I have had the privilege of serving as a Board Member for the Bonita Unified School District for the past 17 years. My family has lived in San Dimas for 33 years and both of my children are proud graduates of Bonita Unified.
I come from a family where service and volunteerism were taught and expected. After returning from World War II, my father joined the Los Angeles Fire Department, where he served for over 34 years. He was also a Little League coach and assistant Scoutmaster. My mother was a den mother, team mom and strong supporter of PTA. I joined the Los Angeles Fire Department and served for over 35 years, with 23 years as a captain.
When my oldest child started kindergarten, my wife and I made the decision to be as involved as possible in his education. I volunteered in his classroom, taught fire safety and stop, drop and roll to years of elementary students. My work schedule allowed me to spend more time at school than most working parents at a time when there were not many dads volunteering in the classroom.
From there, I became a member of the school site council and then served as chairperson. I was also elected the first male PTA president in Bonita, a position I held for three terms. I continued to volunteer at school up until my youngest child graduated, serving as head chaperone for Grad Night at Disneyland.
Over the last 25 years, I have continued to volunteer in many different positions in and out of the District – such as coaching San Dimas Little League, supporting District and community arts programs, raising funds for enrichment and athletic programs – and was honored to receive the Golden Oak Award, PTA’s highest award for service to children.
Why I Ran For Bonita USD School Board
As I spent more time in the classroom over the years, I became aware of issues within the District and began to hear more concerns from parents and staff alike. Those same staff and parents encouraged me to step up and run for the School Board. Lack of transparency, favoritism, and hiding money in the budget were at the top of the list.
Once elected, I found there was no hiding of funds, but a definite lack of transparency and communication about a variety of issues, which had created mistrust with the community.
One of the things I am proudest of during the subsequent years is the way our District has become very transparent and improved communications with everyone, creating more positive relationships with the School Board, teachers and staff, parents, stakeholders and communities at large. You can read more about the progress we’ve made as a District, and how I hope to further that progress, on the next page.
Every single decision I have made and will make in the future is based on one simple premise: Is this decision the best possible choice for our children?
I am asking for your vote on November 3rd to re-elect me to the Bonita Unified School District Board of Education.
Bonita Unified is a remarkable District, supported by wonderful students, outstanding staff and involved parents. Together we can continue to help Bonita Unified reach new levels of excellence.