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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Board MemberPoway Unified School DistrictNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

Poway Unified School DistrictBoard Member

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Educator
7,747 votes (6.03%)
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  • To make sure that all students in the district are achieving.
  • To ensure that a strong leadership team is selected to lead the district.
  • To sound fiscal decisions to support learning and achieving.
Profession:Retired Elementary Principal
Teacher and Principal, San Diego Unified (19772009)
California State University, Fullerton Master's in Special Education (current)
Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children, Voices for Children (2010current)

I have had over 35 years in the educational community. I hold a Master's degree in Special Education and three teaching credentials.  I have taught as a Special Education Teacher, Regular Education Teacher, a trainer of teachers and as a principal of a elementary school.

1.
Funding to Schools

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools. What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?

Answer from John "Chas" Moriarty:

Presently, Poway Unified does not qualify for this funding.  Our role as a school board is to ensure the funding that the district does receive, is spent according to state guidelines. We have to make sure that the public has access and input into how the money is being spent in the district.

1.
Plan of Action

What is the most significant challenge facing the Poway Unified School District, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?

Answer from John "Chas" Moriarty:

The district has lost the trust of the public with the school board and the leadership of the district.  We have to return the focus back on students and learning.  We have to find a new superintendent and leadership team that will bring respect and trust back to the district. We have to establish in-depth conversations among the board and created guidelines for future proceedings.

As a candidate for a school board, I have no political philosophy. My main priority is to ensure that all students in the district receive the support they need to achieve to the best of their abilities.

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POWAY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

JOHN "CHAS" MORIARTY
Educator

The PUSD School Board is broken; it is imperative for our youths’ future that we elect an individual with a new perspective. My experience as an educator for over 30 years grants voters a fresh breath to enable our children to reach their potential. Ensuring our community’s children receive a premier education while maintaining prudent fiscal responsibility is my top priority.

My skills gained throughout my career make me an ideal candidate for the board. As a Naval Officer, I gained leadership. As an Eagle Scout, volunteer and philanthropist I found selflessness serving my community. As San Diego Unified Elementary Teacher of the Year, I developed my passion for children’s education. And, as a School Principal, I encouraged instructional prosperity.

If elected, my knowledge, proven track record and ability to compromise will unite the board, creating a district where all students have an opportunity for success. I will provide leadership on educational issues advocating for our students above all else.

Your vote for me in November will help allow my grandchildren, and all students in the district, receive the same exceptional education from PUSD as my children did. Together we can put children first without compromising sound monetary practices.

www.Facebook.com/MoriartyPUSD

Scientist
26,713 votes (20.79%)Winning
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  • Focus on high-quality education through excellence in curriculum, finances and staff.
  • Balance classroom resources between STEM, arts and whole-child (social emotional learning)
  • Advocate for collaboration, transparency and reform to rebuild trust with the community and district.
Profession:Scientist and Community Leader
Land Use Committee Member, Rancho Peñasquitos Planning Board — Elected position (2015current)
Executive Vice President, VP of Science and Technology, Park Village Elementary School Education Foundation — Elected position (2015current)
Board Member, SDPD Northeastern Division Police Captain's Advisory Board — Appointed position (2015current)
President, Health and Safety Chair, Fiesta Chair, Education Chair, Web, Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council — Elected position (20112016)
Vice President Legislation and Advocacy, Reflections Chair, PTA Park Village Elementary School — Elected position (20142016)
Project Manager, Genentech, Inc. (20062010)
Post-Doctoral Scientist, Genentech, Inc. (20022006)
University of California, Berkeley Certificate in Project Management, Biotechnology (2010)
Univerisity of California, Irvine Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Biophysics (2002)
Occidental College Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Biochemistry with minor in Religious Studies (1996)
Farmers Market Committee, Rancho Family YMCA (2015current)
Science Field Day Team coach, Park Village Elementary School (2015current)

I am a believer in effort. As a first generation American, I quickly learned that success comes primarily from effort, coupled with ability and planning. Consistently, it has been a combination of these three qualities that helped me achieve my goals, even during very challenging times.

I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1974; the only daughter of Urmila and Ramesh Patel. At an early age, my elder siblings, Bimal and Anand, taught me how to be tough and face challenges head on. My mother would remind me regularly, that because I was an American, I could be anything I wanted to be, as long as I put in the effort. Although she passed away when I was 14 years old, her words continue to inspire me to this day.

I received a scholarship and grant to attend Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA), where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry with a minor in Religious Studies in 1996. During my undergraduate education, I studied abroad for a year at the University of Sussex in England. Following graduation, I interned at Monsanto (St. Louis, MO) and then earned an intramural training award at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. I was awarded my Ph.D. in Biophysics by the University of California, Irvine in 2002. I joined the Department of Protein Engineering at Genentech, Inc., (South San Francisco, CA) as a postdoc and then received a Project Management Certificate from UC, Berkeley. I continued at Genentech, Inc., as a Project Manager in the Department of Translational Oncology managing therapeutics moving from research into development. By the time I left the biotech industry, I had eight years of professional experience.

