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Board MemberRedondo Beach Unified School DistrictMarch 7, 2017Local Elections

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March 7, 2017Local Elections

Redondo Beach Unified School DistrictBoard Member

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About this office

Members establish educational goals and standards, approve curricula and the district?۪s budget, approve various purchases and renovations, and appoint the superintendent of schools.
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Incumbent
8,166 votes (26.97%)Winning
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  • School Safety
  • Financial Strength
  • Student Achievement
Profession:Registered Professional Civil Engineer
Senior Executive Lead, Supply Chain Optimization, Port of Long Beach (2015current)
Board Member, Board of Education, Redondo Beach Unified School District — Elected position (20132017)
Voting Member, Railroad Shippers Transportation Advisory Council, U.S. Surface Transportation Board, Washington, D.C. — Appointed position (2013current)
Deputy Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles (20062015)
Member, Bond Oversight Committee, Measure "C", Redondo Beach Unified School District — Appointed position (20092013)
Vice President, Parsons Transportation Group (19972006)
Harvard Kennedy School of Government Certificate of Executive Education, Senior Executives in State and Local Government (2012)
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Civil Engineering (1976)
Former Scoutmaster, Troop Committee Chair, and current Asst. Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America (1989current)
Soccer Referee, AYSO, Region 17 (2005current)

 

MICHAEL R. CHRISTENSEN, P.E.

 

 

 

Current Elected Position (Part-Time):

 

Member of the Board of Education, Redondo Beach Unified School District

 

Full-Time Professional Position:

 

Senior Executive for Supply Chain Optimization, Port of Long Beach, California

 

 

 

          Michael Christensen is an elected member of the Board of Education of the Redondo Beach Unified School District, having been elected in March, 2013.  He served as Vice President of the Board April 2014 through April 2015 and as President April 2015 through April 2016.  Michael is also engaged in governmental advocacy in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C.  Prior to his election to the Board of Education Michael served two terms (four years) on the Measure “C” Bond Oversight Committee, helping oversee the District’s highly successful $125 school bond measure.

 

Michael’s full-time position is Senior Executive for Supply Chain Optimization for the Port of Long Beach, California, reporting directly to Chief Executive Jon Slangerup. He was named to the newly created position in February 2015 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners and is responsible for working collaboratively with Harbor Department staff and industry stakeholders to find new ways to increase communication and cooperation among the links of the supply chain to enhance cargo flow.

 

          Mr. Christensen is a transportation professional with more than 40 years of experience in both public- and private-sector planning, goods movement, operations, governmental affairs and project management on a wide variety of transportation projects.  Most recently he was second in command as Deputy Executive Director at the neighboring Port of Los Angeles and head of their Development Bureau where he oversaw the Engineering, Environmental, Goods Movement and Construction Divisions; managed the Board of Harbor Commissioners’ office; and was liaison with numerous outside transportation and governmental agencies.  While at the Port of Los Angeles, teams under his leadership delivered over $1 Billion in capital improvements on-time and on-budget; completed seven comprehensive capital project environmental reviews; began construction of the Port’s first automated container terminal; secured over $200 million in transportation project grant funding; established the Port’s Energy Management Action Plan; and helped launch a ground-breaking port community mitigation trust fund.

 

          Before joining the Port of Los Angeles in 2006, Mr. Christensen served as Vice President at Parsons Transportation Group in Irvine, California, where he was responsible for a broad range of local, regional and national goods movement, planning, port and rail projects.  During his time at Parsons he also served as construction joint venture Deputy Project Manager for the highly-successful Alameda Corridor Mid-Corridor Trench Design-Build Project.  Previous to his Parsons assignments, he served as Vice President and Managing Principal for Nolte and Associates and as President of Summit/Lynch Consulting Engineers, both transportation consulting firms in Walnut Creek, California.

