During the next three days, the Desert Dispatch will run responses to several questions put to candidates running for two seats on the Barstow Unified School District Board of Trustees. Each day, answers to a different question will run. The candidates were given a word limit, and their responses have not been edited.
Tell us about yourself and your history with the district.
Retired BUSD assistant superintendent
I have lived in Barstow 64 years. I attended local schools and graduated from Barstow High in 1958. I worked for Safeway Stores and the Santa Fe Railroad. I attended Chaffey and Barstow Junior Colleges. I received my Bachelor Degree and Master in Business Education from Northern Arizona University. I taught at Barstow High and became Assistant Principal. I was Principal at Central High and retired as Assistant Superintendent for Barstow Unified.
I have been a Barstow area resident for over 35 years. I pastor a church in Hinkley and am a small buisiness owner with a cabinet and furniture shop, build and repair. I have two children, seven grandchildren, and 11 great grandchilldren. My son graduated from Barstow in 1981, my granddaughter in 2002, and I have a great grandson in the second grade now. I am invested in the community and the school district.
A resident of Barstow for over 60 years, I attended Barstow Schools graduating in '63. I've been employed by the district as is my wife and some family members. As a student and employee of Barstow College, I've served on several committees in the district. I'm currently serving on the Advisory Committee (7-11) which will give advice regarding Barstow Intermediate School. I hold graduate degrees from Cal State Los Angeles and USC.
Born/raised in a Christian home in Barstow, I am deeply rooted in the community. I am a single mother, grandmother, and an advocate for education. I am a graduate of Barstow High School and Barstow Community College and employed at Barstow Community College. I am the Vice President of the school board with five years experienced as an effective member with leadership skills to get the job done. I have always put children FIRST.
Good morning I am Ben Rosenberg. I am 44 years old and have been married 15 years to my lovely wife Patricia. We have two girls, 10 and 12, attending school in the District. I have a limited history with the District, but have been attending school board meetings for the past 6 months in order to familiarize myself with current issues. If elected I will be able to hit the ground running.
Retired maintenance supervisor
My name is Gene Stoops and I moved to Barstow in 1957, with my parents and two to younger brothers. I graduated from Hinkley School in 1963 and then Barstow High School in 1967. I started working at the school district in 1983, and retired in 2009. I was the maintenance supervisor the last 13 years. As part of the business department I was very involved with budgeting and working on making the job fit the money.
I began in 1980 when I answered an add for math teachers at BUSD in San Diego. T.J. Owens was the principal at the time. Gotta respect that man even though we butted heads and I resigned at the end of the school year. Wood shop and asst. football opened at the high school and T.J. recommended me for the both positions. I had a great two years before I moved on to Silver Valley.