providing every student with the opportunity to succeed in whatever career path he or she chooses to follow. Elected to the UUSD Board of Education in 2018, her focus has been on ensuring that students and teachers have the support and resources they need to make that happen.

Her own path was paved through years of community service while raising three children who attended Upland schools. She served as a school volunteer and PTA leader, worked the better part of a decade as an accounting and finance professional, and later became a substitute teacher. 

Mrs. Locke believes her personal, professional, and classroom experience has given her a unique perspective as a school board member, particularly when it comes to recognizing the needs of today’s students and making sure they’re able to compete and prosper in the 21st century. This includes an emphasis on both academic and practical skills, expanding STEM learning opportunities, and retaining and attracting employees committed to student success.

Mrs. Locke grew up in Rowland Heights and has lived in Upland since 1991. She has a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and is pursuing her master’s degree in education from Grand Canyon University.

Bob Bennett, LCSW, ACSW



Bob Bennett, LCSW, ACSW

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Robert Bennett’s history with the Upland Unified School District dates back to his kindergarten days at Upland Elementary. A resident of the city for the past 51 years, Mr. Bennett has been a parent volunteer at Pepper Tree Elementary School, a PTA member, a substitute teacher, and since 2018, a member of the UUSD Board of Education.

A licensed clinical social worker, Mr. Bennett believes in creating a positive learning environment where all students have the opportunity to grow and flourish and teachers can do their best work. Fiscal solvency, he believes, is an important part of that equation.

Mr. Bennett spent 34 years with the County of San Bernardino, retiring as a manager in the Department of Aging and Adult Services. As a social worker since 1981, he has worked with seniors, adults with disabilities, providers, children, infants, and their families. He is an In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) and Adult Protective Services (APS) subject matter expert for the Superior Court of California and has been a guest speaker on radio and television since 1989. He has been a guest lecturer at Chaffey College and an adjunct professor at California State University San Bernardino, and currently is an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University in the Department of Social Work.

In addition to his service to UUSD, Mr. Bennett is a governing board member and Foundation chair for West End Family Counseling Services, a board member for the Ontario Community Foundation, and a member of the Inland Empire Disability Collaborative. 

Mr. Bennett earned an associate degree in Liberal Arts from Chaffey College, a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cal State San Bernardino, and a master’s degree in social work, also from CSUSB.

He and his wife, Teresa, have a daughter (Nicole) and a grandson (Kyro).

Sherman Garnett



Sherman Garnett


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Sherman Garnett leans on the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when describing his more than four decades as a teacher, coach, principal, school district administrator and, since 2020, a member of the Upland Unified School District Board of Education:

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

“I needed to serve my own community more,” Mr. Garnett says of his decision to run for a board seat. “I know the district well, and for me, it’s all about the kids.”

The 34-year Upland resident is no stranger to the complex issues facing school districts, having served on the San Bernardino County Board of Education for four years, including two one-year terms as president.

During his career, Mr. Garnett has worked at both the comprehensive and alternative school level and as a district and county level administrator. He is an author, an adjunct faculty member at Cambridge University and California State University, and a member of the California State School Attendance Review Board (SARB).

His firm, Sherman Garnett & Associates, is state and nationally recognized in the field of pupil services.

Mr. Garnett is past President of the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance Section(CASCWA) and the Association of California School Administrators Student Services and Special Education Council (ACSA). He is a member of the executive board of the National Truancy Prevention Association (NTPA).

Mr. Garnett edits and distributes two-yearly manuals utilized extensively throughout the state in the areas of student discipline due process and student records.

Mr. Garnett and his wife, a retired educator, have three children, all of whom attended Upland schools.

“Upland has changed a lot,” Mr. Garnett says. “I see that and I want to help.”

Jack Young



Jack Young


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Having spent his career in education, Jack Young is committed to providing Upland students with a world-class 21st-century learning environment, and ensuring they have the tools they need to live good lives in a good society.