 

          Mr. Christensen’s career has also included 16 years of service to the Southern Pacific Railroad where he held posts at eight different locations throughout the railroad’s 13-state system.  His various positions included Roadmaster, Construction Superintendent, Project Manager, Division Engineer, Assistant Chief Engineer for Design and Construction, and Chief Environmental Affairs Officer.  As Project Manager on loan to the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, he led Southern Pacific’s construction team in the successful delivery of the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility, the first port-oriented railroad intermodal terminal of its kind in the in the United States.

 

          Mr. Christensen earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Arizona State University and a certificate in Executive Education from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  A third-generation civil engineer, he is a registered professional engineer in California and nine other western states and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association. 

 

Mr. Christensen was an Alternate Board Member and Operating Committee Member of the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority and served as chair of the California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference.  He is currently serving on the board of the METRANS Urban Transportation Center, is an alternate member of the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility Joint Powers Board of Directors, is a member of the California Freight Advisory Committee, and is a member of the curriculum advisory committee for the College of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at California State University Long Beach.  He is also a Federally-appointed member of the Surface Transportation Board’s Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council representing the port industry at-large as part of this Congressionally-mandated committee.  Michael has twice given formal testimony before the U.S. Congress on transportation-related issues.

 

          Mr. and Mrs. Christensen and their children make their home in Redondo Beach, California.  When not involved in his duties as an elected member of the Redondo Beach Unified School District Board of Education, he spends time as a youth soccer league referee, a Boy Scout leader, and a church volunteer.

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

Michael Christensen

Candidate Statement and Philosophy 

     We live in one of the best communities in California, in large part because of the quality of our schools.  In my eighteen years as a Redondo Beach resident I have worked hard to help make this happen.  Three of my children are attending RBUSD schools, so I have a personal stake in seeing improvements continue.  During my first term as a school board member, the District accomplished much, first and foremost, keeping our students and employees safe...our number one priority!  We also provided:  stable leadership; improved test scores; great relationships and agreements with our labor partners; on-budget delivery of our bond-funded improvements; enhanced financial reserves; and dozens of State and National recognitions. 

    Our focus on the "Whole Child" is a key element of our philosphy.  As evident of this committment, our partnership with the Beach Cities Health District has resulted in healthier students with obesity rates falling from 20% to 7%. 

     Despite these accomplishments, we still have much to do.  Safety in a dangerous world remains our top priority, and we will continue to do all we can to enhance the protection of our schools, students, and staff.  We need to continue to strengthen our financial condition, in preparation for the next economic downturn; improve the performance and accountability of our team; enhance the effectiveness of our instruction; and safeguard our students. 

   I ask for your vote so I can continue to improve our District for the sake of our children and our community.


 

 

 

Incumbent
7,858 votes (25.95%)Winning
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  • Education is one of the cornerstones of our community and continued investment in our children and education excellence is of utmost priority
  • Maintain Fiscal Accountability, Balanced Budgets and Promotion of Short and Long Term Fiscal Reserves to ensure stability even in a financial downturn
  • Continued Improvements in Student Achievement, Safety, and College Readiness
Profession:Business Owner
CEO, Pacific Rink (2015current)
Board of Education Member, Redondo Beach Unified School District — Elected position (2013current)
CEO, Valiant Managment Solutions (20112015)
CTO/COO, inAssist (20112015)
President, Redondo Beach Educational Foundation — Elected position (20102013)
CEO, Medical Billing Solutions (19982011)
California State University, Long Beach Bachelors of Science, Business with emphasis in Marketing (1996)

I am seeking re-election to the Redondo Beach Unified School District school board.  I was elected in 2013 to a 4 year term.  I has lived in Redondo Beach since 2000 and I am a lifelong South Bay resident. I am a small business order and currently building a new company specializing in lifestyle hockey apparel and bags. Prior to that, I owned and ran multiple companies in the medical and technology fields. 

