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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Board MemberCastro Valley Unified School DistrictNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

Castro Valley Unified School DistrictBoard Member

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  • 100% of precincts reporting (95/95).

About this office

Members establish educational goals and standards, approve curricula and the district’s budget, approve various purchases and renovations, and appoint the superintendent of schools.
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Castro Valley Unified School District, Governing Board Member
11,268 votes (24.84%)Winning
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  • It is important to maintain prudent financial stewardship to enable CVUSD to excel. The Board must continue to be fiscally conservative and increase the district’s reserves. It is also critical that there are the necessary resources for learning,
  • Priority must continue to be given to retaining and recruiting quality staff throughout CVUSD. Staff members have a great impact on a child’s academic success and our district’s culture is to support and nurture our own.
  • CVUSD has recently completed a strategic plan that I support wholeheartedly. I encourage you to review our vision, goals, core values and priorities at www.cv.k12.ca.us.
Profession:President, Castro Valley USD Board of Education
Governing Board Member, Castro Valley Unified School District Board of Education — Elected position (1995current)
University of California, Berkeley Bachelor of Arts, German (1977)

I believe that my experience, knowledge and passion for public education are exceptional credentials for your vote on November 8th.  I have served as President of the California State PTA as well as Vice President of Leadership and Education.   I have held many positions statewide such as: P-16 Council, EdSource Board, Center for Reading Advancement Board, Education Coalition and local positions; President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer-Alameda County School Boards Association, Chairman-Council for the Prevention of Drinking and Driving, President-Castro Valley Education Foundation.  In addition, I have earned a Masters of Boardsmanship and Masters of Governance from the California School Boards Association.

 

  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Assembly member Bill Quirk
  • East Bay Women's Political Caucus
  • Nate Miley, Alameda County Supervisor
  • Frank Mellon, East Bay Municipal Water District Board
  • Evolve California
  • Gary Howard, Trustee Castro Valley Unified School District
  • Jim Fitzpatrick, Retired Superintendent
  • Kunio Okui, Retired Board Member
  • John Barbieri, Retired Board Member
  • Jim Negri, Retired Superintendent
  • Janice Friesen, Retired Board Member
  • George Granger, Retired Board Member
  • Ellen Corbett, Retired California State Senator
1.
School Spending

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?

Answer from Jo A.S. Loss:

As required by the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) law, the Castro Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) developed a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) based on input from all stakeholders including parents, staff, students and community members.  The LCAP is an in-depth explanation of the initiatives and programs funded under LCFF to ensure that all students are college and career ready.  The goals outlined in the LCAP provide the measures for success and are examined by the staff and board regularly throughout the year.

Summaries of the LCAP have been distributed throughout the community in multiple languages and posted on the district website.  Staff is encouraged to share the goals and summary with families and initiate conversations at PTA/parent club.  The Board of Education aligns its goals with the LCAP and receives regular updates from staff that are publicized throughout the community by a district email newsletter.

CVUSD is committed to communicating often and concisely with our community because LCFF is complex and the district has not received the large increases in funding that some of neighboring districts have.  It is critical that our community understand how the board is allocating the LCFF revenue and to ensure that the funding is improving the education of all students in Castro Valley, especially the students identified by LCFF.

I have served on the Castro Valley School Board for twenty-one years and am very proud of our schools and the School Board’s positive impact.  Castro Valley Unified School District has become a “district of choice” where families seek to enroll their children and are a source of pride for our whole community.  In June, the community’s voters approved a $123 million investment in their schools, a great vote of confidence in the Board of Education.

I believe that my community has continued to trust and re-elect me because I am a passionate champion for education.  I am a thoughtful, prepared board member and keep each child's academic achievement at the forefront of every decision made.

I am involved in the community in many ways and have made an investment for almost 30 years to make Castro Valley a wonderful environment for families and children.

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Lavender Whitaker

Parent/Environmental Supervisor
11,090 votes (24.45%)Winning
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Monica Lee

Attorney
8,698 votes (19.18%)Winning
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  • My priority is to insure that the Castro Valley Unified School District continues to provide an excellent education for its students.
  • A second priority is to insure that district resources are being used efficiently.
  • A third priority is to insure that all the students and teachers in the district have the tools they need to succeed.
Profession:Attorney

I have been active as a parent volunteer in the Castro Valley schools for the past ten plus years.  As the parent of Castro Valley elementary and middle school students, I served as PTA President, Vice President, Secretary, and Parliamentarian of the Jensen Ranch Elementary School PTA.  I served on the school site councils for both Jensen Ranch and Creekside Middle School, on the Superintendent’s Parent Leadership Group, and on the Superintendent’s Committee regarding overcrowding in the elementary schools in the eastern part of Castro Valley. 

I currently work as the Broker Liaison for an intellectual property law firm.  Prior to joining that firm, I worked as a contract attorney with several Fortune 1000 corporations as clients. She also counseled individual inventors in licensing and government contracting matters. Prior to that, I was Associate General Counsel for a research and development company, where I worked on licensing, real estate, and government contracting matters. Earlier in my legal career, I was a law clerk for the New Hampshire Superior Court, a Staff Attorney for a court management consulting organization, and an associate attorney with a firm specializing in municipal law.

As government at all levels has finite resources, I believe it is important to keep your highest priorities in mind at all time. The education of our future generations is as important as anything we do. I also think it is important to address our needs today while remembering to plan for tomorrow. 

