As your school board President, I see past the rhetoric of educational insiders and seek to protect our students and schools. I favor safely reopening schools, classroom reform, school choice, local control, program innovation, and fair taxation. I put student-oriented solutions ahead of platitudes and “feel good” education blather.
I am a parent, engineer, active business executive, and the co-founder of an independent charitable school serving students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I will continue to:
- Limit future Mello-Roos tax by minimizing CUSD debt
- Raise the quality of education for all students including those with disabilities
- Increase enrichment, vocational, and sports opportunities for students, and
- Put our students ahead of the interests of Sacramento education insiders.
A school board member has two roles, 1.) making local policy, and 2.) ministerial support of families, students, and school employees. For eight years, I’ve been privileged to be accessible 24x7 to discuss policy or provide confidential support for a personal problem. My email and mobile phone number are available online. I welcome calls, text, or email and seek to help everyone navigate the CUSD bureaucracy to benefit a student or the schools.
During 2020, I serve as the President of the school board, elected to this position by a majority of fellow Trustees. I am grateful for their support and trust.
In this challenging year, the honor of the President’s position includes a special obligation to serve our wider community, of which the schools are an integral part. Public schools support access to employment for parents, provide protection and meals for children, transportation, education, social, and emotional support for students, including those with particular challenges.
Finally, CUSD is the largest employer in our area, with an annual budget of $500 million. I am committed to maximizing the community benefit resulting from this massive expenditure.
Reelect me, Jim Reardon, to your school board.