I love learning and challenging myself in diverse settings. My experiences have given me a unique breadth and depth of knowledge that I use to turn my effort into excellence. My interests in civic responsibility started in Girl Scouts, continued through Key Club, and matured into leadership roles in organizations in college, graduate school and my professional life. Since moving to Rancho Peñasquitos with my family in 2010, I have served on:

•    The Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council – President, and Chairs of Education, Web&Print, Fiesta and Safety Committees

•    The Rancho Peñasquitos Planning Board – member of the Land Use Committee

•    SDPD Police Captain’s Advisory Board – Northeastern Division

•    Park Village Elementary School Foundation – Executive VP, Science and Technology Director

•    Park Village Elementary School PTA – VP Legislation, Reflections Chair

•    Poway Unified School District Advisory Committee, School Site Council

While serving as VP of Legislation on our PTA and on the District Advisory Committee, I realized that I could better serve my community by ensuring that PUSD fulfills its mission for Excellence in Education. I decided to run for Poway Unified School District Board of Education.

I am married to a very supportive husband and we have three daughters in 6th, 4th and 1st grade. I am invested in PUSD for years to come. Let’s work together to ensure that our children are given the resources they need to pursue their dreams.

  • Poway Federation of Teachers
  • Poway School Employees Association
  • San Diego County Democratic Party
  • Run Women Run
  • Coalition for Effective School Board Leadership
  • Dr. Alan Gin, Economist
  • Michelle O'Connor Ratcliff, PUSD Board President
1.
Funding to Schools

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools. What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?

Answer from Darshana Patel:

Our district has genuine challenges with its current financial status. Because of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), our district does not receive the same supplemental categorical funds that neighboring districts receive due to our demographic profile. While I was PTA VP of Legislation/Advocacy (2-year term), I wrote a weekly column in the school paper educating the community on local, state and federal education legislation and policy, engagement opportunities and public notices directly impacting children and families. Several of my columns explained how LCFF works and how to participate in Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) community forums. I participated in the forums each year and have seen first hand the strengths and challenges. There are ways we can improve our community understanding of our LCFF.

During the LCAP community input period, our district offers a few forum time slots, including one in Spanish, and has an online survey. In the months before the forums, the district should put out a series of educational or instructional videos on what LCFF is and why we need an LCAP. Partnering with a non-profit organization like Ed100.org that already does this would better prepare and guide the participants. This type of outreach will help ensure a high quality of input from the public and provides multiple sources for understanding our LCFF, especially in context of state requirements. Also, our district has to do a much better job with inclusive outreach with our community through communication in multiple languages and multiple formats.

Additionally, I would advocate for a mid-year review where the district can solicit feedback on progress towards meeting LCAP goals from all key stakeholders including community, staff and students. With a mid-year report, the district can make adjustments to our plan and improve overall outcomes on meeting the LCFF goals, which are measured with a standard rubric including a combination of test scores with student, teacher and parent feedback.

1.
Plan of Action

What is the most significant challenge facing the Poway Unified School District, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?

Answer from Darshana Patel:

Essentially, the most significant challenge falls under the broad category of resource management. Our district is facing challenges with finances, personnel and oversight. With finances, we need to redress the fallout from the capital appreciation bond, seek new funding opportunities due to budget shortfalls and rebuild fiduciary trust with our community. With personnel, we need to hire top-level administration and implement effective succession planning for staff nearing retirement age. Finally, there are serious flaws with internal controls and the processes currently in place are not sufficiently robust to capture mismanagement and need updating.

We need a board that will work collaboratively to address the resource management challenges in order to advance our mission of academic excellence. The current, visible, lack of trust and cooperation among board members hampers decisive board action and presents a controversial picture to the district and community. Additionally, there is an unintended consequence of demoralization of teachers, staff and administration. If elected, I would strongly advocate for a solution-focused board that takes into account all perspectives and strives for collaborative problem solving. As an experienced civic board President, competing interests have tested my consensus building, communication and ethics. While I respect that not all matters will be decided unanimously, the interest of our children’s education, the taxpayers’ dollars and the district’s employees should be foremost. This will be my guiding principle and it is time for positive change.

PUSD has a proven reputation as an exemplary school district, serving its community by delivering a high quality of education despite financial pressures. Our community has legitimate concerns that this outstanding quality of education is approaching a point of inflection.

  • There is a divided voice on the Board of Trustees
  • Residents don’t have a complete grasp of the rationale of board actions
  • Our top-level administration and significant number of staff are nearing retirement
  • Teachers are looking for training and support in transitioning to new education standards

I’ll work effectively every day for PUSD:

  • Excellence – Prioritize education, staff and finance
    • Our district has historically performed well based on mutual respect for all aspects of the education system. PUSD not only provides high quality education for our children but also is a responsible employer to several thousand residents. We need to work cooperatively to maintain this successful model of education.
  • Resources – Balance STEM, arts and whole child
    • Due to our current financial landscape, we must more effectively use our available resources to balance the education needs of our students. I will use a sensible approach in addressing education resource issues under board purview.
  • Advocacy – Seek funding, collaboration and reform
    • As a member of the board, I will explore funding options, keep open lines of communication and work with community groups. My years of community and school volunteerism have given me the right experience to focus on putting education first.

I am inherently a problem solver and consensus builder. I can use my strengths to guide our district in the right direction:

  • Needs of students – having three young children in the system, I have a vested interest in high quality public education
  • Era of STEAM – my formal education and training gives me the necessary background to support both science and arts
  • Respect for professionals in the district whose passion for education is proven with their dedication
  • Ability to objectively analyze data and priorities to develop strategies for success

* I am qualified: I have a PhD in Biophysics from University of California at Irvine, have a Bachelor of Arts from Occidental College, and have worked at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD) and Genentech, Inc. (South San Francisco, CA). I am a strong advocate of public education and have a genuine interest in the education experience. I am capable of digging into the weeds, but not getting stuck in them. My science background brings valuable STEM expertise to the Board. My Certification in Project Management, combined with extensive experience working on civic boards, makes me an objective problem-solver who can manage budgets and resources.

