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

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November 8, 2016California General Election

Encinitas Union Elementary School DistrictBoard Member

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PTA Financial Secretary
12,667 votes (23.51%)
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  • Fiscal Integrity - I am committed to ensuring that taxpayer dollars go first to core academic areas, including science, math, reading, writing, PE and music, and to reduce class size.
  • Accountability - I will be accountable to Encinitas Union School District families and taxpayers, listening and being responsive to parents' and community members' voices. I will never forget I work for you.
  • Transparency - I will ensure that school board meeting agendas include thorough information and documents so you can know all the details that inform the board's actions.
Profession:PTA Financial Secretary
PTA Financial Secretary, PTA — Elected position (2015current)
School Site Council, El Camino Creek Elementary — Elected position (2015current)
PTA VP of Legislation, PTA — Elected position (20132015)
School Site Council, El Camino Creek Elementary — Elected position (20092011)
Cornell University Masters of Public Administration (1996)
Cornell University Masters of Industrial and Labor Relations (1996)

As your Encinitas Union School Board member, I will protect our children's education. Committed to fiscal integrity, I will ensure taxpayer dollars go to core academic areas, including science, math, reading, writing, PE and music, and to reducing class size.

 

I will be accountable to district families and be responsive to parents’ and community members’ voices.

 

I will lead the board to greater transparency, ensuring board meeting agendas include thorough information and documents so the public can know all details that inform the board’s actions. I will uphold all provisions of the Brown Act.

 

My husband, Matt, and I have lived in the Encinitas/Carlsbad area for thirteen years. We have four children who are educated in the Encinitas Union School District.

 

I have served on the PTA Board as Financial Secretary and Vice President of Legislation (two years each), on the School Site Council (four years), and am a regular classroom and art education volunteer.

 

I earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science and certified as a secondary public school teacher. I received a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Industrial and Labor Relations, both from Cornell University. My work experience is in Human Resource Management for a Fortune 500 company.

 

www.AKPingreeforSchoolBoard.com

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[Candidates for this position had to pay a fee of $330 if they chose to present a 200-word statement in the sample ballot pamphlet.]

ENCINITAS UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

ANNE-KATHERINE PINGREE
PTA Financial Secretary

As your Encinitas Union School Board member, I will protect our children's education. Committed to fiscal integrity, I will ensure taxpayer dollars go to core academic areas, including science, math, reading, writing and technology, and to reducing class size.

I will be accountable to district families and be responsive to parents’ and community members’ voices.

I will lead the board to greater transparency, ensuring board meeting agendas include thorough information and documents so the public can know all details that inform the board’s actions. I will uphold all provisions of the Brown Act.

My husband, Matt, and I have lived in the Encinitas/Carlsbad area for thirteen years. We have four children who are educated in the Encinitas Union School District.

I have served on the PTA Board as Financial Secretary and Vice President of Legislation (two years each), on the School Site Council (four years) and am a regular classroom and art education volunteer.

I earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science and certified as a secondary public school teacher. I received Masters degrees from Cornell University in Industrial & Labor Relations and in Public Administration. My work experience is in Human Resource Management for a Fortune 500 company.

www.AKPingreeforSchoolBoard.com

Parent/Businesswoman
13,818 votes (25.65%)Winning
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  • Fiscal Integrity - I am committed to ensuring taxpayer dollars to to core acacemic areas including STEM, reading, writing, art and physical education, to reduce class size and resotre special education teaching positions.
  • Accountability - I will be accountable to Encinitas Union School District families, listening and being responsive to parent and community members' voices. I will never forget I work for you.
  • Transparency - I will demand that school board meetings and documentation be publically broadcast so that you can know all details that inform the board's actions. I will insist this board uphold all provisions of the Brown Act.
Profession:Parent / Business Woman
University of Arizona Bachelors Degree, Interdisciplnary Studies: Business, Communication and French (1992)
Elected Parent Representative, School Site Council, Flora Vista Elementary School, Encinitas Union (2016current)
Elected Parent Representative, Encinitas Educational Foundation, Flora Vista Elementary School, Encinitas Union (2015current)

My family and I have lived in Encinitas since 1998. My husband Roger and I have two children in the Encinitas School District, one in 6th grade and the other in 3rd.  My husband and I have been engaged parents in our school community, with recreational sports leagues and with the YMCA Indian guides program.  Because of both of our involvement, I have an excellent perspective on what is happening in our district, in the classrooms and with our kids firsthand.

