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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Board Member — Borrego Springs Unified School District

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Valeen Szabo

Retired from Entertainment Industry....
Top 3 Priorities
  1. To keep our District strong financially.
  2. I want to bring more Arts (dance, drama and music)...
  3. Raise our expectations so our kids strive to take...
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K. Virginia Lee Johnson

International educator and counselor
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Ensure that all students graduate from high school
  2. I believe that schools belong to the community and...
  3. Move away from "small school" mentality to include...
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Valeen Szabo

Appointed Incumbent
562 votes (23.21%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To keep our District strong financially.
  • I want to bring more Arts (dance, drama and music) to our curriculum.
  • Raise our expectations so our kids strive to take advantage of the education they are offered.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Retired from Entertainment Industry. Educator at Borrego Springs Elementary 20 years.
Member, Borrego Springs Unified School District Board of Trustees — Appointed position (2013–2016)

Biography

I worked in the Entertainment Industry, starting an age ten as an actress.   I spent 40 years both on stage and off.  I was the Director of Administration at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, as well as the Assistant to the General Manager at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.  I went from there to Disneyland, where I was a Line Producer in the Entertainment/Marketing Division.  I retired and moved to Borrego where I went to work for the School District as an Aide at the Elementary School and spent 20 years there working to teach reading and then taught PE as well.  During that time, I also worked at La Casa Del Zorro in the gift shop.  I am the proud Mom of a Border Collie named Nikki, a Ragdoll cat named RumTumTugger and a Quarter Horse, Red Baron Lady Bar, whom I call BonBon.

I was appointed to the Board of Trustees at a time when the District was on the verge of bankruptcy, and along with this wonderful group of people have brought us back to fiscal responsibility.  I look forward to maintaining the consistency we have now, and continuing the work we have started.

Political Beliefs

My political philosophy is pretty simple.  Do the right thing.  I do not believe in "party affiliations".  I choose to do what I believe in my heart is right.  I try to look at both sides of issues and make my own decisions based on what I perceive to be facts.  I accept people on the basis of how we interact together, not on philosophy, beliefs, color, race or any other so-called ethnicities.  Think of all the great food we would miss out on!  I have always been a bit different, but I like to call it character.

Official Statement

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Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

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Email valeenforborregoschools@gmail.com
Educator
623 votes (25.73%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure that all students graduate from high school
  • I believe that schools belong to the community and must be an integral part of that community. I will assist both schools and the Borrego community with accomplishing this.
  • Move away from "small school" mentality to include grant-writing and other measures in order to bring programs to the schools such as career counseling.

Experience

Experience

Profession:International educator and counselor

Official Statement

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Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

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BORREGO SPRINGS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

K. VIRGINIA LEE JOHNSON
Educator/ Counselor/ Retired Military Officer

I grew up in the ranching community of Japatul Valley, California, one hour from Borrego Springs. Although I have worked and lived all over the world, my roots are in San Diego County and it is here that I want to give back to my community. After retiring as a 24-year U.S. military officer and handling many sizes of budgets, I obtained a Master’s in education/ counseling and a Ph.D in education. With 15 years as an educator and counselor, I served as a school-based behavior health therapist, a substitute teacher for grades K-12 and taught college within the U.S. I presently teach psychology online for Southwestern College’s Professional Studies. Internationally, I headed a school guidance department and taught 12th grade English and psychology, also presenting critical educational topics at international conferences. As a mother of two and stepmother of four now adult children, I advocate for a child’s right to learn. I believe that a community is its school’s life-blood and must be its guiding force, not the other way around. To prepare students for success, schools must listen to parents.

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Email ladymajorretired@yahoo.com
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Arie R. Korporaal

Educator
590 votes (24.37%)Winning
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Steve Riehle

Retired Educator
646 votes (26.68%)Winning
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Official Statement

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