Additionally from 2010-2013, I was President and Treasurer of the Redondo Beach Educational Foundation for 4 years restarting a foundation that was bringing in less than 100,000 per year to a foundation raising a million dollars a year at the time of my election to the school board.  I was and am involved at the PTA level at our schools and in our community.

I am re-running for school board for a few reasons: I am a parent of two children in the district and feel it is important that parents are part of their community and get involved in their children’s education and this is one small way that I can give back.  There are many ways to give back, whether it be in the classroom, fundraising or, in my case, bringing my 20+ years experience in the business world and almost 4 years now collaborating with our teachers, staff and administrators to develop a stronger educational foundation for our most precious assets.

Education is one of the cornerstones of our community and our kids. I believe investing in our kids is one of the most important legacies that we can do as parents and individuals.

I believe I bring business, fiscal responsibility and real world experience. I have built and sold a few successful companies during my past 20+ years of business experience. One of my most recent companies managed finances of others in excess of 100 million per year.

At the school district, over the past 3 ½+ years, we have moved the needle on many fronts within the district. At the beginning of my term, our district had a 3.03 percent reserve. We have increased reserves by over 230% during my tenure and are laser focused on long-term strategies and planning for our district and community engagement. We have implemented a successful solar program at our schools, below budget, saving millions of dollars in electricity costs directly attributed to our general fund which is reinvested into our students and our community.  We have renegotiated leases on surplus properties and other assets that the district owns. We have re-negotiated/refinanced our school bonds interest rates saving our local taxpayers millions of dollars.

Enrollment has increased 9.5% in the past 4 years per our latest audit report in comparison to surrounding districts that are flat or declining enrollment and we have become a destination district. Test scores continue to increase, student engagement is up, continued promotion of college going readiness to ensure that all students have the opportunity to go to college if they choose. Additionally, in conjunction with our city and its Police Chief, in partnership with our school site staff, we have collaborated to enhance our students safety, school sites security, and new protocals to keep up with the changing times.  Labor negotiations are now completed on-time, state/federal test scores are improved (PSAT, AP, CST and others), employee morale is high and many other items. We have made tremendous progress over the last 3 ½ years but have much more to do. It took almost a year to really understand the breadth and depth of all facets of being on the school board and the $70+ million budget and I look forward to utilizing this knowledge to continue making our schools and our district even greater.  The support of our teachers, staff and parent community is humbling and look forward to serving our community along with my present board members for the next four years.

Other areas to continue work on:

  • Campus Safety and the safety of our staff and children.
  • Families in our district and surrounding community that struggle to make ends meet and not having enough resources to provide their kids with daily basic needs.
  • Bullying and the many technology avenues that continue to create new challenges for our kids.
  • Student to teacher ratios
  • Keeping up with technology trends, changes and enhanced cirriculum opportunities in our classroom.
  • Student Health and our Partnership with Beach Cities Health District.
  • Jessica Baird
  • George Barks
  • Mike Webb
  • Steve Diels
  • Barbara Lucky
  • Dr. William Watkins
  • Martha Deutsch
  • Heidi Ashcraft
  • David Witkin
  • Anita Avrick
  • Mike Gin
  • Vanessa Poster
  • Jeff Ginsburg
  • Jane Diehl
  • Laura Emdee
  • Steve Aspel
  • Christian Horvath
  • Martha Barbee
  • Bill Brand
  • Stephen Alford
  • Amy King-Klein
  • David Klein
  • Kevin Campbell
  • Pat Kilker
  • Peter Boesen
  • Jim Mccarthy
  • Monika Mccarthy
  • Soohan Lee
  • Shannon Lee
  • Stuart Ganis
  • Mary Ganis
  • Kristina Zorn
  • Robyn Solimando
  • April Morehead
  • Ryan Morehead
  • Meleesa Smith
  • Pat Hosken
  • Sally House-Miller
  • Sandra Fuchs
  • Lisa Rodriguez
  • Dale Petrulis
  • Caz Walker
  • Sue Couig
  • Rhonda McGonigle
  • Amanda Cartee
  • Monica Moore
  • Ron Moore
  • Cindy Clausen
  • Kristin Bramson
  • Pat Clancy
  • Gina Clancy
  • Staci Sexton
  • Suzanne Haring
  • Sharon Day
  • Liisa Hiatt
  • William Richards
  • Bill Richards
  • Adrianne Jasmer
  • Jonathan Beutler
  • Kimberly Quihuis
  • Kate Snyder Spjute
  • Erika Snow-Robinson
  • Erik Bowman
  • Andrew Avrick
  • Brian Polun
  • Raymur Flynn
  • Candace Nafissi
  • AJ Jacoby
  • John Gran
  • Doug Rodriguez
  • Elizabeth Diels
  • Kenny Pearson
  • Elizabeth Marcon
  • Jeff Marcon
  • Gayle Dreizler-Bailey
  • Amie Jacoby
  • John Couig
  • Steve Day
  • Brian Casey
  • Janet Casey
  • William Richards
  • Raymur Sweeney
  • Todd Lowenstein