 

After earning an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Communications, I worked for 13 years in the private sector and have been a small business owner for the past eight years.

 

I am also active in community service, volunteering for Camp Pendleton family services and with the YMCA’s homeless youth street outreach program in coastal north county San Diego.

 

I am running for Encinitas Union school board because I am committed to three areas of reform to improve our children’s education and future success: fiscal integrity, accountability and transparency. 

 

Fiscal Integrity: I promise to spend our scarce education dollars on fundamental, necessary curricula impacting important areas such as STEM and the critical support of special education teachers.

 

Accountability: I will listen and respond to parent and community concerns about all matters. I will work for you.

 

Transparency: I promise to ensure the public has access to important information and documents for timely inspection, as the Brown Act requires, and fully comply with the spirit of open meeting laws.

 

www.SchneiderForSchools.com

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  • Kristin Gaspar, City of Encinitas Mayor
  • Assemblymember Rocky Chavez
  • Senator Pat Bates
  • Maureen "Mo" Muir, Trustee San Dieguito Union High School Board
  • Mark Muir, City of Encinitas Councilmember
  • Matt Hall, City of Carlsbad Mayor
  • The Lincoln Club of San Diego
  • Association of Builders and Contractors
  • San Diego Republican Party
  • Mark Wyland, Former Senator
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 Leslie Schneider:

For most people, school funding is a topic that is difficult to understand.  This is made even more so by the fact that many school districts are poorly managed and parents are relied upon to provide funding for areas that districts are expected to cover.  This is certainly the case in Encinitas Union School District. 

In Encinitas Union, we have a budget of approximately $50 million for our 9 elementary schools and we are a basic aid district receiving almost no state funding and only about 9% in federal funding.  Although we do not have a district wide math or science curriculum, our district superintendent and elected board continue to fund extracurriculars like yoga for $400k per year, a farm to grow tomatoes for $480k per year and millions of dollars on iPads for all 5300 students that are replaced every 2 years. 

Although required by law, Encinitas Union School District does not engage with our community in educational workshops or robust feedback sessions about how our schools are funded and how outcomes are measured.  

Transparency in funding and decision making is a major concern for our community and in fact, our board and superintendent have been caught violating transparency laws (the Brown Act) several times in just the past couple years.  Our district has also earned the Golden Fleece award from the San Diego Taxpayers Association for its exceedingly poor management of taxpayer funds in the sale of a former school site to our very own city for 3 times its appraised value thereby sticking us with the bill.  In addition, our school district was rated one of the least transparent districts in all of San Diego County for its poor access to documentation on management of the $44 million in bond dollars from Prop P passed in 2010. 

If elected to the board, I would insist on robust educational workshops for the community on how our schools are funded.  I would encourage feedback and questions from the community and also provide explicit information on performance goals and outcomes for the public.  I would advocate for all public board meetings to be live broadcast online and archived on the district website so that all members of our community could have access to issues and the decision making process our board is engaged with.  Working parents, parents with small children at home and seniors are often unable to attend board meetings and live broadcasting these meetings would allow these concerned citizens to be engaged with their local elected school board.  I would have an open door policy to all community members and would work to be their voice. 

 

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Plan of Action

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

Answer from Leslie Schneider:

EUSD has a significant challenge with our community due to a lack of transparency, poor fiscal integrity and a refusal to be accountable to the public they serve. 

 

Transparency in funding and decision making is a major concern for our community.  One of our board’s violations of the California transparency law known as the Brown Act, was reported by several press outlets and detailed a board retreat in Palm Springs costing taxpayers over $10,000.  It was discovered that this retreat included happy hours in the superintendent’s hotel suite and extravagant dinners out, all paid for by our school district.  In addition, the board also conducted formal business which they later had to reverse when they were found to have been in violation of the Brown Act which requires that all school board business be conducted in public.  If elected to the board, I would insist that all public board meetings be live broadcasted online and all meeting materials be available for inspection prior to every meeting.  In addition, I would have an open door policy to all constituents to make sure they know their voices are being heard.

 

Regarding fiscal integrity, parents raise close to $2 million/year to fund programs that are in fact core curriculum such as PE, art, music and lab science.  Encinitas Union does not have a district adopted math or science curriculum but our board spends $400k per year on yoga and funds our district “farm” for $480k per year.  Board spending priorities do not match parent priorities or provide for the full and robust academic needs of our children.  As a board member, I would reallocate those dollars to fully fund the academic needs of our children first and would work to lower class sizes by hiring additional general and special education teachers and aides.

