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Scotts Valley Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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George St. Clair

Retired Educator/Teacher
4,026 votes (30.31%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Encourage continued excellence throughout the Scotts Valley Unified School District
  • Respond to the diversity and needs of all students, i.e., aim for 'All students succeeding, all the time'
  • Maximize the value of the Scotts Valley Unified School District's fiscal and human rresources



Profession:Retired Educator-Teacher
Tutorial Center Coordinator, Mountain View High School, Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District (1998–2017)
Governing Board Member (President 1994;1996;1999;2003), Campbell Union High School District — Elected position (1990–2006)
Science teacher, Homestead High School, Fremont Union High School District, Cupertino, CA (1985–1994)
Research Associate, WestEd Regional Educational Research Laboratory (1982–1985)
Guidance Counselor, International Graduate Students, Columbia University-Teachers College (1979–1981)
Science teacher/teacher trainer, U.S. Peace Corps--(Western Samoa, Fiji Islands) (1974–1979)


Stanford University EdS, Design & Evaluation of Educational Programs (1989)
Columbia University M.Ed, Curriculum & Teaching (Leadership & Supervision) (1981)
Columbia University M.A., International Education Development (1980)
University of California, Davis B.A., Biological Sciences (1972)

Community Activities

Volunteer Guide, Monterey Bay Aquarium (2018–current)


Governing Board, Campbell Union High School District—4 terms (Board president:  1994, 1996, 1999, 2003); U.S. Peace Corps (6 years in Samoa; Fiji Islands)-- master teacher; dean of students;  teacher training coordinator; school administrator; curriculum developer; soccer coach. National & California Distinguished High Schools--tutorial center coordinator (Mountain View High School); science teacher (Fremont Union High School District), PTA, School Site Council, WASC accreditation and district curriculum committees,  GATE liaison, adult and alternative education teacher; WestEd Regional Education Research Laboratory, San Francisco--research associate, High School Improvement Program—published reports: school productivity, mentor teachers, school science and math improvement;  Columbia University, New York--guidance counselor to 500 international graduate students;  Monterey Bay Aquarium—volunteer guide.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political philosophy is one with my educational philosophy.  I believe actions speak louder than words.  I have demonstrated by my record that I possess the commitment, knowledge, and experience to carefully analyze and weigh the facts and evidence on all sides of an issue before making a decision--and I have demonstrated that I can ultimately make the tough decisions a school board member today must make.  I am not swayed by unsound arguments, nor by the heat or passions of the moment.

I have demonstrated that I stand for meaningful educational reform, and not simply for implementing the latest fads.  meaningful reform requires time, perspective, talent, effort, and commitment.  The voters should expect no less of their elected representatives.

Position Papers

A VISION for the Scotts Valley Unified School District


A VISION for the Scotts Valley Unified School District

My VISION for the SVUSD remains deceptively simple:  That students, parents, teachers, administrators and support staff, volunteers and the community-at-large, are all contributing at their highest levels in order to provide successful learning experiences for all students.  This can be achieved by combining modeling, feedback, and consensus-building to establish high expectations.

Second, we need to recruit and retain qualified and caring teachers and put them together with kids who are ready to learn in modern, well-equipped and worker-friendly learning environments.  We need to remove barriers so that teachers can teach and students can learn at the highest levels.

The test of the effectiveness (i.e., accountability) of anyone working in the SVUSD should be:  'Am I enabling parents, teachers, administrators, support staff and volunteers to work more effectively with/for students?"

Communication and Parental Involvement are Key


Communication and Parental Involvement are Key

The SVUSD must increase its commitment to communicating with parents and the community-at-large in a variety of ways and on increased efforts at involving parents in their local schools.  Fortunately, the SVUSD has a reputation for excellence and the level of parental involvement is on the rise at all of our schools.  Word is spreading that we offer good value to our students.  Our schools are getting the results the community expects.  However, there is always room for improvement.  While it is always a challenge to improve an already high-performing district, this should not deter us from aiming to achieve improved results with each successive year.

With the renovation of the Scotts Valley Middle School, what should be the next “big thing” for the school district?


With the renovation of the Scotts Valley Middle School, what should be the next “big thing” for the school district?

(1)    The immediate CRITICAL ‘Big Thing” is to PASS MEASURE A (Parcel Tax) to enable the District to remain fiscally solvent until the California legislature (through AB 2808) increases funding California K-12 public schools to “a level equal to, or above, the average of the top 10 states nationally by 2025 and, at a minimum, to maintain this level of funding indefinitely”.  With appropriate lobbying by public officials, increased funding should materialize beginning in the 2019-20 school year. 

(2)    The District must maximize student average daily attendance (ADA) upon which our state funding depends, seeking cooperation from our families to mitigate the negative effects of student absences on District funding.  For example, whenever possible families should plan vacations to coincide with District holidays and families should be encouraged to reimburse the daily cost of an absence to the District by donation via the District website.  Other creative avenues are possible, e.g., raffling a car for perfect attendance, etc. 

(3)    Attracting and retaining the best-qualified teachers through a combination of responsible increases in total compensation and housing assistance.  Successful passage of the Santa Cruz County affordable housing Measure H  should provide opportunities for continued collaboration with City and County officials to leverage any funding;

(4)    Prioritizing needed renovations at the District’s remaining elementary and high schools, combined with energy conservation,  green construction, and other cost-saving measures.

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