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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Board MemberAlpine Union School DistrictNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

Alpine Union School DistrictBoard Member

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Retired Teacher
3,132 votes (23.56%)
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  • Smaller class size
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Safe schools
Profession:Retired Teacher
Instructional Designer/Curriculum Development, TIE Today, Inc. (2012current)
Member, Alpine Community Planning Group — Elected position (2004current)
San Diego State University California Administrative Credential, Education (2005)
National University MA, Education (2001)
National University California Teaching Credential, Social Studies (2001)
Westminster College BA, Political Science (1974)

Louis F. Russo

Louis Russo is a Quality Assurance Representative currently employed at Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, California.

Mr. Russo was born in New Castle, PA.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Westminster College and was commissioned an officer in the United States Marine Corps.  He attended The Basic School at MCB Quantico and underwent flight training at NAS Pensacola.  Upon obtaining his Naval Aviator wings he reported to Camp Pendleton, CA for duty as an AH-1 Aviator.

Over a twenty year career, Mr. Russo served in AH-1 fleet squadrons, aviation headquarters, infantry battalions, on the staffs of combat training units and retired as the Provost Marshal at MCAS Yuma, AZ.  His awards include two Meritorious Service Medals.

Upon his retirement, he obtained his Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate in both fixed and rotary-winged aircraft.  He flew corporate aircraft, including turboprop, jet and rotary-wing, and spent time in Saudi Arabia instructing Royal Saudi Navy aviators.

In 1999, Mr. Russo attended National University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Education and a California Teaching Credential.  Over the next ten years he taught high school social studies as well as coached track and cross country runners.  He also attended San Diego State University in San Diego, earning an Administrative Credential to be a high school principal and performed additional postgraduate work at the University of San Diego.

For the last 6 years he has been a U.S. Government Contractor providing curriculum development, instructional design and quality assurance for military courseware including courses for the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and Special Operations Command.

 

He currently lives in Alpine, CA, is married to a retired U.S. Army Reserve RN and has two children, including one at Grand Canyon University in Glendale, AZ.  He is an avid runner and cyclist.

  • The Republican Party of San Diego County
  • East County California Republican Assembly
  • The Salt and Light Council
  • Fraternal Order of Police San Diego Lodge #10
  • The Honorable Ron Nehring
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 Louis Russo:

Outreach to ALL stakeholders via meetings, newsletters and website.

1.
Plan of Action

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

Answer from Louis Russo:

Alpine Union School District has spent $1 Million in lawsuits, money that should have been spent in the classroom.  I will press to cease all legal cases to conserve these funds.

Putting Alpine’s kids first is my campaign slogan and heartfelt dedication.


Alpine is a beautiful community and like you, I consider our children to be most precious and deserving of all of our efforts. Alpine Union School District is in need of school board members who are willing and able to provide the schools our children deserve.
I will strive to obtain smaller class sizes, fiscal responsibility and safety.


As a retired teacher, I am acutely aware of the role class size plays in the quality of education our children receive and I will press for small size.


I will ensure we spend the money the taxpayers have provided in a fiscally responsible manner, in the classrooms. You provide tax money for our children and I will fight to have it spent directly on their needs.


Finally, Alpine and the world has changed since you and I attended school. Our community has grown, and with it, traffic. I am proud to have been the guiding force behind the lighted crosswalk at Alpine Elementary and the solar powered traffic signs at Joan McQueen. As a board member I will push for further safety enhancements, including a crosswalk for our middle school.

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ALPINE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

LOUIS RUSSO
AGE: 64
Retired Teacher

Putting Alpine’s kids first is my campaign slogan and heartfelt dedication.

Alpine is a beautiful community and like you, I consider our children to be most precious and deserving of all of our efforts. Alpine Union School District is in need of school board members who are willing and able to provide the schools our children deserve.

I will strive to obtain smaller class sizes, fiscal responsibility and safety.

As a retired teacher, I am acutely aware of the role class size plays in the quality of education our children receive and I will press for small size.

I will ensure we spend the money the taxpayers have provided in a fiscally responsible manner, in the classrooms. You provide tax money for our children and I will fight to have it spent directly on their needs.

Finally, Alpine and the world has changed since you and I attended school. Our community has grown, and with it, traffic. I am proud to have been the guiding force behind the lighted crosswalk at Alpine Elementary and the solar powered traffic signs at Joan McQueen. As a board member I will push for further safety enhancements, including a crosswalk for our middle school.

Email louisfrusso@gmail.com
Small Business Owner
3,156 votes (23.75%)Winning
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  • Provide the best possible learning environment for the children in our district.
  • Protect taxpayers by ensuring fiscal responsibility and balance budgets.
  • Improve communication between all stakeholders in our schools (Parents, Teachers, Administration).
Profession:Small Business Owner

I received my education in public schools here in Southern California.  I attended a small K-8 district and was fortunate to be a member of the second graduating class of a new high school.  I value the public education I received.  It laid the foundation for my higher education and career. 