 

Teachers are also unhappy with the over insistence of the use of learning apps in the classrooms over student/teacher face time.   Teachers complain that our district monitors how much time they are using learning apps in their classrooms and will ask them to increase screen time for the kids.   At the same time, parents are concerned about limiting screen time for children as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  When parent concerns are brought to the board, they are routinely dismissed.

 

If elected to the board, I would represent the parent voice of our community.  Currently, the school board has no elected parents on the board.  Two of our current board members have been on the school board for over twenty years.   Elected bodies should be comprised of individuals who can genuinely represent the various stakeholder perspectives of that community.  Without roots within the communities they serve, elected officials can easily avoid accountability and we have seen this with our current school board.

 

Our children deserve better and I would be honored to fight for their interests on our school board.

 

I am a conservative policy advocate who believes in fiscal responsibility and a government who plays a subordinate role to individuals and private industry.

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[Candidates for this position had to pay a fee of $330 if they chose to present a 200-word statement in the sample ballot pamphlet.]

ENCINITAS UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

LESLIE SCHNEIDER
Parent/Businesswoman

I am running for school board because I am committed to three areas of reform to improve our children’s education and future success: fiscal integrity, accountability and transparency.

Fiscal Integrity: I promise to spend our scarce education dollars on fundamental, necessary curricula impacting important areas such as STEM and the critical support of special education teachers.

Accountability: I will listen and respond to parent and community concerns about all matters. I will work for you.

Transparency: I promise to ensure the public has access to important information and documents for timely inspection, as the Brown Act requires, and fully comply with the spirit of open meeting laws.

My family and I have lived in Encinitas since 1998. My husband Roger and I have two children in the Encinitas School District, so I have seen what is happening in our schools firsthand.

After earning an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Communications, I worked for 13 years in the private sector and have been a small business owner for the past eight years.

I am active in community service, volunteering for Camp Pendleton family services and with the YMCA’s homeless youth outreach.

www.SchneiderForSchools.com

Email schneiderforschools@gmail.com
PTA President
14,104 votes (26.18%)Winning
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  • Educate the whole child and prepare students for an ever-changing, technological and globalized world.
  • Ensure the diverse needs of all students are addressed, including high achievers, those with special needs and English language learners.
  • Support efficient spending for effective and innovative programs.
Profession:Accounting Manager and PTA President
Accounting Manager, Amber Family Partnership (2001current)
Co-Founder, Community Action Lithuania (2002current)
Member, Prop AA Citizens Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2015current)
President, PTA at Ocean Knoll Elementary — Elected position (2015current)
Vice Chair, EUSD Prop P Citizens Oversight Committee — Appointed position (20112016)
Member, Prop P Citizens Oversight Committee — Appointed position (20102016)
Management Analyst, City of Solana Beach (20062009)
Executive Director, Help Change a Life (20032004)
Management Analyst, KPMG Consulting (19992001)
University of Southern California Master's in Public Administration, Government Accounting and Financial Management (2007)
University of Virginia BA , Environmental Sciences (1995)
  • San Diego County Democratic Party
  • Run Women Run
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Teachers of Encinitas
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 Rimga Viskanta:

Communicating information effectively can be a challenge especially when parents are busy and already inundated with school and District information.  It is important to use multiple channels to engage parents in the manner they prefer.  Some methods currently used and which I would continue using are: communicating via social media posts; the website; flyers; parent forums; and attending PTA meetings at the various school sites.  The EUSD plan is readily available and I will do what I can to ensure parents and interested community members know that this is the case.

1.
Plan of Action

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

Answer from Rimga Viskanta:

 

I believe the District must ensure the sustainability of its various innovative programs.  Our students consistently rank at the top when comparing standardized test scores across the County and State.  But in addition to our classroom teachers who do a stellar job teaching the core curriculum, this year the District has committed support for the enrichment teachers at the nine school sites who were previously funded entirely by parent dollars.  All these programs do not replace the learning done in the child’s primary classroom, but the enrichment teachers and enrichment classes do add value to our students’ learning experience.  I want to make sure the District can continue to support the enrichment programs into the future. 

 

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[Candidates for this position had to pay a fee of $330 if they chose to present a 200-word statement in the sample ballot pamphlet.]

ENCINITAS UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

RIMGA A. VISKANTA
AGE: 42
PTA President at Ocean Knoll Elementary/Accounting Manager

As a PTA President in the Encinitas Union School District, Rimga hears about issues important to students and parents and she advocates on their behalf. She knows parents want the District to support a rigorous, well-rounded and innovative educational experience.

