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Board MemberSan Dieguito Union High School DistrictNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

San Dieguito Union High School DistrictBoard Member

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Education Advocate/Attorney
18,950 votes (15.12%)
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  • 21st Century Skills: We need to update our electives and vocational options to ensure that they help all students to improve their postsecondary outcomes.
  • Reduction of dependency on parent fundraising: Our district claims we have had million dollar surpluses and high reserves yet our parents continue to pay for school essentials such as materials, computers, electives and courses. This needs to stop.
  • Reinstatement of class size maximums: We currently have no class size maximum in our teachers contract and too many classes in the 40's. We need to protect our class sizes.
Profession:Attorney, former Small Businesswoman and Parent of a child in the district
Co-Founder, Steps4Kids, LLC (Educational Supports) (20052014)
Appellate Attorney, S.P.E.C.T.R.E (Producer Kevin McClory, James Bond Copyright Issues) (20012004)
Chief of Staff for Supreme Court Justice Castille, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (19931998)
Trial Attorney, Reed Smith Shaw & McClay (19911993)
Prosecutor, Philadelphia District Attorney's Office (19891991)
University of Pittsburgh Juris Doctorate (J.D.) (1988)
U.C.L.A. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science (1983)
Coach, Miracle League of San Diego (2016current)
Volunteer Advocate, Educational Supports for Economically Disadvantaged Families and those with Special Needs children (2004current)
Volunteer, San Dieguito Union High School District - Pool Feasibility Committee (2015current)
Volunteer, San Dieguito Special Education Forum (2016current)

As a parent of a child in the district, I am running because over the years we have felt the impact of board decisions and believe it is time for a fresh perspective.  Our board does not have term limits so I hope to have the opportunity to contribute my skills as an attorney, education advocate, and small businesswoman to help guide the district for the next four years.

I have been involved with the educational sector for over 10 years as a volunteer and educational advocate, working with staff and parents to resolve complicated school issues ranging from educational management of medically fragile students, to the design of parallel curriculum to support classrooms and improve outcomes. I have been twice recognized by a regional 14 public school district consortium for “excellence” in supporting students and have also been awarded a Congressional Order of Merit.  Prior to my work as an education advocate, I was a trial and appellate attorney that handled multi-million dollar entertainment copyright issues (e.g. rights to James Bond films), complex international fraud matters and criminal trials.  

I have been a southern Carlsbad resident since 1999 with my husband of 26 years, and twin boys, now in high school.  I co-found a local business that specialized in the design of award winning educational tools distributed internationally to support curriculum and early developmental skills.  Awards have included “Classroom Media of the Year,” “Top Videos for Students,” all-star recognition by the Kids First! Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, Parent’s Choice Foundation Award, and special recognition from the School Library Journal, to name a few.  I have been been featured on the Balancing Act (airing on the Lifetime Channel), NBC San Diego and other media for my work in education.  I was also selected as a writer for Examiner.com on special education issues for half a decade exploring issues such as literacy, postsecondary options, and legislative developments. 



I am dedicated to the public school system and have volunteered to support the local public schools for almost 14 years.  I currently serve on the San Dieguito District pool feasibility committee and the district’s special education forum.  I also served as an interim parent liaison to the athletic foundation at my son’s school and created webpages for the local high school aquatic teams.  I currently coach for the San Diego Miracle League in North County.

Prior to my sons’ entry into the San Dieguito District, I was an active volunteer with the Encinitas Union High School District where I served on the district's Futuring Committee and Tech Committee, and was appointed by the administration to serve as the district’s representative to a regional 14 school district consortium: the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education (NCCSE). I also served on the Executive Board for NCCSE, the PTA Board, Red Ribbon Committee and Reflections Art Committee. 

Other volunteer efforts included being a lead volunteer P.E. instructor for ECC, a volunteer for the school’s Arts Attack program (3 years), classroom parent, Jog-a-Thon fundraiser, and lunch duty volunteer.  I also helped create the district’s Abilities Awareness and Acceptance program and parent information pamphlet for new parents entering the district. 

Before moving to Carlsbad, I served as a trial attorney for the law firm of Reed Smith Shaw & McClay and also served as a prosecutor for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where I prosecuted cases involving child abuse and juvenile related crimes.  I also served in the appellate division where I handled criminal appeals involving high profile cases and was appointed to the federally assisted state trials unit that collaborated with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to prosecute narcotic related criminal activity.  I also served as the chief of staff for a supreme court justice, later chief justice, on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.  While working in Philadelphia, I volunteered for Philadelphia City Sail, an educational nonprofit that provided science, math, and vocational instruction to socioeconomically disadvantaged high school youth and was ultimately appointed to the board before moving to the Carlsbad area.

