View Mobile Site

Ask the Expert

Signal Photos


My CUSD board promises

Posted: September 29, 2009 10:23 p.m.
Updated: September 30, 2009 4:55 a.m.
As a candidate for the Castaic Unified School District governing board, it is my observation that the district's most valuable asset is its teachers.

They contribute the skills and wisdom that have helped our schools grow and excel.

I also believe we have dedicated administrators and as a unit the current board has largely served our district well.

Still, given the state's budget crisis, not one decision the next board makes will be easy.

This cold, hard reality fuels my decision to step up and serve.

I am prepared for the challenges ahead because I've been listening and participating as an involved parent for years, not months.

Over the past decade I've been directly engaged in the struggle over Castaic High School.

I founded CUBS - Castaic United to Build the School - in an effort to fill a leadership vacuum, collecting more than 1,000 signatures during a petition drive and organizing and moderating multiple community meetings.

In 2008, I served as campaign manager for Measure SA; the $300M school bond passed with overwhelming support and provides the full funding to build our school.

While some obstacles remain, just a few weeks ago Superintendent Jaime Castellanos and Hart's entire board publicly reaffirmed their commitment to open Castaic High in 2013 - 10 years late in coming but coming nonetheless.

I am a problem-solver by nature and believe a challenge is something to be overcome, not to scream about.

If elected, I will never let emotion trump logic and I'll bring optimism and energy to my responsibilities.

I pledge to protect the classroom from devastating budget cuts and narrow the achievement gaps between our schools.

Finally, I will ensure that Castaic High is not only built but also meets the community's expectations.

I will be humbled if given the opportunity to represent all of Castaic's children in these challenging times. Thank you for your consideration.


Commenting not available.
Commenting is not available.


Powered By
Morris Technology
Please wait ...