She is determined that the diverse needs of all students are addressed, including high achievers, special-needs and English language learners, so that every child makes the most of his or her abilities.

Rimga knows the issues important to taxpayers. She served as Vice Chair for the Encinitas Union School District Prop P Oversight Committee and serves on the San Dieguito Union High School District Prop AA Oversight Committee. She knows taxpayers want their dollars spent prudently and in the manner promised.

Rimga is an accounting manager for their family real estate investment and management business. She has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, with an emphasis in public sector accounting and financial management.

As a Management Analyst with KPMG Consulting, she analyzed government operations and made recommendations to make them more efficient. Her undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia equips her to understand sustainability issues in the District.

Vote for experience, commitment and leadership. Elect Rimga Viskanta to the Encinitas Union School District Board.

www.voteforviskanta.com

Appointed Incumbent
13,281 votes (24.65%)
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  • Supporting our award-winning schools and innovative programs
  • Hiring and supporting stellar teachers and staff
  • Demanding fiscal transparency and balanced budgets that put students' needs first
Profession:Appointed incumbent, educator, nonprofit leader
Trustee, Encinitas Union School District (2015current)
Principal & Founder, Community Investment Strategies (2003current)
Lecturer (Tenured), University of California, San Diego (2005current)
Trustee, Encinitas Union School District — Appointed position (2015current)
Interim Director of Policy, Partnerships, and Program Evaluation, Blue Star Families (20152016)
Associate Vice President, Community Partnerships, The San Diego Foundation (19982003)
American University MA, International Affairs (1994)
UCLA BA, Political Science (1989)
  • Teachers of Encinitas
  • All Four Current Encinitas School Board Members
  • San Diego County Democratic Party
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 Patricia S. Sinay:

Last year our district held 20 parent engagement sessions, four were facilitated by the Board and focused on updating parents on our Local Control and Accountability Plan and two were focused on getting input from families on the next year's LCAP. In addition, we presented at our District-level English Learner Advisory Committee meetings.  Though all parents were invited, these sessions were not as well attended as we had hoped.  In the coming year, we will use more on-line tools as well as face-to-face opportunities to seek feedback.

1.
Plan of Action

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

Answer from Patricia S. Sinay:

Over the past several years, our teachers have been very busy learning and implementing the new California Math and English Language Arts Standards.  From our most recent state test scores, we can see that the teachers have been successful in educating our students on the new curriculum.  We now are required to implement the Next Generation Science Standards.  Teachers have always been engaging students in science and now they have an opportunity to do so in a new way.  As with the other new standards, the district will need to assure that teachers are well trained in the curriculum and have the resources they need to assure student achievement. Because learning does not mirror the way we were taught (which is a good thing), the district will also need to inform families and the larger community on the best ways they can help our students succeed in science.

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ENCINITAS UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT
Governing Board Member

PATRICIA S. SINAY
Appointed Incumbent/ Educator/ Nonprofit Advisor

A proven leader, Patricia Sinay has served on the Encinitas Union School District Board of Trustees since January 2015. Patricia Sinay supports outstanding public education for all students of Encinitas and south Carlsbad. During her board tenure with Encinitas Union School District, the district has repeatedly been recognized for its academic achievements and innovative programs.

Patricia Sinay is a reliable steward of taxpayers’ assets making budget decisions that are fiscally prudent while putting students first. Her commitment is to ensure that our schools provide a learning environment that is safe and focused on quality education while inviting to all families and the community.

A renowned nonprofit expert, Patricia Sinay has taught at UCSD for over 10 years and through her consulting business she has advised hundreds of staff and board leaders on strategic planning, governance, fiscal responsibility, and program development. Patricia Sinay currently serves on the executive staff for Blue Star Families.

Patricia Sinay and her husband have been active parent leaders at Paul Ecke Central where their two children thrive. She has degrees from UCLA and American University. She cares deeply about each student in the district and is passionate that they all receive a quality and engaging education.

Re-elect Patricia S. Sinay for Encinitas Unions School District Board!

www.ReElectSinay.com

News

EUSD Board candidate: Rimga Viskanta — October 10, 2016 Encinitas Advocate
EUSD Board Candidate: Patricia S. Sinay — October 10, 2016 Encinitas Advocate
EUSD Board candidate: Leslie Schneider — October 10, 2016 Encinitas Advocate
EUSD Board candidate: Anne-Katherine Pingree — October 10, 2016 Encinitas Advocate

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