* I am dedicated: I have served on the Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council (serving as President, and Chairs of Education, Web&Print, Fiesta and Safety Committees), the Rancho Peñasquitos Planning Board (appointed member of the Land Use Committee),
the SDPD Police Captain’s Advisory Board (Northeastern Division), Park Village Elementary School Foundation (Executive Vice President, VP of Science and Technology), Park Village Elementary School PTA (Reflections Chair and VP Legislation), Poway Unified School District Advisory Committee and School Site Council.

* I am trustworthy: In every role I have stepped into, I have fulfilled my responsibilities, held organizations to higher standards and have had the strength to voice my concerns. I am committed to ethically fulfilling my board responsibilities. I will continue to work collaboratively and effectively with teachers, administration and the community. Our children’s education is my top priority.

I am the strong leader PUSD needs to build consensus and restore education excellence as the top priority. I respectfully ask for your vote - electe Patel4PUSD!

 

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[Candidates for this position had to pay a fee of $635 if they chose to present a 200-word statement in the sample ballot pamphlet.]

POWAY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

DARSHANA PATEL
AGE: 42
Scientist/Community Leader/Parent

PUSD is suffering from serious administrative challenges. We must elect a board member who is qualified, objective, collaborative and ethical to ensure the greatest success for our children.

I am a civic-minded scientist, parent and community leader dedicated to educational excellence in PUSD. Since my three young daughters attend PUSD schools, I am fully invested in high-quality education.

I am qualified. With a Ph.D. in Biophysics, my science background brings valuable STEM expertise to the Board. My Certification in Project Management, combined with extensive experience working on civic boards, makes me an objective problem-solver who can manage budgets and resources.

I am a community leader, having served as President of Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council, VP of Legislation/Advocacy for Park Village Elementary PTA, and PUSD Advisory Committee member. I am currently Executive VP of Park Village Elementary School Foundation. I understand the processes of school funding and meeting curriculum needs, and have a passion for educating parents on these issues.

I am committed to ethically fulfilling my board responsibilities and will continue to work collaboratively and effectively with teachers, administration and community. Our children’s education is my top priority.

I respectfully ask you to vote for Darshana Patel. www.patel4pusd.wordpress.com.

— October 8, 2016 Craig Sewing, The American Dream

Poway Unified School District Board of Education Candidate Dr. Darshana Patel interview excerpt by Craig Sewing on The American Dream. Full show aired on October 6, 2016.

— October 8, 2016 Candidate video release

June 3rd Hilltop Community Park. Patel4PUSD Launches Campaign for Poway Unified School District Board of Education.

— October 8, 2016 Candidate campaign video

Poway Democratic Club's PUSD Candidates Forum, scheduled on 8/18, 6:30 pm, at Templar's Hall, in Old Poway Park.

Questions were gathered from PDC members and randomized. Candidates were not given access to the questions prior to the forum.

School Foundation Volunteer
21,436 votes (16.68%)
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  • Hiring a future-focused Superintendent and forging a strong governance team comprised of the Superintendent and the Board.
  • Insuring the proposed business audit is completed, and that the results are used to declare specific actions to close identified business practice gaps.
  • Preserving what is best for student learning while fixing the structural deficit in PUSD’s budget.
Profession:Professional Volunteer and Freelance Research Analyst
Freelance Research Analyst, Competitive Edge Research & Communication (2013current)
Founding President and Director, The D39C Collaborative (2014current)
University of California at Irvine Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Major: Social Science / Minor: Political Science (1987)

Overview

Versatile and capable with a reputation for diplomacy, vision, dedication, and excellence. Strong communication and management skills. More than 25 years of experience comprised of paid and volunteer roles in fundraising, community affairs, marketing communications, market research, and political campaigns.

 

Select Accomplishments

Co-founded two parent-driven organizations to support Poway Unified Schools: Willow Grove Educational Foundation and The D39C Collaborative. Co-authored corporate by-laws and completed rigorous 501(c)3 applications. Led strategic planning to develop sound organizational Mission and Vision statements, fundraising plans, and budgets. Led volunteer boards of directors to adopt sound management policies and procedures. Funds bridged gaps in insufficient state support to provide schools with additional teachers, materials, supplies, and equipment and helped build the culture of the learning communities.

Directed marketing and public affairs activities for the premier regional economic development organization in San Diego. Staged publicity events promoting the region’s key business attributes, wrote speeches and op-eds, prepared business leaders for editorial boards, met with key reporters and editors, served as media contact and spokesperson for business climate stories. Provided staff support to committees comprised of key business leaders to address issues critical to the region’s continued competitiveness. Led annual internal strategic planning process.

Conducted research studies to inform clients’ interests in the areas of product performance and development, advertising effectiveness, message development, and public, community, and media relations. Managed contractors, designed questionnaires, analyzed quantitative data, moderated focus groups, and interpreted qualitative data.

Developed and oversaw implementation of four-day program sponsored by the Presidential Inaugural Committee and hosted by President-elect George H.W. Bush. Managed seven person event execution team and volunteers. Developed theme and managed $300,000 program budget. Prepared briefing material for President-elect Bush and Inaugural Committee senior staff.