I am seeking re-election to the Redondo Beach Unified School District school board.  I was elected in 2013 to a 4 year term.  I has lived in Redondo Beach since 2000 and I am a lifelong South Bay resident. I am a small business order and currently building a new company specializing in lifestyle hockey apparel and bags. Prior to that, I owned and ran multiple companies in the medical and technology fields. 

Additionally from 2010-2013, I was President and Treasurer of the Redondo Beach Educational Foundation for 4 years restarting a foundation that was bringing in less than 100,000 per year to a foundation raising a million dollars a year at the time of my election to the school board.  I was and am involved at the PTA level at our schools and in our community.

I am re-running for school board for a few reasons: I am a parent of two children in the district and feel it is important that parents are part of their community and get involved in their children’s education and this is one small way that I can give back.  There are many ways to give back, whether it be in the classroom, fundraising or, in my case, bringing my 20+ years experience in the business world and almost 4 years now collaborating with our teachers, staff and administrators to develop a stronger educational foundation for our most precious assets.

Education is one of the cornerstones of our community and our kids. I believe investing in our kids is one of the most important legacies that we can do as parents and individuals.

I believe I bring business, fiscal responsibility and real world experience. I have built and sold a few successful companies during my past 20+ years of business experience. One of my most recent companies managed finances of others in excess of 100 million per year.

At the school district, over the past 3 ½+ years, we have moved the needle on many fronts within the district. At the beginning of my term, our district had a 3.03 percent reserve. We have increased reserves by over 230% during my tenure and are laser focused on long-term strategies and planning for our district and community engagement. We have implemented a successful solar program at our schools, below budget, saving millions of dollars in electricity costs directly attributed to our general fund which is reinvested into our students and our community.  We have renegotiated leases on surplus properties and other assets that the district owns. We have re-negotiated/refinanced our school bonds interest rates saving our local taxpayers millions of dollars.

Enrollment has increased 9.5% in the past 4 years per our latest audit report in comparison to surrounding districts that are flat or declining enrollment and we have become a destination district. Test scores continue to increase, student engagement is up, continued promotion of college going readiness to ensure that all students have the opportunity to go to college if they choose. Additionally, in conjunction with our city and its Police Chief, in partnership with our school site staff, we have collaborated to enhance our students safety, school sites security, and new protocals to keep up with the changing times.  Labor negotiations are now completed on-time, state/federal test scores are improved (PSAT, AP, CST and others), employee morale is high and many other items. We have made tremendous progress over the last 3 ½ years but have much more to do. It took almost a year to really understand the breadth and depth of all facets of being on the school board and the $70+ million budget and I look forward to utilizing this knowledge to continue making our schools and our district even greater.  The support of our teachers, staff and parent community is humbling and look forward to serving our community along with my present board members for the next four years.

