BARSTOW • For the first three days of the week, the Desert Dispatch is providing 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 or altered other than to comply with the word limit.
What would you do about the district's budget issues?
Retired BUSD administrator
Both certificated and classified bargaining units must agree upon a district wide plan. Principals must have sincere meetings with their staff. Classified leaders must meet with classified employees and administrative leadership must also confer about their ideas. The Superintendent and staff must submit input along with some County Office guidance. Using all parties mentioned, channeled through the superintendent's office, a budget can be constructed. The Superintendent should arrange community input with parents and business leaders.
In dealing with the budget cuts, I will review all available resources and make every effort to see that any waste is eliminated and look for areas where there may opportunities to improve operational efficiencies. Where actual cuts have to be made, I will exercise my vote on the board for equity, with personell and reducing school opeerations, closing schools and larger class sizes, and any other operational cutbacks needed.
All Challenges must be met with priorities and solutions that affect the classroom directly. All actions must be addressed fairly so that students and staff will experience less disruption in the educational process. Budget issues must be met with a teamwork approach that will accept input from all concerned. I believe that displaying a positive caring attitude will motivate students, staff and board members to achieve the standards expected of them.
Because I believe all students deserve good quality education, I will continue to ask tough questions and ensure that the student needs are my first priority. My budgeting priorities: make class sizes smaller; protect the complete educational experience including extra-curricular activities; look at the administrative structure with an aim to identify and eliminate unnecessary costs. With achieved savings, put some of that in the classroom, a place that the district's core focus needs to.
Being a businessman and having worked with a County reviewed budget before helps me better understand the budget process. I know what it is like working within the confines of a shrinking budget and know how to get the most "bang for my buck" so to speak. My understanding will be a huge asset to the Board. I will work hand in hand with all interested parties to make a better District for everyone.
Retired maintenance supervisor
If elected, I will do all in my power to work with staff, principals, administrators, parents and other interested parties in the community to improve the job our schools are doing. I hope to bring a common sense approach to problems that we all can use to reach our goal. We cannot fail our children because they are the future of our community and country.
Alone I could do nothing. At the school board level it takes three to tango. I was against elevating the director's positions to Asst. Sup. positions. I was for lowering cabinet salaries when they became vacant. I am for increasing ADA with quality vocational education classes and having our own magnet programs/schools. At my last Board Meeting I advocated eliminating all staff Workshops and sweeping that money into general fund all I could ...