  • The Coalition for Effective School Board Leadership
  • Poway Federation of Teachers
  • Mayor Kevin Faulconer
  • T.J. Zane, PUSD Board of Trustees
  • San Diego City Councilmember Mark Kersey
  • CCSA Advocates
  • Julie Harris Neiger, PUSD 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year

I believe in elevating public education, and I believe in Poway Unified schools. Every student deserves the opportunity to achieve their personal best. That requires a school board focused—first and foremost—on student learning and the district’s diverse needs. I’m passionate about upholding public trust and the district’s reputation, never losing sight of the children and families counting on us. If elected, I will conduct the district’s business with integrity, with transparency, and with every student in mind.

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POWAY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

DEBRA COOPER
AGE: 51
School/Foundation Volunteer

I believe in Poway Unified schools, but am disheartened with Poway Unified School District’s current leadership. Discussions focused on student learning have been lost. Board votes are deadlocked in a predictable 3-2 split. Our Superintendent was recently terminated. These embarrassments damage PUSD’s reputation, affect our ability to hire good teachers, and hurt our property values. It’s time for change and I can do better.

For 10+ years I’ve volunteered in roles ranging from Room Parent to Foundation President at five PUSD schools and the district office. I understand how our schools work from the ground up.

PUSD Experience: Helped raise $1 million for students. Founding President, Willow Grove Educational Foundation and The D39C Collaborative; Foundation Director, Sunset Hills Elementary and Black Mountain Middle Schools; School Site Council Representative at three separate PUSD schools. Districtwide service: Community Budget Committee; Real Property Advisory Committee.

Personal: Married 20 years. Mother of teenagers attending Design39Campus and Del Norte High School. We value integrity, community service, and family dinners. Educated in California public schools. Bachelor’s degree, Social Science, UC Irvine. Professional experience: marketing, research, public affairs.

I offer the intelligent, competent, and respectful voice needed to move Poway Unified School District forward and return its focus to student learning and achievement.

Vote for Debra Cooper!

www.cooper4pusd.com

— October 21, 2016 The American Dream with Host Craig Sewing

Craig Sewing delves into issues facing the Poway Unified School District including budget contstraints and leadership challenges.

Educator/Military Officer
12,504 votes (9.73%)
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  • Hire new Superintendent
  • Restoring relations and confidence with PUSD stakeholders, including faculty, staff, parents, and students.
  • Take steps to start implementing a Computer Science curriculum from Pre-K through 12th grade.
Profession:Retired Military
Supply Corps Officer, U.S. Navy (20002016)
University of Southern California Marshall School of Business MBA (2011)
United States Naval Academy B.S., History (2000)
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POWAY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

JIMMY KARAM
AGE: 42
Educator and Retired Military

My family and I first moved to Poway Unified School District in 2007, and we have loved the schools here ever since.

I’m a retired military officer with over 20 years of proven leadership experience in Academic and Operational Administration, Budget and Financial Management, and Supply Chain Management.

I graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2000 and I earned an MBA from the University of Southern California in 2011.

I’ve spent the last three years at the United States Naval Academy serving as an Economics Instructor and the Economics Department Associate Chair. There I embraced my passion for leadership and education and I realized I did not want to stop serving.

I’m currently the Director of Operations at City Heights Prep Charter School. We are geared towards the needs of socio-economically disadvantaged students who are primarily English learners.

I am a proven leader with a strong background in business disciplines and a passion for leadership and education. In short it would be an honor to serve the Poway Unified School District community.

I bring solid business decisions-making skills, proven leadership experience, and integrity to the table.

I respectfully ask for your support and vote.

Email jimmy.e.karam@gmail.com
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Carol Ware

Community Volunteer
13,694 votes (10.66%)
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  • Putting Children First!
  • Fiscal Responsibility.
  • Working collaboratively with parents, teachers, and community leaders.
Profession:Community Volunteer
University of Phoenix Masters, Organizational Management (1996)
Point Loma Nazarene University Bachelor's of Arts, Business Administration (1990)
Board Member, Del Norte High School Foundation (2015current)
President, Oak Valley Middle School Foundation (2014current)
Board Member, 4S/Del Sur Community Foundation (2012current)
Board Member, Stone Ranch Elementary School (20092014)
  • San Diego Asian Americans for Equality
  • San Diego Republican Party
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POWAY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

CAROL WARE
President Oak Valley Falcon Foundation/ Board Member Del Norte High School Foundation/ Community Fundraiser

Children First! Meeting the needs of children in a fiscally responsible way is the key to ensuring educational excellence in the Poway Unified School District.

Community Volunteer: Helped raise over $700,000 for PUSD schools to enhance children’s educational experience by funding infrastructure improvements, impact teachers, classroom supplies, aides, physical education, technology in classrooms, art, music and language courses.

Family focused: Mother of 2 children currently attending PUSD schools, and married 20 years to a veteran, retired Lieutenant Colonel Marine Corps Judge.

Board of Directors experience: Served over a decade in PUSD on Foundation Boards of three schools as well as the 4S Ranch/Del Sur Community Foundation, and over 20 years experience in various 501(c)3 community organizations.

Education: Bachelor's in Business Administration and Master's in Organizational Management.

Business experience: over 25 years to include sales, finance, marketing and nonprofit fundraising.

Our children and our community deserve a Board that will work together as a team to ensure our teachers and administrations have the tools they need to achieve the results we expect.

Vote for proven leadership with fiscal responsibility and a focus on placing Children First.

Vote for Carol Ware for PUSD Board!