Mr. Young was elected to the UUSD Board of Education in 2016, nearly three decades after moving to the Inland Empire to continue a teaching career he had started in Del Rio, Texas. The Michigan native attended the University of Michigan-Flint and earned his master’s degree from Baylor University. He came to California in 1989, working in the Ontario-Montclair School District as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and district office administrator, and earning his administrative credential from the University of California-Riverside.

Mr. Young currently works at the University of La Verne, supervising student teachers. He also is a member of the Baldy View Regional Occupational Program (ROP) Commission.

His experience, desire to build a strong relationship between teachers, administrators, the board, and commitment to providing students the best education possible inspired him to run for office.

In addition to his work with schools, Mr. Young is a volunteer and board member at Foothill Family Shelter. He is a long-time HAM radio operator, former volunteer fireman, and a volunteer for Helping Out Pets Everyday (H.O.P.E.). In his spare time, he likes to read, exercise, listen to music, and perform with Music Masters, a swing band in Upland.

Mr. Young met his wife, Robyn, while traveling in Germany. The couple have one daughter, Heather, who attended Upland schools and graduated from Upland High School. 

Wes Fifield

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Wes Fifield


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Wes Fifield has served on the UUSD Board of Education since 2005 – a decade and a half that has seen the District experience significant growth in academic achievement, earn state and national acclaim for its commitment to student health and well-being, introduce and expand STEM learning and AVID instruction, and build some of California’s most successful athletic and extracurricular programs. 

The desire to see all students are given opportunities in life through education is the core reason why Mr. Fifield ran for the Upland Unified School Board. Providing pathways for students to be college ready, career technical training, STEM classes, along with the arts, athletics, and social/emotional support are the pillars of UUSD. Education is the most reliable way for anyone to improve their life and stays with you your entire life. Upland should be the place where this all happens. Mr. Fifield also provides oversight for the UUSD with his background in accounting, construction, real estate, and in the business community.

Mr. Fifield and his wife, Stacey, have lived in Upland since 1996, and have raised two children here – both of whom graduated from Upland High School. His commitment to community is evident in his many volunteer and philanthropic endeavors, including serving on the boards of San Antonio Regional Hospital, the Highlander Educational Foundation and the Scheu Family YMCA.

Mr. Fifield is owner of Panorama Development, a shopping center development company in the Inland Empire. He has a degree in biochemistry and cell biology from the University of California, San Diego, with minors in managerial accounting and psychology.


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids, or other reasonable accommodations, for effective participation in Board of Education meetings are invited to make their requests and preferences known to Michelle Brandin in the Superintendent's Office, at (909) 985-1864, extension 21107 or, within a reasonable time prior to the meeting.

Following receipt of a request for an accommodation, within a timely manner, the District will invite the requestor to engage in the interactive process where in the District will determine whether there are reasonable accommodations to which the requestor is entitled.  During the interactive process meeting, the District's Section 504/Title II Coordinator, or other qualified personnel, will discuss the nature of the requestor's impairment, the resulting functional limitations necessitating the requested accommodation, and whether there is any alternate accommodation that is equally as effective in meeting the requestor's needs.  Following the meeting, the District will make an individualized determination regarding the request and, within a timely manner, notify the requestor in writing of its determination, the basis for the determination, and the requestor’s right to challenge the determination. 

The District will deny the request only if it determines that:  the requestor is not an individual with a disability under Section 504/ADA standards; the requestor’s disability does not necessitate the requested accommodation; there is an alternate accommodation that is equally effective in meeting the requestor’s needs; or providing the requested accommodation to the individual requestor would constitute an undue burden or fundamental alteration of a District service, program, or activity.

If the District approves the requested accommodation, or a reasonable, equally effective alternative, the District will implement the accommodation as soon as practicable. 

If the requestor does not agree with the District's determination, the requestor may challenge the decision by a filing a complaint under the District's Uniform Complaint Procedure ("UCP") pursuant to Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 1312.3.