Other areas to continue work on:

  • Campus Safety and the safety of our staff and children.
  • Families in our district and surrounding community that struggle to make ends meet and not having enough resources to provide their kids with daily basic needs.
  • Bullying and the many technology avenues that continue to create new challenges for our kids.
  • Student to teacher ratios
  • Keeping up with technology trends, changes and enhanced cirriculum opportunities in our classroom.
  • Student Health and our Partnership with Beach Cities Health District.

 

 

Candidacy

Summary

RBUSD, what we have done and where we are going . RBUSD continues to be on the right path and we have more to do.

Reasons we are running, backed up with facts.

 

  • Student Safety - Our district has spent significant time in the training of our students and staff on the importance of safety. We have trained our teachers on Run, Hide, Fight developed thru the FBI and other agencies in partnership with RBPD. RBPD has partnered with us and spent many days touring our campuses, meeting with every staff member and upgrading safety policies at all school sites last year and currently.  We held meetings for parents at our campuses last year and this year and all teachers, staff and students have been receiving updates with our new standards and requirements.Communications have been upgraded and new requirements are in place and have been implemented over many years. Natural or other disaster training has and continues to be updated as new methods are implemented or reinforced.
  • Despite being fiscally conservative and preparing for the next educational downturn or cuts from the state, our staff received district wide increases of 2.5% plus the district paid for 100% of the increased passed on from the carrier for our most popular plan. In some cases, if a staff member elects for a higher plan, at their option, it could cost them more out of pocket than if they elected for the main district plan but this is an elective choice. We agree that health insurance is expensive but the reality in the marketplace today is that insurance is expensive and continues to rise. Each year, we look at ways to reduce costs for health and other related insurance costs and have done a great job and avoided passing on the increases to our hard working staff. 
  • Access to facilities - We work hard to make our campuses available to our local associations and the public on an ongoing basis day in and day out. Programs such as Ayso, Rbyb, Redondo Sunset, Football and others are on our campuses regularly. Each of these groups use our facilities and the fees we charge are to cover our additional costs. These costs include additional lighting, janitorial staff costs and maintenance costs associated with using the facilities. Our 1st priority is using the $$ we receive to ensure our students receive the best education and facilities around. Any extracurricular activities on campus should share the pro-rata share of the additional wear and tear. Taxpayers who were very generous with their bond passages should not have to shoulder the burden of additional maintenance costs associated with outside entities who want to use the facilities. We are a school district, not a recreation program. We have to hired additional staff to manage the after-hours activities of all of our wonderful programs and accordingly, they should share in the burden of these additional costs. It should be noted that we only bill our actual cost to these groups. In some groups, such as Ayso, the overall cost is minimal to each participate.

Our local unions believe in what we are doing and have endorsed the three incumbents because we have been clear in our financial abilities as a district, a clear vision utilizing real, concrete numbers and not a pie in the sky vision and very transparent on where we are at, what we can do and how we will implement it. We are proud to be supported by all city and community leaders and our union partners exclusively.

 

We believe our vision, fiscal responsibility and management and high achievement leaves no doubt that we are on the right path for success.

Re-elect the 3 candidates with a proven track record of success and with students in our schools!

• RBUSD has become a destination district, significantly increasing property values in Redondo Beach.  Serkin, Christensen and Waller have been an integral part of that process. • Continue to ensure our students received the best education possible to develop leaders of tomorrow. • Continue to re-evaluate and enhance the safety of our students and employees  • Build even greater financial strength in preparation for the next economic downturn. • Build upon our college going culture to ensure that all children have the option and prepared to go to college

 

SMALL list of the MANY Accomplishments:

 