Retired Mechanical Engineer
7,213 votes (5.61%)
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  • restoring confidence in the integrity of the PUSD management team among the parents and students of the district.
  • managing the spending more prudently and eliminating the current $18,000,000 shortage
  • keeping necessary budget cuts as far from the classrooms as possible
Profession:retired mechanical engineer

I served on the PUSD Board back when the District's deservedly outstanding reputation was being built. The recent negative publicity is saddening and I want to put my 13 years of previous, well respected Board Member experience and conservative values to work to help get the District on the right track again.

I believe there is too much emphasis on test scores alone and too much teaching to the test. I firmly support a brisk vocational education program because of the good jobs available for the non-college bound students.

My engineering expertise was important in forming consensus on many budgetary issues during my previous tenure on this Board and will be in the future if elected.

During my previous PUSD Board tenure, I did not seek the endorsement of any special interest group, any union, or any other bargaining group and I do not do so now. I am not beholden to any special interest group nor have I made any comittments in order to obtain endorsement.

I do not believe that the voters want the unions on both sides of the table during salary negotiations. That is especially true since the district now faces an $18,000,000 deficit.

 

I believe that the voters are wise enough, intelligent enough and perceptive enough to make choices which will prove to be the right choices in this election and be in the best interests of the students of the PUSD. I don't believe they need to be told by the special interest groups for whom they must vote.

Your School Board needs new blood. It also needs an experienced, steady hand on the wheel. I offer that experienced, fiscally responsible steady hand.

I respectfully ask for you vote.

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[Candidates for this position had to pay a fee of $635 if they chose to present a 200-word statement in the sample ballot pamphlet.]

POWAY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

STAN RODKIN
Retired Mechanical Engineer

I served on the PUSD Board of Education back when the District’s deservedly outstanding reputation was being built. The recent negative publicity is saddening and not beneficial for students or teachers, although many dedicated teachers continue doing their usual good job of educating students.

I want to put my previous 13 years of board member experience and conservative values back to work to help get the District on the right track again.

Although spell check and other aids are available on the computer, some measure of academic rigor is still necessary. It is also necessary that students learn to think. There is too much pressure on overall test scores and too much teaching to the test.

I support vocational education for the good job opportunities.

My engineering expertise helped me build consensus on Board issues during my tenure and will be a valuable resource.

I will explore every possibility of overturning the toxic bond issue, although that may prove impossible.

Your School Board needs new blood. It also needs an experienced, steady hand on the wheel. I offer that experienced, fiscally responsible steady hand and I ask for your vote to help get the PUSD back on the right track.

Education/Military Advocate
7,289 votes (5.67%)
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  • Work tenaciously to close the achievement gap by broadening the Career Technical Program to provide academic programs for alternative learners.
  • Hire Superintendent with background in rebuilding our school district leadership into a cohesive unit working for all stakeholders’ interests. Managed budget shortfalls ensuring equality in academics & quality staffing.
  • Develop collaborative support with teachers and staff for innovative networking with our community business partners to enhance learning for students with the most modern technology. Building a stronger academic platform for real-world learning.
Profession:Educator/Military Advocate
BIOLA Bachelor of Science, Organizational Leadership (2009)
Palomar College Associate in Science, General Studies (2006)
President, Rancho Bernardo High School Parent Teacher Student Association (20142016)
Ombudsman-Education Advocate, Rancho Bernardo High School Parent Center (20132016)
Community Leader, Rancho Bernardo-Westwood Neighborhood (20062016)
Coordinator, RBCPC-Military Family Ministry (20062011)
Military Family Advocate, National Military Family Association (19892006)
  • Valerie Brown, RB United Director
  • Steve Barclay, Youth Ministry
  • Jeri Weinberg, Mortgage Broker, BofA
  • Terri Hunter, Realtor
  • Roger Wolfe, RB Neighborhood Watch Board member
  • Charles Sellers, PUSD School Board Trustee
  • Mary Wagner, Realtor
  • Catherine Hunt, College & Career Readiness Coordinator
  • Isabel Hess, Librarian
  • Beth Nidzieko, Retired-HP EER
  • Dianne White, Accountant
  • Tish Wussler, scientist
  • Carina Martin, Teacher
  • Steve Barclay, Youth Ministry
  • George Cooke, Realtor
  • Dr. Carol Saunders, retired pediatrician
1.
Funding to Schools

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools. What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?

Answer from Terry Norwood:

The Superintendent and School Board will need to inform stakeholders of the financial challenges and need for prudent budgeting while retaining our excellent school district.  Frugal spending and smart revenue building is paramount. Every aspect of the budget will need to be evaluated given our $18M deficit, CAB debt, and LCAP funding changes.  I believe we can continue to broaden educational resources by incorporating Parents as Partners & local businesses while staying innovative and excellent. 

1.
Plan of Action

What is the most significant challenge facing the Poway Unified School District, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?

Answer from Terry Norwood:

The largest obstacles facing our district are the looming CAB payments and mismanagement at the highest levels.  We need to hire a superintendent and elect school board leaders who can repair the recent damage done and rebuild our school district team into a cohesive unit working for all stakeholders interests.  We have highly educated and compassionate teachers with students who want to learn from them.  We have parents and a community that support them.  What we need is a Superintendent and Board of Education that is working together for the students, not their personal interests.

Poway Federation of Teachers Questionnaire

Summary

This paper describes my answers to the PFT which was followed up with an interview.  Submitted 8.26.2016.  Modified formatting to meet parameters of this platform.

Why are you interested in serving as a trustee for the PUSD School Board?