We have a strong district supported by committed parents, dedicated students and devoted teachers, but there are some areas overdue for change.  My experience and unique background will help me guide the district to make sure we continue the good work while keeping up with our changing demographics and technological needs to serve the needs of all students. I am committed to collaboratively supporting not only the district’s students, but also the district’s programs, staff and school board. 



 

  • North County Leadership Council
  • Seaside Courier
  • Gayle Gillies (Former Board President and Trustee, Rancho Santa Fe School District Board)
  • Carl DeMaio (former San Diego City Council)
  • Maureen "Mo" Muir (School Board, San Dieguito Union High School District)
  • T.J. Zane (School Board Trustee, Poway Unified School Board)
  • Mark Muir, City Council for the City of Encinitas and Retired Police Chief
  • Steven McDowell (School Board, Former President and Trustee, Del Mar Union School District)
  • Kristin Gaspar (Mayor of Encinitas)
  • North County Leadership Council
  • Republican Party of San Diego
  • Frank DeLattre (President-Vycon)
  • Brian Lynch (Sr. VP, General Counsel and Secretary, Callaway Golf)
  • Lisa Montes (Solana Beach Community Leader)
  • Nancy N. Frank (Teacher, Retired)
  • Julie Law-Cheeseman (San Dieguito CAC Rep for North Coastal Consortium for Special Ed)
  • Stephanie Rubino (Executive Board Member and EUSD CAC Rep., North Coastal Consortium for Special Ed)
  • Joanne Stress (San Dieguito CAC Rep for North Coastal Consortium for Special Ed)
  • Chloe Belle Hooton (Harvard College, Student)
  • Courtney Hooton (Investment Banker, Deutsche Bank)
  • Claude Hooton (President and COO of StatRad)
  • Dr. Veronica Naudin Rejto (Parent of former SDUHSD/SDA student)
  • David Marr, VP and Legal Counsel, Qualcomm (Parent of SDUHSD student)
  • Alicia Cashman (Board Member for LCC's Maverick Athletic Boosters, former PTA Board/VP)
  • Steven and Sheri Spector (Parents of two student, Carmel Valley)
  • Jennifer Thomas (Chief Accounting Officer, Callaway Golf Co.)
  • Craig and Meredith Garner (Attorney/Parent, Rancho Santa Fe)
  • Ron Irick (Sr. Counsel, Panasonic Avionics Corporation and High School Parent)
  • Mark Leposky (Sr. VP, Gobal Operations, Callaway Golf Company)
  • Chip Brewer (CEO, Callaway Golf and High School Parent)
  • Mike Rider, Middle School Parent
  • Scott DeNike (General Counsel, Seirus Innovation)
  • Mason Matthies, Parent
  • Sarah Neill, CDR, MSC, USN (Retired)
  • Laura Makings, SDUHSD Parent and LCC Volunteer
  • Mary Starita, SDUHSD Parent (Carlsbad)
  • Katrina DeLattre, Parent/Homemaker
  • Moira Goddard, Business Manager/SDUHSD Parent Volunteer
  • Michelle Hooton, Parent
  • Steve McCracken, Attorney
  • Sue Waggener, Retired Attorney
  • Janine Nakama, Broadcast Producer/Writer
  • Douglas Nakama, Former Deputy Fire Chief of San Diego
  • Rob Porter, SDUHSD Parent and Business Owner
  • Libby Frank (Founding Co-Chair of the RSF Women's Fund, former Board Member of the RSF Garden Club
  • Joanne Warren
  • Sioux and Dick Colbourne (RSF)
  • Scott Ross, SDUHSD Parent
  • Carol Ross, SDUHSD Parent (former Board Member LCC Foundation, Grants Committee and Maverick Academic Boosters)
  • Amy Flicker, SDUHSD Parent
  • Mary Backer, SDUHSD Parent
  • Sophy Chaffee, SDUHSD Parent
  • Karin Barrows, SDUHSD Parent (Torrey Pines)
  • Dr. Randy Barrows, SDUHSD Parent (Torrey Pines)
  • Lisa Kushnir-Ansonoff
  • Elizabeth Hooton (Administration and Univ. of Pennsylvania graduate)
  • Ellen Orton Montanari (Solana Beach)
  • Rachel Fink, Parent
  • Helen Davidson Corkran (former counseling secretary at Torrey Pines High School and parent)
  • May Marr, CA Credentialed Teacher
  • Kathy McElhinney (RSF)
  • Fred Port (Former President, Callaway International)
  • Dave Backer (SDUHSD Parent)
  • Melanie Menell Landers (SDUHSD Parent)
  • Gayle Gillies-Mize (Former Board Member, RSF)
  • Melissa Collins-Porter, SDUHSD Parent/Assoc. Faculty, Mira Costa Community College/Producer "Aging Out" Documentary
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 Lucile Hooton Lynch:

