When I graduated from High School I could not afford to go to college and pursue higher education. Fortunately, I was able to find success because I was taught basic trade skills by a mentor. Using those skills, I was able to get a job in construction and eventually work my way up to manager.
Students that graduate with career-ready skills like I did are well positioned to find a good paying job and make a living for themselves and their families. Escondido is fortunate to have some really exceptional career tech programs ranging from a renowned culinary arts program at Orange Glen High School to award winning Future Farmers of America programs on all our campuses. As a school board trustee, I have made supporting career technical education a top priority and will continue to do so if I am re-elected. We can deliver life changing skills to our students so that every Escondido public school graduate is ready to succeed in the real world.
Rising pension costs and declining enrollment have forced the district to make tough choices in the past several years. It is critical, now more than ever, that we have a board that understands the budgeting process and acts in a way that protects the long term financial health of the district. We must continue to seek creative solutions that allows every Escondido student to enjoy a world class education while not overburdening taxpayers or putting future generations at risk.
Far too often, there is a severe disconnect between teachers and administrators as a result of tense employment negotiations. I have always tried to bridge that gap on the school board and worked diligently to come to contract agreements that work for everyone. My wife is a public school teacher and I full heartedly understand and appreciate the tireless work and passion that our district’s teachers and employees bring to our campuses each and every day. I am committed to ensuring that our teachers and support staff are compensated in a way that reflects the dedication and commitment they bring to our campuses.