I want to work for students, parents, teachers, and our community safeguarding one of our most valuable assets.  As a 16 year resident of RB who has been active in the community and school district, I am a strong leader and advocate. I am a parent of two children who graduated from this school district. (2010 and 2015) 

 The Poway Unified School District is recognized as “high achieving”.  Give us three examples of what is positive in PUSD and three areas that we should strive to improve upon.  How do you suggest that we make those improvements?

 1-The dedication of all district teachers and staff to provide an excellent educational opportunity for students.

2-The diversity of cultures that attend our schools enhances students with a unique experience necessary for success in life.  It also indicates the acceptance of an inclusive society.

3-The parents desire to provide their children with an excellent well-rounded education. 

 

1- Hire a Superintendent that is qualified and has the temperament to implement effective leadership.

2- A budget that reflects frugal spending and smart revenue building.

3-Broaden Career Technical Education & Career Readiness. 

 I suggest we make these improvements by first telling the companies sending of candidates for the Superintendent position to improve their submissions.  Having the latest Superintendent leave in less than a week is ridiculous and disrespectful.  The Superintendent hired should see the financial challenges before our district and develop a budget to balance the needs of all affected individuals.  Third, utilize our fabulous parents and community to network services throughout the district.  Specifically partner with businesses to come into the schools and share their services/trade, not only to students but to parents. In essence, expand our Parents as Partners programs. 

 Some PUSD schools have the resources to offer more electives, programs, field trips, etc. than other schools.  How would you help ensure that all students in the district receive an equal educational experience?

 I would devise an advisory committee to review all of our schools.  Then, access if any of the current programs and techniques would benefit other schools in our district.  This is common sense and may already be in effect.  However this committee could be a partner to potentially new programs and engage our community to participate and offer innovative solutions. 

 Comment on your vision for complaint and conflict resolution.

 Every citizen in the district is an investor of education and therefore should be heard, however, they should be respectful to others.  Resolutions can more easily be accomplished with civility.  We may not always agree but we need to keep the focus on the needs of the students and the goals set by the district in order to maintain a fiscally healthy and robust educational system.

 Do you support Prop 55 (Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare/extends Prop 30)? Why or why not?

 I support Prop 55.  I believe the State should show more responsibility to support education.  I do not think it has supported education as much as it proposes to. 

 

Why do you feel the PFT should support your candidacy and what role should employee unions have in the District? 

 Employee unions should be part of the conversation with the Human Resources department about its hiring process and benefits package for union members. 

I want the PFT support for my campaign because teachers have the influence to develop our children into successful adults.  A teacher will be more effective when they are supported by the leadership of their district by this I mean Superintendent and School Board.  A team is only successful when the team works together.  I will be a team player.

 List the groups and individuals that have endorsed your campaign.  What other endorsements do you plan to seek and accept?

 I plan to continue accepting endorsements from individuals and organizations that believe in my work ethic and believe that I will be the voice for our school districts future.

 Here is my initial list of supporters:

Carina Martin, Pre-K Teacher

Mary Wagner, Realtor

Isabel Hess, Librarian

Bob Mott, Retired

Edith Mott, Retired

Steve Tutunjian, Retired

Valerie Brown

Roger Wolfe, RBNHW

Dayse Ekholm

Patrick Ekholm

John Norwood

Lauren Norwood

Sean Norwood

Paul Gilbert, Professor

Erin Gilbert

Eelia Henderscheid

Dale Hendersheid

Patricia Wussler, Scientist

Jill Weller

Mary Ann Pavilionis

Dianne White

Pat Jones

 

Ginger Rhodes

Westview High School Student Questionnaire

Summary

This paper describes my answers to the Westview High School Editor-in-Chief of The Nexxus, student newspaper. Submitted 10.16.2016.  Modified formatting to meet parameters of this platform.

WESTVIEW HIGH SCHOOL QUESTIONNAIRE

 How should PUSD direct funding?

 The Superintendent and School Board will need to inform stakeholders of the financial challenges and need for prudent budgeting while retaining our excellent school district.  Frugal spending and smart revenue building is paramount. Every aspect of the budget will need to be evaluated.  We can continue to broaden educational resources by incorporating Parents as Partners & local businesses staying innovative and excellent.

 What can the board do to improve learning in PUSD?

 

With effective leadership we can strengthen educational options for our students helping to close the achievement gap.  We should evaluate programs and techniques that would benefit other schools since there are PUSD schools offering electives, programs, and field trips that other PUSD schools cannot access.  Why not offer inner district webinars at minimum. Additionally, partner with businesses to share their services/trade, not only to students but to parents. In essence, broaden our Career Technical Program & Career Readiness with Parents as Partners as we show students fiscal responsibility.    I want to expand alternative path career opportunities for students that think in alternative ways verses mainstream learners. Success will happen with energetic solution-focused leadership.

 What are you looking for in PUSD’s next superintendent?

 I will select a superintendent who will rebuild our school district team into a cohesive unit working for all stakeholders’ interests.   A Superintendent who will work proactively with the Board of Education to tackle issues such as the looming CAB debt, budget shortfalls, and national and state education mandate implementations.  A business administrator with 5 years of experience as a Superintendent or Deputy Superintendent and a clear credential. A person with superb communication skills to interpret policies & regulations, who has keen supervisory skills, and can manage staffing adjustments. Someone who can manage education, law, finance, marketing, labor relations, & facilities management. Who can analyze data with student focus encouraging innovative instruction & equitable academics. Who can resolve issues with departments effectively & confidently. Compensation for this individual should be equivalent to another district with our same size and socio-economic. 