Transparency is the key to accountability and success.  To help the public understand the LCFF/LCAP funding plan and outcomes, I would:

  • Have a website dedicated to this funding scheme with links to helpful powerpoints, .pdf and other informational tools in English and other languages;
  • Have a breakdown of the funding, updated monthly, in a table format with specifics so that the public can have access to the spending of the district, the specified purpose of the expenditure, how the use was monitored to ensure it was used for the purpose identified, and the measurement used to determine if it improved student achievement;
  • circulate a newletter to the subgroups for which the supplemental funding was allocated and identify in each newsletter (in the preferred language of the family/ies) the specific program, needs being addressed, performance indicators and measurements used to measure student success, whether the target was met and, if not, what will be done differently.  
  • host bi-monthly budget informational meetings to help the public understand the budget decisions of the board and to provide input in an informal meeting/setting.
1.
Plan of Action

What is the most significant challenge facing the San Dieguito Union High School District, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?

Answer from Lucile Hooton Lynch:

We have many great programs and projects underway that I hope to continue if elected.  However change is needed in the following areas:

1.  Return of class size maximums to prevent our classes from going into the mid 40's like many of our high school classes currently do.  
California already has some of the highest class sizes in the nation.  The Master Contract 2015-18 approved by the incumbents eliminated this provision.  Maximum pupil/teacher ratios are an important provision to protect not only class sizes but also the opportunity for student/teacher engagement.  The CA Teachers position is that "small class sizes are key to improving student learning" and that small class sizes "particularly in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, allows for the optimum development of a student's potential and ensure individual attention to each student."  

Solution: We have a new teachers contract up for negotiation in 2017, and I hope to work with all parties to return this important provision to the contract.

2.  Reduction of dependency on parent funding during times of district surpluses and high reserves.  Our high school foundations and organizations raise thousands of dollars each year to pay for school items because, in the past, there was insufficient district funding to meet all the needs at each school site.  But now,  even though the district has reported surpluses for the last four years, a $4 million surplus this past year, and the "highest ever" reserves (savings), parents are still expected to fundraise thousands of dollars.  Even with this significant surplus of $4 million claimed this past September, the board  approved a district budget that reduced the allocation for supplies and materials by $2.2 million from the prior year, a sum which equals approximately $200K per school.  

Our public high school foundations now have approximately $1 million budgets and our parents raise money annually to pay for  books and materials, tutoring, technology support, classroom computers and software, sheet music, lab equipment and even help to fund classes at the school sites. 

Solution: I would like to put together a district committee of foundation presidents, site council reps, administrators and department heads to identify a list of prioritized funding areas and work collaboratively to identify the district's responsibilities so that when funding is available, the parents are not asked to fund these areas.

3. Improving student outcomes and workability.

Our district has approximately 12,700 students.  Roughly 30% of our students fall into the categories of "socioeconomically disadvantaged," "students with disabilities," "Hispanic or Latino," and "English Learners."    A significant number of our students in these categories have performed below state averages for years.

Solution:  We need to better identify and implement best practices, map out more detailed targets and performance indicators, and frequently monitor our programs to determine if the interventions are working.   

 

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Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

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SAN DIEGUITO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

LUCILE HOOTON LYNCH
Businesswoman/Attorney/Parent

A change in leadership is needed to end the destructive divisiveness plaguing our board.

Disagreements have erupted regarding the teacher’s contract because of the elimination of ratio maximums designed to protect classroom sizes for teachers and students, and the omission of caps on raises to balance the teachers’ needs for overdue raises with the board’s need to protect the district’s long-term financial stability. A board member with collaborative legal and business skills can help resolve disagreements regarding contracts as well as other issues facing this district such as historically underperforming student populations and lack of board transparency. We need off-site access to board meetings, departmental budget presentations, a wider array of electives and more educational tracks to better serve the needs of our community.

I have received awards for supporting students from a regional 14-public school district consortium, as well as a Congressional Order of Merit. I have served on public school committees in this and other districts, on educational boards that serve socioeconomically disadvantaged students and special education, and the local PTA Board for El Camino Creek Elementary. As a businesswoman, attorney and parent of high school students, I am committed to collaboratively and independently supporting our district.

Business Executive
9,236 votes (7.37%)
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  • Avoiding partisan politics at the school board level
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Bringing fresh, innovative ideas to the district
Profession:Business Executive
Business representative, Independent Citizens Oversight Committee, Prop AA — Appointed position (2015current)
Chairman & CEO, SupraMed, Inc (20142016)
President & CEO, nliven systems (20112013)
Chairman, Extrabux (20092013)
At-large member, Del Mar Mesa Planning Board — Elected position (20042010)
COO, TARGUSinfo (20082009)
President & CEO, Claritas (19992007)
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania MBA, Finance (current)
Boston College BA, Economics (current)
Volunteer (court appointed special advocate), Voices for Children (2012current)
Co-founder and executive committee member, Tech San Diego (2015current)
Entrepreneur in Residence, CONNECT Springboard (20072015)
Chair, board of advisors, SME CONNECT (20122015)
Board member (president for two of four years), Canyon Crest Academy Foundation (20082012)
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SAN DIEGUITO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

ROBERT A. NASCENZI
Business Executive

Our children. Their future.