My wife Sarah and I  moved to Alpine in 2009, purchased our first home, and are raising three children in this beautiful community.  Our twin girls, Reagan and Taylor, entered kindergarten this fall and we plan for our baby Henry to follow them into the Alpine Union School District four years from now. 

I have had the pleasure to serve on the Alpine Community Planning Group for almost seven years, and as Chairman for the past three.  Leaders in East County including Supervisor Dianne Jacob, State Assemblyman Brian Jones, El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells and Santee Mayor Randy Voepel have endorsed me for school board.  I have also been endorsed by the Lincoln Club of San Diego, Alpine Teachers, and Alpine Classified School Employees.

I am running for this position because I will bring energy, leadership, and new ideas to the board.  But mostly I am running because I believe our kids deserve the best possible K-12 education Alpine can offer.  Thank you for your vote.

  • Supervisor Dianne Jacob
  • State Assemblyman Brian Jones
  • El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells
  • The Lincoln Club of San Diego
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ALPINE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

TRAVIS LYON
AGE: 36
Small Business Owner

I received my education in public schools here in Southern California. I attended a small K-8 district and was fortunate to be a member of the second graduating class of a new high school. I value the public education I received. It laid the foundation for my higher education and career.

My wife Sarah and I met while attending UC Davis. We moved to Alpine in 2009, purchased our first home, and are raising three children in this beautiful community. Our twin girls, Reagan and Taylor, will enter kindergarten this fall and we plan for our baby Henry to follow them into the Alpine Union School District four years from now.

I have had the pleasure to serve you on the Alpine Community Planning Group for almost seven years, and as Chairman for the past three. Leaders in East County including Supervisor Dianne Jacob, State Assemblyman Brian Jones, and Mayors Bill Wells and Randy Voepel have endorsed me for school board.

I am running for this position because I will bring energy, leadership, and new ideas to the board. But mostly I am running because I believe our kids deserve the best possible K-12 education Alpine can offer. Thank you for your vote.

www.travislyon.com

Email travis.lyon@gmail.com
Governing Board Member, Alpine Union School District
3,904 votes (29.37%)Winning
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  • Keep our school districts budget balanced and always be proactive as to see pitfalls in the states future funding.
  • To bring a 21st century curriculum to our district so our children will be prepared for the challenges that they will face.
  • Provide professional devepment for all our teachers and staff so they might be better prepared for their duties while at school.
Profession:Small business owner 33 years, Alpine Union School Trustee 4 years
BOARD TRUSTEE, ALPINE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT — Elected position (2013current)
Honorary Co-Mayor of Alpine 2016, Alpine Mtn. Empire Chamber of Commerce (2016current)
Chamber of Commerce Director, Alpine Mtn. Empire Chamber of Commerce (2015current)

My wife Leslie and I moved to Alpine 17 years ago. We knew Alpine was a special place to live and our children, Taryn and Jacob, have benefited from the education received in Alpine schools. Four years ago, you elected me to serve on the Board of Alpine Union School District. It was a great honor, and I have made it one of my highest priorities to reward your trust.

The past four years have not been easy. But as a Board we have taken a district that was in the "red" and put it solidly in the "black". We have made the hard choices and have been rewarded with more innovative programs for our students, as demanded by the challanges of the 21st century; and we are proud of achieving better relations with our teachers and staff.

My experience as a small business owner for 33 years has given me useful skills in assessing the financial needs of our district, and the need to set proirities. Our children must always be the "TOP PRIORITY". I will always put our children first and be a good steward of your tax dollars.

I understand the challenges that parents,teachers and staff face on a daily basis-- my wife and I have faced them. I pledge to always keep an open mind and to stay objective. I will always carefully evaluate what will serve our children. I would be honored to have your vote again. Please call if you have any questions about my campaign. (619)659-8188

Sincerely,

Joe

  • County Supervisor Dianne Jacob
  • Senator Joel Anderson
  • Alpine Union School District Trustee President Glenn Dickie
  • Alpine Union School District Trustee Eric Wray
  • The San Diego Republican Party
  • The Lincoln Club of San Diego County
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 Joseph P. Perricone:

The law that this refers to is Local Control Funding Formula of LCFF. Our district has a LCAP Local Control and Accountability Plan which is reviewed annually and updated so that our parents and tax payers in our community understand the why, what and where of how the money of our district is given by the state is spent. Also the board with the superintendent review the programs at the end of each year to see if they are benefitting our kids and how to make them better.  

