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Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified School District Area 2

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Were you pleased with how district officials spent new Local Control Funding Formula dollars this past school year? How would you like to see the new dollars spent this year?

School districts across the state are adjusting to the new Common Core standards. Is the district doing enough to prepare teachers and students for the new standards? What, if anything, would you change about how schools transition to this new way of teaching?

In your opinion, what are the district's top three challenges? How would you address each of these issues?

Do you favor or oppose Proposition 55, which would extend by 12 years the temporary income tax increase enacted in 2012 to support schools and colleges?

Is technology in education important? Is the district doing enough to get devices into the hands of kids? If so, how would you help improve access to technology, especially for low-income or other at-risk students?

Why are you the best candidate to serve on the school board? (Text or YouTube video.)

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Age 64
There are always more needs than available funding, but overall I feel the LCAP committee allocated the funds appropriately. The district should continue allocating funds to support a well-rounded program that would include the addition of Career Technical Education classes, interventions for at-risk students, technology needs, and support/resources for special education, ELD, English Only and gifted students. Funds need to be increased to provide staff with the resources needed to ensure the success of all students.
This has been a difficult transition for everyone involved. Therefore, continued collaboration between administration and teachers is critical. Also, workshops and training for teachers and parents would help with the transition.
Shortage and retention of Highly Qualified Teachers in the areas of math and special education. Continue with recruitment process and offer of incentives. Lack of funding for special education and transportation. Until something changes at the state level, these areas will continue to encroach on the district's budget. Revolving door of new standards and programs i.e Common Core and ELD programs. Providing teachers with adequate training, collaboration, and the necessary resources to ensure the success of their students.
I'm sympathetic to the taxpayers, but this support is imperative to school districts throughout California to help provide the resources to ensure the success of our students who are our future.
Technology is essential in education today. The district is on track to provide every student with their own laptop and access to programs that support the curriculum. To improve access for low-income or at risk students the district should continue to seek grants and other funding sources to supplement the cost.
I have been associated with CHUSD for 57 years, first as a student (K-12), as an employee (1986-2015) and as a parent (1991-2004). In my 29 years of employment, 18 of those years I served as the administrative assistant to 5 superintendents and the Board of Education. I am knowledgeable about the district, board procedures and the Brown Act. This knowledge would be an asset for my service on the board. I was born and raised in Coalinga and I am passionate about the community and the education system. I desire the opportunity to encourage students to make education a priority and to become life-long learners. I look forward to serving the students, staff and both communities, if elected.
Age 70
Residence Coalinga
Family Debbie Wife of 44 years Sons Mark and Steven
Education BS Mathematics from Cal Poly, SLO Standard Single Subject Teaching Credential.
Occupation Retired High School Math Teacher
Public service experience Trustee Coalinga-Huron Unified School Board 2012 to present Trustee Coalinga-Huron Library District Board 2012 to present President Coalinga-Huron Library District Board 2016
I am very pleased with how our district used the LCFF dollars during the past school year and how we are using them during the current school year. I think that it is extremely important that as we move forward in implementing our LCAP that we primarily use our funds as called for in our LCAP: 1. To expand offerings in our career technical education program. 2. To improve instruction by continuing to provide useful and supportive professional learning opportunities for teachers and administrators. 3. To make sure that all students have accessibility and opportunity to take advantage of all that we offer to support, encourage and help them to be prepared to meet their career and education goals after high school graduation. 4. To make progress toward meeting one of our primary goals that all students are reading at grade level by 3rd grade.
I feel that our district has done a decent job in preparing for the transition to Common Core and in its implementation. It has not been a perfectly smooth change, but it has been better than most. Looking back, I think that we might have been able to do more in the previous two years to provide effective professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators to clarify just what Common Core is (standards with more depth and less breadth) and what it is not (a curriculum). It does require a “new way of teaching”, but it is really not new. In reality the teaching methods that we are talking about simply involve good instructional methods that teachers have been using in some form or another for decades. Good instruction allows for student involvement, discovery and investigation under the guidance and direction of the teacher and makes use of cooperative learning methods that have been effectively used by teachers at every level. In moving forward, I believe that it is important that we continue to work with classroom teachers, coaches and site administrators in addressing whatever needs or concerns that they may have in implementing common core more effectively.
These are the top three challenges we face (I can think of more and these are not necessarily in order): a. Reading. Many of our students are reading 2 or more years below grade level. We have to address this and we have started to do so with our corrective reading program in grades 4-6. This program, when fully implemented, has the capability of helping students to increase their reading level by 2-3 years in 1 year. b. Achievement gap. We need to make continuous progress in closing the achievement gap between those students who do well in school and those who do not for various reasons (socio-economic, homelessness, foster children, etc.). To do this we must continue to offer support and opportunity so that all students have full access to a quality education in CHUSD. Expanded course offerings, timely intervention programs and counseling services will help us do this. c. Hiring and retaining teachers. There is a teacher shortage which is especially challenging for rural districts like ours. We have made great strides in offering financial incentives for new teachers to come here and we have started to do more in the area of providing mentor support for new teachers. We must also continue to improve the work environment for teachers and administrators so that it is supportive, positive, and encourages innovation. Teaching is more art than science. We need to let our teachers be artists.
I am in favor of proposition 55 as a board member, because it will continue to bring in needed funds for education, but have reservations as a taxpayer because it extends what was supposed to be a temporary tax increase and allows voters to increase someone else’s taxes as long as it doesn’t increase theirs. That troubles me and so, I have not decided how I will vote.
Technology is extremely important in education in this day and age. It is one area where students come to us already tech savvy and ready. It makes sense to take advantage of their readiness and use technology to engage students in their education. This is the final year of implementation of our program to provide tablets to every student in the district for their use in the classroom, and for most to use at home as well. The roll out has been hugely successful to this point and has already shown results in student engagement and success. We continue to support this initiative by increasing our technology support staff and providing professional learning opportunities to staff so that they can incorporate the use of technology more effectively in the classroom. We will also need to continue to refine and improve our future plans for replacing and upgrading our devices to keep up with the need and any new innovations that apply to education.
I believe that I am the best candidate to serve on the school board because I bring to the table 39 years experience as a high school math teacher in Coalinga, 6 years experience as president of CHUTA and my 4 years experience as a school trustee. I bring the perspective of one who has been on both sides of the bargaining table and as one who looks at the needs of all stakeholders in the education of our students. I have and will always listen to and consider all sides of any issue that is within the purview of the board keeping in mind what is in the best interests of the education of all of the students of this district in a non-partisan way. I have no agenda other than seeing to it that CHUSD offers the best education and opportunities for every student that enters our doors. To that end, I will support bringing in the very best people to oversee our schools, providing the best teachers for our classrooms, bringing in the best programs for our students, and making sure that our schools are safe, secure and nurturing for students, staff, and community members.