The vote-by-mail ballots will be arriving in the mail this week, so I thought I should reach out to let you know who I think should get your vote. I am not up for re-election until 2020.
I am very pleased to endorse Dr. Amy Chen, Mike Dunn and Angie Simpson for CVUSD Board of Education. You have three votes this year, and I am asking you to thoughtfully consider voting for Amy, Mike and Angie. The California School Board Association states the following regarding school boards:
Citizen oversight of local government is the cornerstone of democracy in the United States. School board members are locally elected public officials entrusted with governing a community’s public schools. The role of the school board is to ensure that school districts are responsive to the values, beliefs and priorities of their communities.
I believe the biggest issue currently facing our district is the decade-long declining enrollment which is causing a budget crisis and will inevitably result in neighborhood school closures. This is because most of our school funding comes from the State of California - and is based on enrollment numbers. The school board must take on this issue and solve it. Amy, Mike and Angie will solve this problem. They are all different from each other but are all exceptional in their own way. Our community would be fortunate to have them on the board. If neighborhood schools close it will negatively impact our community and property values. We need to solve this problem before we start to really feel the negative impact and have to make heartbreaking decisions.
Dr. Amy Chen has consistently demonstrated that children and their needs come first. Amy’s professional and personal experiences will provide the leadership necessary to innovate and turn around declining enrollment. She has the professional background to ensure transparency and accountability for the district budget. I also appreciate that Amy has unique insights into the challenges facing ESL students as she herself learned English in public school after immigrating to the United States.
Angie Simpson is a community member of stellar character with solid, proven leadership skills. I have observed her ability and gift to work with people from many different viewpoints and bring them together. She will be an excellent representative of the community and we can trust her to ask questions, listen and gather data before making decisions.
Mike Dunn has always listened to the community, employees and parents – especially if they are underdogs. As board president, he solved decades old problems. His work as a firefighter prepared him to bear up under the extraordinary pressure that board members are subjected to from time to time.
Please join me in voting for these exceptional individuals.
Sandee Everett, M.S.Ed.