It’s al­ready elec­tion day, so what bet­ter time to ex­plain my own en­dorse­ments in the race for WCCUSD school board. Maybe not. Consider this more of a con­fes­sion than an en­dorse­ment at this point.

There are four can­di­dates for two slots:

Randy Enos
Todd Groves
Antonio Medrano
Robert Studdiford

I’ve been pretty clear about my sup­port for Todd for a while. He’s some­one who is us­ing his re­tire­ment to not just vol­un­teer but to ac­tu­ally lead in bring­ing key con­crete pro­grams into schools. So far, it’s been the Writer Connection and a new mid­dle school math ini­tia­tive. I’ve al­ways been im­pressed with his in­tel­li­gence and in­ter­est in aca­d­e­mic is­sues. He also has a great way of just ig­nor­ing di­vi­sive­ness around him and just get­ting on with the busi­ness of serv­ing stu­dent needs (a skill I could be bet­ter at). It would be good to have some­one with his mind on the board. (He is 5 for 6 in main in­sti­tu­tional en­dorse­ments.)

Enos and Medrano are kind of a toss-up for me for the other slot. Medrano seems more open to re­form, but he’s too wed­ded to the con­struc­tion pro­gram and end­less bond mea­sures. Enos is an ex-teacher and ex-prin­ci­pal who can bring that kind of per­spec­tive. He’s also a mod­er­ate per­son, so even in cases like char­ter schools, where he doesn’t re­ally sup­port them, he can be re­lied on to be fair. So, if I have to choose, I choose Enos.

Studdiford is the can­di­date I’ve known the longest, but also the one I rate the low­est. He is re­ally un­suited to be in this po­si­tion. He’s be­ing cooler in the run-up to the elec­tion, but he has gen­er­ally been im­ma­ture, bel­liger­ent, and very them-vs.-us. I al­ways get the feel­ing that he’s not quite all there. He’s also not that knowl­edge­able out­side of school con­struc­tion.

His ma­jor ac­tiv­i­ties have been de­fend­ing the con­struc­tion pro­gram and sup­port­ing his hero, Charles Ramsey. This has turned into large do­na­tions from the in­ter­ests he was sup­posed to be over­see­ing on the bond over­sight com­mit­tee (in­cluded the no­to­ri­ous Seville Group in­dicted for their ac­tiv­i­ties in the Sweetwater dis­trict) and a lot of politi­cian en­dorse­ments. This gives him a good chance. The only up­side to his elec­tion would be a great in­crease in the en­ter­tain­ment value of board meet­ings.

WCCUSD School Board Endorsements

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  • November 6, 2012 at 5:33 am
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    For me, two votes were easy. Yes on Groves, No on Studdiford.

    I went back and forth on Medrano and Enos, and then chose Enos for the three fol­low­ing rea­sons:
    1. Medrano is the sta­tus quo – the race to the mid­dle and build build build.
    2. Medrano never re­sponded to my con­cerns about the Ed Code vi­o­la­tion re­gard­ing the miss­ing data on the SARC doc­u­ments. These pub­li­cized doc­u­ments ex­ist for the pur­pose of help­ing par­ents and tax­pay­ers un­der­stand how their money is be­ing spent. He should have shared my con­cerns, but ap­par­ently, he just goes along with the su­per­in­ten­dent and dis­trict staff. He for­got who he is sup­posed to be rep­re­sent­ing. I am now learn­ing from some folks that the dis­trict might be get­ting “cre­ative” with how they are re­port­ing some of this in­for­ma­tion on the SARCs. It was Medrano’s job to en­sure trans­parency and ac­cu­racy of in­for­ma­tion, of which both are cur­rently ab­sent.

    3. Lastly, Medrano said if Hercules wants their con­cerns to be heard, they need to have some­one run for school board. Medrano for­gets that he is an “at large” rep­re­sen­ta­tive, that the en­tire dis­trict is his re­spon­si­bil­ity, mean­ing he should oc­ca­sion­ally get in his car, and with the help of his GPS, lo­cate Hercules, and come lis­ten to our con­cerns.

    With Randy Enos, we will have some­one who does un­der­stand the machi­na­tions of the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. He seems like some­one who will lis­ten to all, in­clud­ing Hercules.

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