• The BEST SCHOOLS in the South Bay. Over the past two years, RBUSD has received National Blue Ribbon Designation (1 school), CA Gold Ribbon Designation (7 schools) and CA Green Ribbon Designation (3 schools) WeARE a destination district! Enrollments has increased 9.5% • In partnership with the city, Police Chief and our school site staff, enhanced our school sites security and student safety and greatly enhancing emergency response/disaster planning. • Strengthened fiscal reserves hovering at 3.03% coming into 2013 by over 230% during tenure • Bolstered parent and community involvement and participation in RBUSD activities • Renegotiated Bond Interest Rates saving our Redondo Beach community millions over its life • Advocated at the state and federal level in Sacramento and Washington DC as well as partnering with surrounding districts for increased funding to ensure we are getting our fair share. • As part of the “Whole Child” initiative, in partnership with BCHD, reduced childhood obesity rate of RBUSD children from 20% - 7.2% over the past 10 years. • Implemented Successful Solar program below budget and at great annual savings to our district general fund • Implemented leading edge computer network with 100% wireless access • Implemented K-12, 1 to 1, districtwide Chromebook and tablet program seamlessly. • Continue to supervise 2nd most senior Superintendent in the Greater South Bay • Significantly increased property values in Redondo Beach (beyond LA County and other South Bay averages over the past 5 years).

 

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  • Continue fiscal responsibility measures we started four years ago to maintain stable reserves
  • Continue to improve student success, be it test scores, college acceptance, or employment immediately after graduation
  • Develop a long term, sustainable, revenue model for SoCal ROC
Profession:Small Business Owner
COO / CFO, EPage, Inc. (1999current)
Member of the Board of Education, Redondo Beach Unified School District — Elected position (2013current)
Member of the Board of Education, Southern California Regional Occupational Center — Appointed position (2013current)
System Engineer, Hughes Aircraft Company (19861999)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Bachelor of Science, Physics (1986)
Webmaster, Director of Communications, Thirty-Third District PTA (2011current)
Consultant to the Communications Commission, Communications Commissioner, California State PTA (2013current)
Chairman of the Digital Media & Information Technology Committee, South Bay Workforce Investment Board (2015current)
Treasurer / Founding Member of the Board, Performance Marketing Association (20092010)
Parliamentarian, Auditor, Treasurer, Alta Vista Elementary PTA (20052010)

I am a 30 year resident and proud parent of a 12th grader at Redondo Union High School. Volunteering has been an important part of my life, and I want to continue giving back to our community by representing you as a member of the RBUSD Board of Education for another term.

 

 

  • Steve Aspel
  • Bill Brand
  • Jane Diehl
  • Anita Avrick
  • David Witkin
  • Martha Barbee
  • Laura Emdee
  • Mike Webb
  • Vanessa Poster
  • Heidi Ashcraft
  • Barbara Lucky
  • Martha Deutsch
  • Christian Horvath
  • Dr. William Watkins
  • Steve Diels
  • Redondo Beach Teachers Association
  • California School Employees Association (Redondo Beach Chapter 57)
  • Mike Gin
  • Raymur Sweeney
  • Jeff Ginsburg
  • Candace Nafissi
  • John Gran
  • Doug Rodriguez
  • Todd Loewenstein
  • Dale Petrulis
  • Heidi Butzine
  • Brian Robinson
  • George Barks
  • Liisa Hiatt
  • Kenny Pearson
  • Andrew Avrick
  • Erik Bowman
  • Lisa Rodriguez
  • Janet Casey
  • Kimberly Quihuis
  • Jeff Marcon
  • Elizabeth Marcon
  • Ian Robinson
  • Erika Snow-Robinson
  • Pat Kilker
  • Caz Walker
  • Peter Boesen and family
  • Monika and Jim Mccarthy
  • John and Sue Couig
  • Shannon and Soohan Lee
  • Mary and Stuart Ganis
  • Zorn Family
  • Robyn Solimando
  • Morehead Family
  • Jessica Baird
  • Meleesa Smith
  • Pat Hosken
  • Sally House-Miller
  • Sandra Fuchs
  • William Richards
  • Brian Casey
  • Steve Day
  • John Couig
  • Gayle Dreizler Albin Bailey
  • Rhonda McGonigle
  • Amanda Cartee
  • Ron and Monica Moore
  • Cindy Clausen
  • Kristin Bramson
  • Pat Clancy
  • Gina Clancy
  • Staci Sexton
  • Suzanne Haring
  • Sharon Day
  • Adrianne Jasmer
  • Jonathan Beutler
  • • Kate Snyder Spjute
  • • Rachel Silverman Nemeth
  • Amie Jacoby
  • Brian Polun

