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Trustee, Trustee Area 5 —Vista Unified School DistrictNovember 8, 2016 —California General Election

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November 8, 2016 —California General Election

Vista Unified School DistrictTrustee, Trustee Area 5

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Richard Alderson

Incumbent
6,184 votes (53.97%)Winning
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  • Ensuring that all children in the Vista District are making gains in academic achievement
  • Continue to ensure that our budget is balanced and meets the fiscal needs of our community
  • ensure that our aging infrastructure within the district is being repaired and replaced
Profession:Rich is a retired education with 38 years experience as a teacher and administrator.
Educational Consultant, Alderson Education Advocates (2008–2016)
Current president of the Vista School Board of Trustees, Vista Unified School District Board of Trustees — Elected position (2012–2016)
Earned my Master's Degree from the University of San Francisco I hold a master's degree in Educational Administration, Educational Administration (1981)
Assist students in the foster care system with school problems, San Diego County Foster Care System (2008–2016)
  • Democratic Party
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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 Richard Alderson:

The Local Control Funding Formula requires school districts to conduct open forums with the public to ensure public input into the development of the school budget. Vista has developed this public inptut process and has become a model within the state. Our Blue Print for Educational Excellence and Innovation is available on the district's website and each expenditure within the district can be viewed by the public. 

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Plan of Action

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

Answer from Richard Alderson:

Vista Unified has just celebrated its 100th Birthday and with that acknowledgement comes the realization that many of our schools are aging and in need of major repairs. The decline of our facilities is the bigget challenge facing the district at this time. With 21st Century facility needs, our greatest challenge is the repair of our schools. 

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Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

[Candidates for this position had to pay a fee of $190 if they chose to present a 200-word statement in the sample ballot pamphlet.]

VISTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member – Trustee Area No. 5

RICHARD ALDERSON
AGE: 69
Educational Consultant

As an experienced educator, I am again running for the Vista Unified School District Board of Trustees. As a board member for the past four years, I have helped move the school district from disarray to national prominence. In four short years, Vista has earned state and national recognition due in part to the solid leadership from the board level. I have overseen a balanced budget, improved educational performance by all students groups and labor peace highlighted by a two year contract with our teachers. These accomplishments are significant given the uncertain economic circumstances which have prevailed the past four years. As the economy improved, it required prudent fiscal management to maintain our goal of educational excellence while maintaining financial solvency. The board has also achieved specific educational goals which indicate growth by all student groups within the district. Most notable of these improvements occurred with our non-English speaking students. We have seen a steady increased in performance with the highest ever numbers of students becoming proficient in English. On November 8, please vote for Rich Alderson to continue the excellent progress Vista has made in the last four years.

Email aldersonenterprises@msn.com
Production Manager/Parent
5,275 votes (46.03%)
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  • Allowing parents to have more control over their children's education
  • Ensuring student safety while at school and during school functions
  • Eliminating the $103 million debate and maintaining fiscal discipline by staying within budget
Profession:Production Manager
  • San Diego County Republican Party
  • American Patriot Coalition PAC
  • Carl DeMaio
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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 Roland Bud Balmer:
  • As a Board Member I will ensure that the Vista Unified School District keep all budgetary items available for public viewing and scrutiny. The only way to measure our children's outcome is by their testing scores which was not all that terrific the last school year. We can not Fail Our Children by not providing them with Great Education for them to succeed now and in the Future.
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Plan of Action

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

Answer from Roland Bud Balmer:

With the School District reaching a milestone of being a century old this school year it has many old schools. Maintaining these schools is costly and there is a need to start replacing the buildings with new more modern building materials and techniques. The budget is tight but with a proper plan in place we can modernize our schools without needing a bond and without increasing property taxes.

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VISTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member – Trustee Area No. 5

ROLAND BUD BALMER
AGE: 47
Production Manger/Parent

As a father of an elementary age child I care deeply about the future of our school system. I like many other parents in the district desire to see our test scores improve, our best teachers earn higher salaries and our students achieve success at every level. Just like every family has to live within a household budget, I believe the district should also live within its means; this is why I strongly support fiscal discipline and strong stewardship of taxpayer money. I am not an experienced politician and will always put our children first. I currently work as a production manager for a local industrial coating company and my wife is a small business owner. I would be very honored and grateful to receive your vote!

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