 How will we heal the divisiveness within the board and re-establish superintendent-board relationships?

 

 Healing the divisiveness within the board will happen when board members are elected that will work together for the overall PUSD educational system instead of special interests. This new board will need to hire a Superintendent that has all stakeholders’ interest in mind. I will solve the problem by working to restore transparency, collaboration, and integrity to the school board.  Providing oversight to district management will be my key role.  My specialty is organizational leadership.  I have reorganized businesses effectively while maintaining company values.  I have a respectful candid relationship with my peers and co-workers.  Informing our community about our financial challenges and the need for prudent budgeting, while retaining an excellent school district, is paramount to this job.  I will strengthen educational options for our students, ensure teachers and staff have resources and collaborative support, and safeguard our community’s investment for the future.  

 How does your background prepare you for a position as a board trustee?

 For over 20 years, I have been an advocate for families in the community.  I am able to think outside the box, unafraid to try new concepts, while focusing on the overall goal. With two children that graduated from this district, with very different educational needs, I saw firsthand the challenges in our district.  I assisted other families before helping develop the Parent Center at RBHS. As one of the ombudsmen of this center,  I helped families with specific concerns.  My ability to bring people together resulted in families and the student body bringing Grad Nite back on campus.  I have served as a School Site Council representative and District Advisory Committee representative.   I am also a member of the Foundation and the Friends of the Library.  Having established the motto of Staying Connected and a mission of helping families, I am dedicated to ensuring our district’s educational system is brought back to a standard of excellence.  Hosting focus groups and training peers about their rights and benefits has empowered more families with their children’s needs.  I will bring effective leadership and experienced oversight to our board of trustees.

 Why should we vote for you? 

 

I will support district leadership and staff while our district works through its challenges.  I have developed a Staying Connected motto and Parent Center where many community and district resources are shared.   I encouraged student ownership by incorporating their service activities into their education. Teachers and staff benefited from these applications as we fostered a supportive environment for them as well.  This can be done district-wide with our Parents as Partners and effective district leadership. We have highly educated and compassionate teachers with students who want to learn from them.  We have parents and a community that support them both.  We need nothing less than a person who has successfully and respectfully developed and built programs that work in our community.  Please vote Terry Norwood 4 PUSD School Board.

Poway Chamber of Commerce & GVCA Questionnaire

Summary

This paper describes my answers to the Poway Chamber of Commerce & GVCA which was followed up with a community forum.  Submitted 9.30.2016.  Modified formatting to meet parameters of this platform.

POWAY CHAMBER QUESTIONNAIRE

 1. Your personal/professional background (i.e. schools your children attended, community you live in, profession, etc.)(250 characters or less)

B.S. Organizational Leadership. 20 yr education/military advocate. Training/Management skills. Developed Military Family Ministry, Created RBHS Parent Center, Grad Nite Chair, RBHS PTSA President, 2 kids- Westwood, BHMS, RBHS.  Encouraged law suit against Palomar College.  Integrity=outspoken + solution-focused.

 2. Why are you seeking this office? (500 characters or less)

 Ensure every voice is represented-students, parents, teachers, staff, and the community-not personal interests. Ensure children receive a whole education.  Manage budget deficit w/prudent revenue building. Chose management w/qualifications. Provide transparency & integrity.  Strengthen parents’ engagement in children’s education, like I did at RBHS as PTSA President, as well as, encourage students taking ownership in their education, fostering supportive environment for teachers & staff.

 3. How have you been involved in the PUSD community? (250 characters or less)

From Box Tops for Education to PTSA President, I have stayed engaged in our schools throughout my children’s education.  At the BHMS Student Store I weekly sold items for the Associated Student Body.   While advocating for my two children’s education initially, one in special education and one in accelerated classes, I assisted other families before developing the Parent Center at Rancho Bernardo High School.  It provides resources for all families with two ombudsmen who assist families with specific concerns.  My ability to bring people together resulted in families and the student body bringing Grad Nite back on campus.  I have served RBHS as a School Site Council representative and District Advisory Committee representative.   I was also a member of the Foundation and the Friends of the Library.  Having established the motto of Staying Connected and a mission of helping families, I am dedicated to ensuring our district’s educational system is brought back to a standard of excellence. 

 4. What qualities and qualifications are most important in the next PUSD Superintendent? And what would be an appropriate compensation package? (500 characters or less)

 Clear credential & 2-5 yrs admin experience. Compensation of equivalent district. Avid to rebuild #TeamPUSD. Understand/Empathize w/stakeholders. Superb communication skills to interpret policies & regulations. Keen supervisory skills managing staffing adjustments. Manage education, law, finance, marketing, labor relations, & facilities management. Analyze data w/student focus encouraging innovative instruction & equitable academics. Resolve issues w/departments effectively & confidentially.

 5.  Schools in this district are still in need of capital improvements. How do you propose the district finance it? (250 characters or less)

 Inform stakeholders of financial challenges & need for prudent budgeting; retaining excellent school district. Frugal spending & smart revenue building is paramount. Broaden educational resources incorporating Parents as Partners & local businesses.

 6. What do you think the relationship between the School Board and the Superintendent should be? (500 characters or less)

School Board is oversight committee ensuring Superintendent manages policies set forth by stakeholders. Maintain respectful communication & candid relationship w/district. Ensure students/parents/teachers/staff have resources & collaborative support; including employee bargaining productivity discussing hiring practices & benefits. Safeguard community’s investment.