If elected, I will be a pragmatic voice of reason. I will work collaboratively with educators, parents, and administrators to continue a tradition of excellence. I want all students to have the same educational opportunities that my four boys enjoyed – all graduates of the SDUHSD system.

I have consistently been committed to SDUHSD, serving as a member of the CCA Foundation for four years, and as president for two. I was also the endorsement chair for Prop AA, and currently serve on the proposition’s Independent Citizens Oversight Committee.

In these positions, I brought to bear my business experience and fiscal responsibility honed by serving as CEO of various corporations such as National Decision Systems, Claritas, nliven systems, Extrabux, and SupraMed. I received a BA from Boston College and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. I am a graduate of the San Diego Public Leadership Institute and completed the San Diego County Taxpayer Association’s Pension Certification Program.

My commitment to public service also includes acting as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children; elected member, Del Mar Mesa Planning Board; Entrepreneur in Residence, CONNECT; and Executive Committee member, Tech San Diego.

Email nascenziforschoolboard@gmail.com
Lawyer/Businessman/Professor
17,653 votes (14.09%)
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  • Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Balanced Budgets
  • Ensure that Teacher's have Amply Supply Budgets Without Having to Burden Parents
  • Engage in Long Range Strategic Planning that Places the Needs of Students First
Profession:Lawyer, Businessman and Professor
Partner and Co-Founder, Sorrento Valley Law Group (2016current)
Senior Advisor and General Counsel, Mesa Verde Ventures (2006current)
Adjunct Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law (2000current)
Partner, Ventac Partners (2016current)
Alternate Member, County of San Diego Republican Party Central Committee — Appointed position (2012current)
Public Member, Del Mar Union Elementary School Parent-Teacher Advisory Council — Appointed position (20132013)
Central Committee Member, County of San Diego Republican Party Central Committee — Elected position (20102012)
Member, Rancho Bernardo Community Council — Elected position (20042006)
University of San Diego School of Business MBA, Business Administration (2015)
Yale Law School JD, Law (1990)
Pembroke College, Oxofrd University M.Litt, Politics/Regulation (Rhodes Scholar) (1987)
Cornell University BA, Political Economy (1984)
Board Member, Alma Life Sciences Foundation (2016current)
President and Board Member, San Diego Chapter of the Republican National Lawyers Association (2013current)
Board Member, San Diego Chapter of the Federalist Society (2014current)
Board Member and Executive Committee Member, Vice President, Programs, San Diego Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (20102015)
Member, LEAD San Diego (20002001)

I am a corporate lawyer, life science enrepreneur and adjunct professor of law and business.  

I am also a First Generation Professional who is from the Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal Region whose father was a coal miner and whose mother worked in a dress factory.  My mother was a member of the Inernational Ladies Garment Workers Union.

I was a three sport athlete in public high school (baseball, football and wrestling), I have a second dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do Karate, a take yoga, lift weights and road bike.  

I have been married to my wife Rachel for 30 years, I have a daughter Harriet (24) and another daughter Emma (21).  My wife is from Wales in the United Kingdom and we married when I was at Oxford.   

I was the Student Athlete of the Year in my high school, a Presidental Scholar at Cornell and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.  At Oxofrd, I played rugby and rowed.  I then returned to the US and received a law degree from Yale where I was the Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal.  I then clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas.

After Texas, I returned to the UK and worked on a doctoral thesis in politics that I put on hold when we had our first child and then I returned to the US and worked for a law firm in NY.  I then moved to Pittsburgh to be closer to my family when my parents health deteriorated and work for a law firm.  I then moved to San Diego and have been here for 20 years working for two law firms and then as the general couonsel to three public life science companies and one group of US and Chinese private life science companies based in Hangzhou China and San Diego.

i currently own my own law firm, work as a general counsel to a venture fund and also am an adjunct professor of law at a local law school.

