Since 2006, I have served as the representative of Area A on the San Bernardino County Board of Education. I am running for re-election to serve for another four year term. My goal is to continue to support the County Superintendent and County Schools Programs as they continue to focus on reducing the drop-out rate and increasing student achievement. I serve as the elected County Board member from the Counties of San Bernardino and Inyo on the California School Boards Delegate Assembly, Region 16.
The County Board is a unique governance body and does not have the same authority nor play the same role as a local school board. However, it does have important functions that no other agency or governing body could perform. The most significant role of the County Board is its role as an appeals body, conducting hearings of appeal brought to it by parents of students expelled or denied inter-district transfers by their local school board. The Board also sets the County Superintendent's salary, approves the County Superintendent's budget and acquires property for school sites to conduct specialized programs provided by the County Schools Office.
My passion my entire adult life has been to serve the educational interests of our children, parents and community. A well educated citizenry is vitally important to sustaining the strength of this great nation. Educated children grounded in good moral values will become the backbone of our country. I have 38 years of experience in education. I believe my experiences and background as a parent, teacher, instructional leader, principal, chief negotiator for local board of education, superintendent and county board member are qualifications that make me an effective County Board Member.
Please support me with your vote November 2, 2010.