7. List your top priorities as a PUSD School Board Member: (250 characters or less)

Hire Superintendent w/integrity. Secure resources/collaborative support for teachers/staff.  Close achievement gap: hosting inner district field trips/webinars, providing seminars for parents/students about these unprecedented solutions.

 

 

 

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POWAY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

TERRY NORWOOD
AGE: 48
Educator/Military Family Advocate/PTSA Board Member/Parent

My husband and I have lived in Rancho Bernardo for 16 years and our two children graduated from PUSD. As recent PTSA President of RBHS, I worked to strengthen parents’ engagement in their children’s education, encouraged students to take ownership in their school, fostered a supportive environment for teachers, and voiced our community’sconcerns.

As your school board member, I will work to ensure every voice is heard – parents, teachers, students, and the community. Restore transparency, collaboration, accountability, and integrity; Create safe and supportive environments for students socially and physically, equipping them for learning; Make resources more available to parents, enhancing academic success and enriching family life; Ensure teachers have resources and collaborative support; Safeguard our community’s investment for the future.

As a respected community and education leader, I will work to provide the well-managed, fiscally responsible, and solution-focused school district PUSD deserves. I have worked for 20 years as a military family advocate and hold a B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Biola University.

I am passionate about strengthening families and our community, and look forward to Working for You on our PUSD school board. Thank you for your vote. Norwood4Schoolboard.com

Governing Board Member, Poway Unified School District
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  • My first priority is hiring a top notch superintendent and to include our community stakeholders in discussions about what attributes are important to them in a new superintendent.
  • I will continue to champion responsible governance and fiscal oversight in order to maximize the community’s funds that directly benefit our students.
  • My other priorities include: working to close the achievement gap; increasing online course offerings; improving anti-bullying programs; reintroducing middle school intramural sports; starting secondary schools later; and farm to table partnerships.
Profession:Poway Unified School District Governing Board Member
Governing Board Member, Poway Unified School District — Elected position (2012current)
Legislation Chair, Palomar Council PTSA — Appointed position (20072010)
CA School Boards Association Masters in Governance (MIG), School Board Governance (2016)
University of Maryland School of Law Juris Doctor with Honors (J.D.), Law (2003)

I am the only Board Member with a Masters in Governance from the California School Boards Association.  I have served as Board President and Board Representative to the Poway Chamber of Commerce; California Association of Large Suburban Schools; City of Poway Subcommittee; County Board of Education; and City of San Diego Subcommittee.  I have a proven record of accomplishments, including successfully advocating for lowered class sizes and increasing funding for – robotics, PE, visual and performing arts, counselors, libraries, career pathway programs and other student programs.

My driving force has always been about fighting for the next generation, whose rug has been pulled out from underneath them.  It is also my fundamental belief that public education is the foundation of Democracy in ensuring civically engaged and educated citizenry.  Public education also affords the best opportunity for leveling the playing field and providing upward mobility.

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POWAY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

KIMBERLEY BEATTY
AGE: 49

Governing Board Member – Poway Unified School District

In 2012, I was swept into office on a reform mandate. The toxic “Billion Dollar Bond” was a symptom of broader problems – failed leadership, financial mismanagement and lack of board oversight. As a tireless advocate for more funding for our students, I was appalled that our limited funds were being spent unwisely, with too much money going to costly outside consultants.

From Day One, I have championed responsible governance and fiscal oversight in order to maximize the community’s funds that directly benefit our students. I fought to implement competitive business practices and end decades of no-bid contracts.

Accomplishments: led new superintendent search, seeking highest levels of competence and integrity; lowered class sizes; increased funding for – robotics, PE, visual and performing arts, counselors, libraries, career pathway programs and other student programs.

Goals: close achievement gap; online classes; anti-bullying programs; middle school intramural sports; later secondary schools start time; and farm to table partnerships.

Education: B.A. & J.D. Only Board Member with a Masters in Governance.

Personal: Ned and I have been married for 25 years and live in Sabre Springs with our four children.

Please join me in continuing this fight for the next generation.

Re-elect Kimberley Beatty. The Community’s Voice! www.Beatty4PUSD.com

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POWAY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

NICK ANASTASOPOULOS
Restauranteur, Athens Market/Community Leader

My promise to you: I will put our children’s interest first.

Experience with community leadership and a non-bias fresh approach to the issues facing this district are qualities I bring. I was instrumental in implementing the “Character Counts” program to the district. I have served as RBHS foundation President, Grad-Nite Chairman, School site councilmember, and district budget committeeman.

Professionally, I own Athens Market Café in Carmel Mountain and know the need to operate within a budget. With proper guidance, I am convinced we can achieve a quality education to all students we serve.

As a community leader I have been President of Bernardo Heights HOA of over 3600 homes, RB Recreation council, and president or served on the board of numerous organizations.

I have been honored with the PTA Honorary Service Award, Boy Scouts “Good Scout of the Year”, RB Hall of Fame inductee, California State Small Business of the Year, PUSD Volunteer of the year, Soroptimist Business person of the year, and Philanthropy council volunteer of the year.

I strive for balance and unity and want to serve the Poway Unified School District community and uphold the reputation of our outstanding school district. 

Email nicka@nickforpowayschoolboard.com

News

PUSD candidates discuss perceived inequity, partisanship at forum — October 19, 2016 Pomerado News / San Diego Union-Tribune
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