  • Michael Mueller
  • John Salazar, San Dieguito Union School Board
  • Sam Abed, Mayor City of Escondido
  • Joel Anderson, CA State Senator
  • Bill Baber, La Mesa City Council
  • TJ Zane, Poway Unified School Board
  • Mark Muir, Encinitas City Council
  • Maureen "Mo" Muir, San Dieguito Union School Board
  • Mark Powell, San Diego County Board of Education
  • Mark Kersey, Councilman, City of San Diego
  • Kristin Gaspar, Mayor of the City of Encinitas
  • Kevin Faulconer, Mayor City of San Diego
  • James Kelly, Grossmont High School Board
  • San Diego County Republican Party
  • Lynnette Williams
  • Mark Wyland, Former State Senator, Candidate of San Diego County Board of Education
  • Carl DeMaio, Former City Councilman City of San Diego
  • Gary Felien, Former City Councilman, City of Oceanside
  • Leslie Schneider, Candidate, Encinitas School Board
  • Anne-Katherine Pingree, Candidate Encintas School Board
  • Phil Graham, Candidate, Encinitas City Council
  • Ron Nehring, Former Grossmont School Board Member
  • Victor Graham, Candidate San Marcos Unified School District
  • Barry Jantz
  • Sage Naumann
  • Matt Stockton
  • Ken Gosselin, Esq.
  • Craig Candalor, Esq.
  • Richard Baily
  • Eric Andersen
  • Brian Brady
  • Brian Lynch, Esq.
  • Barrett Tetlow
  • Steve Quinn
  • Ruth Weiss
  • Ryan Darby, Esq.
  • Jeannie Foulkrod
  • Andrew Skale, Esq.
  • John Staley, Esq.
  • Fred Kosmo, Esq.
  • Lincoln Pickard
  • Dustin Steiner
  • Scott Hansen
  • Leo DeMeo
  • Francis Barazza, Esq.
  • Scott Reiker
  • Claire Reiss
  • Jeremy Evans, Esq.
  • Ronson Shamoun, Esq.
  • Andre Castillo
  • Julio DeGuzman
  • Arkan Somo
  • Joseph Bologna
  • Tim Hilligher
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 Randy Berholtz:

The Local Control Funding Formula (the "Formul") and the LCAP that is required by the Formula guides how the San Dieguito Union School District (the "District') will develop educational goals and allocate resources to the Districts' schools.  It is essential that the District's Board seeks input from all of the important players in the school system meaning its students, parents, educators and administrators.  

Transparency is a key to the entire process and parents and the stakeholders understand the finances of the District and how they are spend.  In addition, it is important to use the LCAP to establish District student achievement priorities and then allocate its resources effectively to maximize student results.

Over reliance on the input of any certain group of stakeholders may be detrimental to the efficient allocation of the District's resources to efficiently achieve the maximization of its student achievement priorities.

1.
Plan of Action

What is the most significant challenge facing the San Dieguito Union High School District, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?

Answer from Randy Berholtz:

The most important issue facing the San Dieguito Union High School District is that the current Board majority has agreed to a teachers union contract that the District cannot afford and that has clauses that will cause the district to further deplete its reserves and also may lead to a deficit in the next few years.

The Board majority has done so at the same time that it cut the teachers school supply budget significantly and thus many teachers are left having continuously to ask students and parents to pay for their own classroom supplies.

The Board majority cannot be a mere rubber stamp to the teachers unions but must work with them along with the other District stakeholders:  students, parents, administrators, elected officials and tax payers to approve contracts that are fair to all parties involved, that do not result in deficit spending, do not increase classroom size and that are tied to teacher performance.

The Board majority must also create a long-range strategic plan that seeks to place the District in a position to continue as one of the best schools in the nation.  If it does not reign in such extravagant contracts and out of touch budgets, it will be very difficult for the District to maintain its competitive edge.

I was originally a Democrat and worked on the Clinton campaign.  I was previously a conservative labor Democrat and then switched parties to become a Republican when I felt that the Democratic Party was going in a more extreme liberal direction.

I have been a Republican for over 22 years and am a fiscal conservative, but I have a strong love and appreciation for teachers because my wife is a languages teacher and my youngest daughter is studying to be a teacher.  I have also taught in law and business school for over 16 years ad taught law school in China for three summers.

I believe that a school district needs to live within its means and balance the needs equally of the district's students, parents, teachers, administrators and taxpayers.  

I don't like to be bullied, by unions or anyone.  I support the underdog as I grew up with a stutter and was from a poor family.  I believe there is greatnes in everyone and that it is the job of parents, teachers and our schools to discosver and nurture that greatness in every student.

Fiscal Responsibility is the Key to a Successful San Dieguito Board

Summary

The San Dieguito Union School Board needs to have three main goals:

1.  It needs a comprehensive long range plan that considers equally the goals and needs of the Districts' students, parents, teachers, administrators and taxpayers;

2.  It needs a fiscally responisble approach to the budget that lowers class room student size and increases student achievement; and

3.  It needs to stop pandering to the needs of unions and needs to take a blanced approach that is student centric but still balances our needs to hire and retain quality teachers and administrators.

