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Poway Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area A

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Tim Dougherty

Educator/Engineer/Manager
8,870 votes (38.8%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Re-Opened Learning must move forward for all grades and continue to redesign and adapt
  • Reverse the year over year increasing deficit and decreasing reserves in the face of serious funding issues
  • Address the facility and land use issues after a failed bond measure

Experience

Experience

Profession:Educator - Engineer - Manager
Sr. Director Supply Chain, Successful Southern California Retailer (2017–current)
Adjunct Lecturer, University of San Diego (2016–current)
Various Technology Related Engineering Roles, San Diego Local Manufacturers (1998–2016)
Member, Township of Franklin Environmental Committee — Appointed position (2010–2012)
Business Operator, Family Business (2009–2011)

Education

Lehigh University M.Eng., Healthcare Systems Engineering (2016)
Lehigh University BS, Mechanical Engineering (1997)

Community Activities

Wrestling Coach, Various Youth, Middle, High School and Clubs (1997–current)
Softball Coach, Penasquitos Girls Softball Association (2020–2020)

Biography

Tim grew up in Southern New Jersey to his mother Susannah and father Jim, where his father served on his local school board for 15 years.  He comes from a family of teachers, coaches, and small business owners.  Tim went on to be an NCAA Div. I athlete and obtained a BS Mechanical Engineering as an undergrad at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.  Later he received a M. Eng. Healthcare Systems Engineering, also at Lehigh, through their pioneering Distance Learning program.

In New Jersey Tim has worked as a substitute teacher of Technology and head wrestling coach and at a middle school. With a desire to be a positive impact on his new community, in San Diego he continued teaching through coaching the Torrey Pines youth wrestling team for several years.  He now coaches softball with his daughters.

Tim spent many years designing engineering systems in manufacturing and currently works as a Senior Director of Supply Chain for a local retailer.  He is Lean/Six Sigma trained and has lead transformative large-scale projects, programs, and teams.  Each year a group of senior industrial engineers works on a design project that he manages along with a University of San Diego faculty member.  Tim also is an adjunct at USD, teaching Manufacturing Processes.

Tim and his wife spent most of their adult life in San Diego, and have lived in Rancho Penasquitos for almost 3 years.  They have twin daughters in the District.  They have been in Pre-K, TK, and now Kindergarten at Park Village Elementary.  They enjoy the neighborhood and their friends very much.  They participate in soccer, softball, and gymnastics; and they cannot wait to get back on campus for learning.

Tim knows what it’s like to be an online student, an online teacher, a business leader, and a parent. He hopes to use this knowledge and industry experience to lead improvements and make the Poway Unified School District even better for his daughters and the PUSD Area A community.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • June Cutter, California State Assembly District 77 Candidate

Organizations (3)

  • California Women’s Leadership Association
  • Lincoln Club of San Diego County
  • Republican Party of San Diego County

Individuals (1)

  • Joe Leventhal, San Diego City Council District 5 Candidate

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters San Diego and League of Women Voters North County San Diego (1)

What are the three biggest challenges facing this region in the decade of the 2020s, and how would you use this office to help our community prepare for (and meet) those challenges?
Answer from Tim Dougherty:

Reopening/Post Covid Learning, Facilities/Land Use, and the Budget Deficit are the three greatest issues affecting PUSD.  They are separate but deeply intertwined.  The pandemic has forced education to redesign its processes and delivery of education.  This design must be able to iterate quickly.  Vulnerable and young students, along with their parents, are feeling the brunt of school closures.  The proposed bond measure to fix aging facilities failed in March.  There is no new solution.  Year after year, expenses outpace revenues, and Covid has amplified this problem.  My experience and background make me uniquely qualified to address these major hurdles.

Questions from League of Women Voters of San Diego and League of Women Voters of North County San Diego (1)

What action (personal or professional) that you have taken most exemplifies how you will execute the duties of this office in the coming term, if you are elected?
Answer from Tim Dougherty:

I have spent over 20 years in private industry solving very complex problems and leading change.  I have been a business operator and am currently a supply chain director of a multi-million dollar global supply chain.  I have been a teacher and student in person and online.  These experiences make me uniquely qualified to get things done in this school system.

I would prioritize issues and avoid Shiny Object Syndrome that distracts from what is important.  80% of everyone’s effort should be spent on 20% most important issues.  Community and Industry Partners should be engaged to develop creative solutions to the issues above, and everything outside the box should be considered.  I will promote organized data driven problem solving with swift execution, not politicking and slow execution.  Additionally, a simple focus on the educational foundations that children need, will lead the way.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

PUSD has been celebrated for its educational excellence for years.  This is why people seek our schools when establishing their families.  However, in the recent past, significant challenges have prevented the improvement of the education.  During my time in the District, I have not seen these challenges overcome nor have I seen defined measures of success for the Board.  Covid has amplified the challenges and brought more our way.  I want a better educational experience for our kids.  I believe my skill set and years of experience in business, engineering, and education make me an ideal Trustee to represent the best interest of Area A.

My top priorities for PUSD are Reopening/Post Covid Learning, Facilities/Land Use, and the Budget Deficit.  They are separate but deeply intertwined.  The pandemic has forced education to redesign its processes and delivery of education.  This design must be able to iterate quickly.  Vulnerable and young students, along with their parents, are feeling the brunt of school closures.  The proposed bond measure to fix aging facilities failed in March.  There is no new solution.  Year after year, expenses outpace revenues, and Covid has amplified this problem.  My experience and background make me uniquely qualified to address these major hurdles.  I will create goals and KPIs for myself, tied to these and other priorities, so the voters can later measure my success.

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