In my four years on the RBUSD board, we have balanced the budget every year – restoring cuts, and preserving jobs while increasing reserves. We have implemented solar power, Chromebooks, and infrastructure improvements that have saved money and improved the learning environment. Test scores are up, morale is great, and enrollment is soaring as a result.

I have also represented RBUSD for the last four years as a member and President of the SoCal ROC Board of Education. During my time there I led the charge to save SoCal ROC and chaired the committee of superintendents, business officers, and school board members that created its new funding model. The future of SoCal ROC is still uncertain, but I will move them into the future with an improved revenue model and course selection over the next four years.

I pledge to be an advocate for all students.

Retired RBUSD Teacher
6,401 votes (21.14%)
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  • Reducing employee contributions to healthcare plans that are offered by the District, while increasing their compensation.
  • Ensuring that school facilities are offered to Redondo Beach based non-profit organizations free of charge when an employee is already on site.
  • Improve school site safety by providing teachers with emergency response training for fires and earthquakes.
Profession:Retired RBUSD teacher
Regional Commissioner, American Youth Soccer Organization - AYSO — Elected position (2015current)
Harbor Commissioner, City of Redondo Beach — Appointed position (2016current)
Redondo Beach City Councilmember, District 5, City Council of Redondo Beach — Elected position (20072015)
Public Works Commissioner, Public Safety Commissioner, Planning Commis, City of Redondo Beach — Appointed position (19932007)
Auditor, P.T.S.A. - Adams Middle School — Appointed position (20012004)
UCLA and National University BS in Chemical Engineering from UCLA and teacher's credential from National University, Chemistry (2000)
volunteer, Habitat for Humanity (2016current)
  • Councilmember Laura Emdee
  • Steve Aspel
  • Parents, Teachers, and Students
  • Candidate John Gran

How the Safety of Students and Staff Can Be Improved At All Schools

Summary

RBUSD had to be contacted by CAL-OSHA in order for them to fullfill their responsibilites. There is still a great deal to do.

In my 15 years of teaching for RBUSD I was required to attend exactly one training session that involved the safety of students. Sure we had evacuation drills, but we almost never received any emergency training. For 15 years I asked if we could be trained in the use of fire extinguishers, I even contacted the Redondo Beach Fire Department and was told they would provide the training at our convenience for free. The administration never pursued it.

The District says that safety is their top priority but they do very little to back that up. If elected I will mandate annual training with fire extinguishers for all employees. In addition at least one administrator at each school will be required to receive training to respond to emergencies such as earthquakes.

The rising cost of health plans for employees and the reduction in pay.

Summary

Presently employees take home pay is less than it was a year ago. Some of the District's healthcare plans require employees to contribute as much as $18,000/year. The cost is so high many employees forgo any District provided insurance.

One of my top priorities will be to restore the take home pay of teachers and classified staff. Healthcare plans must be provided that are affordable to all employees. 

Community Access to school facilities during non-school hours.

Summary

The California State Education code requires that school districts make their facilities available to the community during non-school hours. The are allowed to require a reasonable fee. Since when is $45/hr reasonable for a girl scout troop to hold a meeting when the out of pocket expenses for the school district are zero.

If elected I will require that all school facilites be made available to Redondo Beach based non-profit groups free of charge. We, the Community, have already paid for these facilities through our taxes. Not to mention the 264 million dollars in bonds that we approved in the last 15 years. Girl Scout troops are literally leaving the school district for neighboring school districts because of the fees being charged. 

Email mattkilroy2000@aol.com

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