SDUHSD Needs a Fiscally-Responsible Board with a Shared Strategic Vision

In this election year I am concerned about the San Dieguito High School District’s board leadership. I believe that the district needs a strong board that has a shared strategic vision to maintain the district’s high standards of educational excellence into the next decade and a balanced, fiscally conservative budgetary and administrative approach to ensure that all resources are used efficiently.

Currently the board, in a 3-2 split decision, approved a budget that may compromise the fiscal solvency of the district in future years. Additionally, they have not developed a proactive strategic plan that has received the proper input and buy-in from all important stakeholders, including taxpayers, parents, students, administrators, and teachers.  This plan needs to be developed in an independent and collaborative manner, that is not beholden to any special interests of any one group such as the teacher’s unions.  

 I am very concerned that the district leadership has been fiscally irresponsible by approving a new teachers’ contract that allowed for a 5.5 percent retroactive pay increase with a 7.5 percent annual raise thereafter that includes such outlandish clauses as one that increases pay if any other local district in the area increases their pay with no tie to student performance. Budget projections show that the contract may result in future district deficits. This budget may even allow for increasing the average class size to 38 students. This budget is not only fiscally irresponsible, but risks the great student performance that San Dieguito schools are known for. 

    The district deserves a fiscally conservative and responsible budget with no deficit spending that will put the health, well-being and performance of our students as our number 1 priority.

    The San Dieguto board majority must stop pandering to excessive and uncompetitive demands of its unions and start adopting the same conservative fiscal and administrative policies that our students' families, businesses and future employers must adhere to.

Randy Berholtz

Del Mar Highlands

 

    

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Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

[Candidates for this position had to pay a fee of $620 if they chose to present a 200-word statement in the sample ballot pamphlet.]

SAN DIEGUITO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

RANDY BERHOLTZ
Lawyer/Businessman/Professor

I am running for this position because I believe I can bring an independent and experienced voice to the Board of Trustees. I am married with two daughters, one who has graduated college and the other who is a college junior and I am a corporate attorney and small business owner.

I am married to a teacher, my youngest daughter is studying to become a teacher and I have taught as an Adjunct Professor at two local law and business schools.

I believe in academic, athletic and artistic excellence and will do my best to ensure that each student in the district has an equal opportunity to pursue their dreams. I grew up very poor in Pennsylvania, was a three-sport athlete and became a Rhodes Scholar with BA/JD/M.Litt./MBA degrees from Cornell, Yale, Oxford and USD.

I have previously served as a coach to my daughters’ soccer and basketball teams, helped one of my daughters develop a singing career and worked with my wife to ensure that our children’s’ schools were providing them the educational foundations they needed to become bright, happy and successful students and working professionals.

President, San Dieguito Union High School District
40,339 votes (32.2%)Winning
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  • Preserve and develop the cooperative partnership between students, teachers, parents, community, and administration that has proven to produce achievement and success, building upon the academic excellence that has been the standard in our District.
  • Maintain our healthy reserves while budgeting for the responsible allocation of valuable and limited funds available to the District.. This includes voter-approved construction and improvements of campuses and strengthening student support services.
  • Reducing the achievement gap by promoting access for all students to programs spanning the educational spectrum from support classes to honors courses, to arts and music, technical, and occupational coursework thus preparing students to succeed.
Profession:President, Board of Trustees, San Dieguito Union HIgh School District
President, San Dieguito Union High School District Board of Trustees — Elected position (2004current)
Human Resources Consultant, TechnoCom Corporation (19972004)
California Polytechnic University, Pomona Bachelor of Science , Business Administration with emphasis in Human Resources (current)

I have extensive experience representing educational concerns. I am currently serving as President of the SDUHSD Board, a position designated by my fellow board members. I was also elected by all of the San Diego County region school boards to be a Regional School Board Delegate, bringing a voice for all students and our district to the state level. Previous community volunteer work includes  positions up to and including President in PTA, Booster and Foundation representation, advocating with our legislators, and serving on a non-profit preschool advisory board.

My Bachelor degree in Business Administration, Human Resources and Personnel background and my commitment to this district are part of what makes me uniquely suited to this position.

I have twelve years of experience working with the academic, legal, personnel, and legislative aspects of running a quality school district, and will dedicate my time, energy experience and problem-solving skills to our students and District.

