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Chico Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Kathleen E. Kaiser

22,657 votes (25.45%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I am committed to keeping CUSD solvent and carrying out the bond facilities mandate that voters passed to improve all our schools.
  • I will work to assure students have the educational opportunities from highly qualified teachers to succeed in Career Technical Education, in preparing for higher education and a choice of career opportunities after graduation.
  • I will support our school culture's so that students are safe and welcomed participants in athletics, performing arts, community service and leadership opportunities that will let them grow and fulfill their potential.



Kathleen E. Kaiser, PhD

BA in Social Sciences, Florida State University, 1968

MA in Sociology, Duke University, 1970

PhD in Sociology, Duke University, 1979

Sociology Professor, Chico State University, 1972-2016

At CSUC, I served in various administrative and leadership positions including the following: Assistant Coach for Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams; Associate Dean; Department Chair; Academic Senator; Statewide Academic Senator; Chair of the General Education Committee; and I was the first female Faculty Trustee for the CSU (2003-05). I retired as Emeritus Academic Senator and Emeritus Professor in 2016.


My term on the CUSD School Board began in 2006. I am currently in my 3rd term. I am running again hoping to complete the major renovation that was started with the voter’s approval of our school bonds. Our goal is to modernize all our schools and upgrade all technology with the capacity to support the increasing number of students we are attracting. During my term the District has survived the near disaster of the 2008 recession which placed the district under difficult budgetary constraints and a declining school population. We now have a strong relationship with the unions and the community through a vibrant LCAP (assessment including parent and student feedback). CUSD students are increasing their skills as measured by the mandated Common Core Standardized testing and recognition at local, state, and national levels for Career Technical Education and leadership and performance in the Arts and Athletics. 

I served the CUSD Board as a Trustee for 12 years. I have served as President, VP, and Clerk. While on the Board, CUSD has emerged as a leading school district in the north state. During my term, CUSD schools have won recognition at the local, state and national level in athletics, Career Technical Education, the performing arts and leadership. With community bonds and engagement in LCAP, CUSD conducted a multi-year modernization campaign including the following: building new athletic stadiums; new science labs and classrooms; new playgrounds, classrooms, and multi-purpose rooms; and enhanced technology connections. The Board has invested in planning to effectively accommodate the increase in students while also staying current with new academic and career skills. As a Board member, I support our teachers and our staff with leadership and development in the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core, technology in the classroom and having fully qualified teachers and outstanding leadership at each of our schools and at the District. It is my goal for the next four years to continue this improvement and build out our district. With your support that is my pledge to you.

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