1.
Plan of Action

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

Answer from Joseph P. Perricone:

One of the biggest challenges that are district has is keeping pace with salaries that other districts give there employees. LCFF  has not been kind to our disrict as we don't have many english second learners or low performing children. Our challenge is how to attract quality teachers and staff as they retire when surrounding districts can pay more for their services. Our superintendent and the board are committed to do our best to attract great employees to our district dispite the funding challenges. 

My political philosophy is a simple one;

1.) Politics should have no place in a school board meeting its about the kids period.

2.) Do your homework on the issues at hand and listen carefully to whats presented.

3.) Be mindful of who you represent the parents,children and the tax payers.

4.) Keep an open mind it will always serve you well.

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ALPINE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

JOSEPH PERRICONE
Governing Board Member/Alpine

My name is Joseph Perricone and I am an Incumbent on the Alpine Union School District Board. My family and I have lived in Alpine for 17 years. I was honored to be elected to the Board 4 years ago, and have worked diligently since that time to ensure that the children of Alpine receive a quality education. I have been instrumental in developing a balanced budget for our district and, if elected, I promise to continue to strive to keep our District financially stable. I completed the Masters in Governance Training Program so I can continue to develop professionally as a Board Member for the benefit of our community. I am committed to being a productive community member and also currently serve as a Director on the Board of the local Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Board of PLAY (Park Land for Alpine Youth) Organization. I am proud to continue to support an Alpine High School for our community. My focus on the success of our youth has not changed and I ask for your vote to continue my efforts toward this goal.

Educator
1,937 votes (14.57%)
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  • To foster and support a stimulating learning environment for Alpine school children and an empowering work environment for teachers and school staff.
  • To inspire children to dare to dream boldly for the future and support their goals academically and socially.
  • To utilize the unique attributes and strengths of the community of Alpine in the creation of higher learning opportunities.
Profession:Educator
Educator, (Teaching Art, Spanish, Nutrition and Healthy Living), IES San Diego, Apine Union School District, Save Your World, KidsOrganics (2001current)
Mother; Community Empowerment Advocate, Self-Driven (1995current)
Circulation, Alpine Revitalization — Appointed position (20052012)
UCSD Bachelor of Arts, Focus on Child Psychology (1982)
Fairy Godmother--Distribution of Formal PromGowns for Underprivileged Girls, Soroptomists of La Mesa (2015current)
Fundraising, Marketing, Promotion, Food Distribution, Salvation Army, Alpine Food Bank (19892014)
Art Association Founder, Art Outreach, Event Facilitation, Artist Network, Alpine Artists Association (20052012)
Troop Leader , Girl Scouts USA, (20022010)

Do the best you can, with what you have, wherever you are for the benefit of all.

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ALPINE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

CAROLINA A. GOULD
Educator

My name is Nina Gould, and I’m seeking a position on the Alpine school board.

I am qualified for the position for the following reasons:

I am a native San Diegan, living in Alpine since 1992-that’s 23 years of Alpine; half of my life invested in our town.

Raising three amazing children, who attended each of the schools in Alpine, I am therefore familiar with each schools’ unique characteristics.

Graduating from UCSD, I delved into the financial industry, becoming a principle in Option Trading, where I focused on growing portfolios. After 9/11, I changed careers and began to teach grade- schoolers’ art, Spanish, and nutrition. My new focus was growing character.

In the community, I have been active in the PTSA’s, Girl Scouts, Alpine Revitalization, Alpine Circulation Committee, Alpine Food Bank, Mother’s Acting Up, the nascent creation of the Alpine Farmer’s Market and the Chamber of Commerce.

If elected, as a former financial professional, I will seek new ways to maximize our investments in our children, teachers, and schools and as a teacher, I will continue to inspire and educate, because, children, and their future, are my priorities.

My name is Nina Gould, and I ask for your vote.

— September 28, 2016 Nina Gould
Email NinaGould1@gmail.com
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Traffic Engineer
1,162 votes (8.74%)
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ALPINE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

JAMES J. "JIM" LUNDQUIST
Traffic Engineer

I was born, raised and educated in east county, with an AA from Grossmont College and a BA from SDSU. I raised three children in San Diego putting them through public schools. I’m a former President of the local railway museum in Campo and continue as a volunteer. Making a difference in my community is important to me. First-rate education of our children is essential, as is setting the curriculum locally. I pledge to continue our high standards in the Alpine schools. A new high school to serve our community is fundamentally important to all of us. I am firmly committed to seeing that Alpine High School becomes a reality. Alpine High will act as catalysis to bind together our community, offering opportunities to gather to watch sports, plays, musical events and a variety of other activities that a comprehensive high school can offer. We’ve been taxed and promised a high school for many years. For these reasons, plus the reduction in time and money spent for our students to be bussed elsewhere, I will continue to push for our high school. I ask for your support to make Alpine schools the best they can be.

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