Four years ago, I approached each of you seeking support for my campaign for the Culver City School Board. After decades as a CCUSD student, employee, and active community member, I wanted to provide a unique perspective as our school district addressed unparalleled challenges and exciting opportunities It was time to include professional educators on the board who would work with Culver City teachers, staff and parents to develop partnerships to improve the education within our district. By engaging all stakeholder groups in the decision-making process, we would reap the benefits of our collective expertise.
Four years later, with your support, I have achieved those goals and more. Despite unprecedented state and federal funding challenges, several significant improvements for students, families and citizens of Culver City have been accomplished, including:
- Creating more transparency through live televised meetings, increased website information, and special Board workshops (open to the public) on significant topics
- Increasing participation by talented and dedicated Culver City citizens through the establishment of diverse district committees to advise the Board on important topics including the budget, green-friendly initiatives and capital improvement projects
- Consistently supporting the arts, athletics, vocational and educational programs to ensure we are providing a well-rounded education for all our students, even when attempts have been made for serious cuts
- Ensuring safer and more secure campuses through new security training and a proven anti-bullying curriculum
- Prioritizing funding to teachers and staff members at respective school sites so that students receive the best education possible, even during tough financial times. Prioritization included creating new, diverse future sources of funding for academic programs by leading the effort to bring solar power and the associated guaranteed payment of $400,000 per year for 10 years to the District.
These accomplishments are satisfying, and I want to continue working to bring Culver City forward from a great to an outstanding school district. With your help between now and November, I anticipate returning to the Board to confront new challenges over the next four years. We need to accomplish more to rein in spending, for example on consultant fees. Revision of our graduation requirements is on my list to guarantee all our students leave our campuses college or career ready. Additionally, we must ensure that we can compete for the best teachers and staff through continued investment and support of our human resources. Finally, the Board and District must examine the deleterious effects of deferred maintenance on our district facilities in order to assure the health and safety of our students and employees.
I am asking for your continued support and involvement, so that, together, we can create an exceptional public school system that will benefit all of Culver City.