 

 

  • DeDe Alpert, California State Senator, retired
  • Leslie Fausset, former Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Marla Strich, Trustee, Encinitas Union School District
  • Dave Roberts, County Board of Supervisors
  • Marti Berg Ritto, Trustee, Rancho Santa Fe School District
  • Kristin Gibson, Trustee, Del Mar Union School District
  • Julie Union, Trustee, Solana Beach Union School District
  • Carol Skiljan, Trustee, Encinitas Union School District
  • Emily Andrade, Trustee, Encinitas Union School District
  • Rick Shea, President, San Diego County Board of Education
  • Amy Herman, Trustee, San Dieguito Union High School District
  • California School Employees Association
  • San Dieguito Faculty Association
  • Eric Hall, former Associate Superintendent of Business Services, San Dieguito Union HIgh School District
  • Arline Paa
  • Susan Hartley, former Trustee, San Diego Coutny Office of Education and San Dieguito UHSD
  • Jodi & Rusty Wallis
  • Dawn Chang
  • Marybeth Norgren & Per Cederstav
  • Roberta Miller
  • Jane Stro
  • Barbara & John Healy
  • Cindy Skeber
  • Jacqueline Winterer
  • Jeannette Landis
  • Tasha Boerner Horvath
  • Joyce Bassett
  • Paul Henkart
  • Mike & Nan Criqui
  • Steven & Kaya Young
  • Loyd Wright
  • Ann F. Welton
  • Jon and Christine Vanderpool
  • Samantha Thacker
  • Karent Thomson
  • Barbara Swovelin
  • Nancy Scott
  • Bette Schulken
  • Candice Rolfsmeyer
  • Leslie O'Leary
  • Jenny Oehler
  • Hedieh NaraghiSmythe
  • Barbara Myers
  • James & Kathleen McClellan
  • Lucienne McCauley
  • Anni Mallison
  • Jill MacDonald
  • Susan Lesan
  • Dorothy Knox
  • Laurie Carlson-Killebrew
  • Martha King
  • Michelle Horsley
  • Dr. Antoinette Hood
  • Cindy Honselaar
  • Joan Heathcote
  • Simeon and Barbara Greenstein
  • Darryl Hall
  • Tom Golich
  • Pat Freeman
  • Elizabeth Forney
  • Drs. Fran & Bill Fenical
  • Mary and Bill Farrell
  • John Farrell
  • AnneMarie Ebeling
  • Lisa Ebner
  • Hilary Crain
  • Caroline Brown
  • Dan Aposhian
  • Michael Booz
  • Susan Atkinson
  • Angie & Andrew Allen
  • John Addleman
  • Leslie Saldana, Executive Director, San Dieguito Academy
  • Brad Shoen,VP Prop AA Independent Citizens Oversight Committee
  • MaryLou Schultz, former Trustee, San Dieguito Union High School District
  • Bill Cox, former Trustee, San Dieguito Union High School District
  • Marilyn Pugh, former Principal
  • Leslie Mauerman, Lecturing Professor, Special Education CSUSM School of Education
  • Jim Esterbrooks, Media Specialist, CIF San Diego Section
  • Shannon Kuder, former Encinitas Union School District Trustee
  • Rimga Viskanta, President, PTA, Ocean Knoll Elementary School
  • Deanna Rich, former San Dieguito Union High School District Board of Trustees
  • Nancy Giberson, former Assistant Superintendent, San Diego County Board of Education
  • Peggy Lynch, former Superintendent, San Dieguito Union High School District
  • Ken Noah, Superintendent, former San Dieguito Union High School District
  • Bill & Barbara Berrier, former Superintendent, San Dieguito Union High School District
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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 Beth Hergesheimer:

School funding and finance are complicated topics, and misinformation and misunderstandings abound.  I will continue to encourage discussion of our budget revenue and expenses, as well as our LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan) in our public workshops and meetings, and through the sharing of access to district documents online. T 

 

 

Our budget is discussed and re-visited several times each year. We have budget workshops, make budgeting suggestions and help staff understand our priorities, then discuss and approve our proposed budget, multiple interim budgets, our year-end un-audited actual budget, and finally the audited actual budget.

 

 

A major goal of LCFF (Local Control Funding Formula) was to simplify how state funding is provided to local schools, but funding can still be determined by more than one formula, and not all dollars are available for spending on whatever the local district chooses. Although separate revenue is no longer received for many “categorical programs” for targeted services, there are still supplemental, concentration, and block grants, as well as “add-ons’ and “allowances.  Locally, state funding formulas have created a reality where all of our feeder elementary districts have receive as much as $5200 more per student than San Dieguito (2015/16), even though educating middle and high school students costs more than an elementary education does. Our district has done great things with the dollars it receives!

 

 

Our district has developed, adopted and updated our LCAP in a timely manner with input from parties ranging from our ELAC (English Language Advisory Committee) to over 1200 responses from district families to our online survey on the topic. Our LCAP contains desired outcomes with specific, measurable goals that will be used to determine whether a successful result has been achieved. We have participated in regional and state discussions to help simplify the required reporting of these plans, as the length of the reports (hundreds of pages each) makes them hard to present to the public in a truly transparent and readily understandable manner. I would like to see a readable document of 10 pages or less become the standard.

 

All students deserve an excellent education whether they are college bound or entering the workplace. 

My priorities have always been to advocate for all students, create opportunities for learning and academic excellence, and ensure accountability. I strive to work collaboratively with board members, students, parents, staff and community partners.

I am particularly proud of the way our district came through the last economic downturn, able to avoid cuts to our programs or school year and maintain healthy reserves. I am also pleased with what we are currently accomplishing through the voter-approved Prop AA Bond work. I would like to see these projects through to completion.

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Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

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SAN DIEGUITO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

BETH HERGESHEIMER
President, San Dieguito Union High School District

I am a committed leader and Trustee for the San Dieguito Union High School District. I believe in keeping our schools strong.

My number one priority has always been academic excellence and finding ways to enhance learning opportunities. By strengthening student support services, offering our students school and schedule choice, supporting our exceptional teachers, and reaching the lowest class sizes in the past decade, we have seen continuous improvement in student achievement, while preparing all of our students to become successful, skilled, and productive citizens.

I have extensive experience representing educational concerns. I have earned the California School Board Association’s Masters in Governance certification, and have served in leadership roles as a Trustee at local, regional and state levels, within the PTA, and on non-profit Preschool Boards. I will listen to all concerns, and encourage improved communication among students, parents, teachers, and community participants.

I brought us successfully through the last economic cycle, and support fiscally responsible, nonpartisan, collaborative efforts to develop and sustain quality programs and resources while maintaining sufficient reserves. I will continue to provide oversight of voter approved Prop AA funds to complete projects on time and within budget.

Beth Hergesheimer: Experience and Commitment. Working Responsibly for our students and community.

Email re.elect.beth.hergesheimer@gmail.com
Trustee, San Dieguito Union High School District
39,116 votes (31.22%)Winning
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  • Ensure the best education possible for each and every student
  • Diligently monitor the allocation of limited funds available to our District
  • Provide ever increasing choices and opportunities for all learning styles
Profession:Trustee, San Dieguito Union High School District
Trustee, San Dieguito Union High School District — Elected position (1996current)
Cornell University; Columbia University B.S.; M.A., child psychology; curriculum development (not availa)
Columbia University M.A., curriculum development (not availa)
Cornell University B.S., child psychology (not availa)
Cornell University BS , Child Development (not availa)
Columbia University MA, Curriculum (not availa)
  • San Dieguito Union High School District Teacher's Association
  • California School Employees Association
  • San Diego Democratic Party
  • Julie Union
  • Kristen Gibson
  • Carol Skiljan
  • MaryLou Schultz
  • Bill Cox
  • Dee Rich
  • Amy Herman
  • Ken Noah, former Superintendent, SDUHSD
  • Bill Berrier, former Superintendent SDUHSD
  • Rick Schmitt, former Superintendent, SDUHSD
  • Rick Shea, San Diego County Board of Education
  • Dave Roberts, County Board of Supervisors
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Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

[Candidates for this position had to pay a fee of $620 if they chose to present a 200-word statement in the sample ballot pamphlet.]

SAN DIEGUITO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

JOYCE DALESSANDRO
Trustee, San Dieguito Union High School District

Commitment to Excellence: As a member of San Dieguito Union High School District’s Board of Trustees my focus has been to ensure the highest quality education for every student. Our schools have a well-deserved reputation for excellence, one that must constantly evolve with thoughtful planning.

Experienced Leadership: I have a proven record of commitment to education in our community. I have championed the opening of new schools and modernization of existing facilities. My support for our community partnerships, academies, open honors classes, flexible start times and schools of choice place San Dieguito at the cutting edge of scholastic distinction and innovation.

A Voice for All Students: My energetic dedication, passion for education, and positive attitude propel me to consistently participate in a myriad of activities at each of our ten campuses. By regularly visiting classrooms, attending school events and assisting with projects, I interact with students, parents and teachers and observe our programs in action. I work hard to make our outstanding schools even better. I renew my commitment to meeting the needs of all students, district-wide, while maintaining fiscal responsibility.

Qualified: I was educated at Cornell University (BS, Child Psychology) and Columbia University (MA, Curriculum Development). My husband and I have two daughters, proud graduates of district schools.

News

SDUHSD Board candidate: Beth Hergesheimer — October 17, 2016 Encinitas Advocate
SDUHSD Board candidate: Bob Nascenzi — October 17, 2016 Encinitas Advocate
SDUHSD Board candidate: Lucile Lynch — October 17, 2016 Encinitas Advocate
SDUHSD Board candidate: Joyce Dalessandro — October 17, 2016 Encinitas Advocate
SDUHSD Board candidate: Randy Berholtz — October 17, 2016 Encinitas Advocate
Five people file for SDUHSD election — August 26, 2016 Coast News
SDUHSD board faces contested election in November — August 18, 2016 Del Mar Times

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