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Deputy Probation Officer
7,978 votes (17.59%)
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  • Maintain Quality Education in our schools.
  • Support our excellent teachers.
  • Provide a safe and secure environment for our kids to learn.
Profession:Deputy Probation Officer
Deputy Probation Officer, Alameda County Probation (2001current)
Exec Vice President, Independent Elementary School PTA., PTA — Elected position (2015current)

Education and public service are the top priorities for me. All three of my children are students in the Castro Valley School District, which provides our children with excellent educational opportunities in a safe, diverse learning environment. Taking care of our teachers in Castro Valley is essential, as they are the lifeblood for the future success of our children. I personally understand the value of a good education, as evidenced by the Bachelor of Science degree that I earned in criminal justice and the Master of Arts degree I hold in counseling psychology.  At Independent Elementary School, I have been elected twice to serve as the executive vice president of the PTA, working directly to benefit every child and enhancing our school. As a deputy probation officer in Alameda County, my job is to protect our diverse community and to rehabilitate the offender. I am also a proud son of Special educatiion teacher who retired this year after 22 years of service. As a trustee of the Castro Valley Unified Board of Education, I promise to be honest, fair, and transparent, and to work tirelessly to improve the educational standards of our children. I will use my experience in the legal system and dedication to public service, to give each child an equal opportunity to excel in our schools. 

 

  • CVTA, Castro Valley Teacher's Association
  • Frank Mellon, East Bay Mud Board director
  • Eric Swalwell, U.S Congressman
Retired Nuclear Engineer
6,167 votes (13.6%)
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  • Ensure best decisions are made by CVUSD about administrative positions, teacher relations, parental involvement, better communication with the community, facility developments and their financial obligations, especially after the approval of Measure
  • Ensure Classroom spending is done for offering better education, various courses in science, art and music for students.
  • Ensure spending for low-income and special students require help.
Profession:Required Nuclear Engineer
Senior Engineer/Principal Regulatory Engineer, General Electric Hitachi Nuclear Enerfy, LLC (20002012)
Quality Assurance Manager, North Carolina Department of Environmental, Health and Natural Resources (19951997)
Senior Engineer-Project Manager, Carolina Power and Light Company (Progress Energy) (19821994)
Nuclear Engineer, United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (19801982)
Engineer, General Electric Nuclear Energy Division (19761982)
The North Carolina Board of Registration For Engineers and Land Surveyors, Raleigh, North Carolina Professional Engineer Certification - Number 11230, Mechanical Engineering (1983)
San Jose State University, San Jose, California Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering (1974)
San Jose State University, San Jose, California Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering (1974)
Life Senior Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1976current)
Senior Member, American Society of Quality (1990current)
Class Room Volunteer and PTA Volunteer , Jensen Ranch Elementary School, Castro Valley, California (2012current)
Merit Badge Counselor, Boy Scout Troop 789 / SFBSA Council, Castro Valley, California (2015current)
Executive Member - Safety Committee and Common Area Committee, The Community of Palomares Hills, Castro Valley, California 94552 (2013current)

 

I have always put a premium on education. I completed a BS in Mechanical Engineering in India, and was the first person from my family to attend college.  Soon after immigrating to the US (California) in 1970, I completed a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University. My education allowed me to become a Principal/Senior Nuclear Engineer at General Electric.


 

I have worked with several major private companies (General Electric, Progress Energy etc.), City of San Jose, State of North Carolina, and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission where I have collaborated with people from all walks of life, ethnicity and income.  I have significant experience with managing projects and seeing them through.

 

 

I retired from General Electric in 2012.

 

 

 

Volunteer Work at School

 

I have two grand children attending public schools in Castro Valley. Their education is so important to me that I have been volunteering at Jensen Ranch Elementary School and diligently attending PTA meetings and participate in the PTA events for over four years. Quite often, the teacher's request me to volunteer for reading fluency, school library and the computer labs. I will always be there for them.  I do it to help improve the young students educational experience. I believe strong elementary education builds a stronger foundation for students.


 

Volunteer Work in the Community

 

I am a mentor and merit badge counselor for my grandson’s Boy Scout Troop 789 in Palomares Hills Community in Castro Valley.  The guidance and encouragement for our scouts to earn higher ranks encourages them to earn their maximum potential. This will inevitably lead to creating wonderful Citizens and future leaders.  I have been serving as executive member on the Community of Palomares Hills Safety and Common Areas Committees for over three years as well.


 

MY FAMILY

 

My wife and myself live here in Palomares Hill Community in Castro Valley. We have two sons Amit and Ajay.  Ajay with his wife Karina resides in Costa Mesa, California. Amit, Seema and their two sons Akshay and Ashir have been residing in Five Canyons Community in Castro Valley since 2004. Ajay and Amit attended public schools in Maryland and North Carolina.

 

 

My son Ajay Gupta was appointed by President Barack Obama as Senior
Advisor to The Administrator for Center for Medicare and Medical Services in 2012. Currently he has been working at Evolution Health.

 

My son, Dr. Amit Gupta, MD has been working at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland. He has been participating in several committees in the Castro Valley Unified School District.

 

 

My younger grandson Akshay is in 5th grade at the Jensen Ranch Elementary School in Castro Valley.

My older grandson Ashir is in 10th grade at the Castro Valley High School in Castro Valley.

  • Alameda County Youth Democrats
1.
School Spending

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?

Answer from Suresh C. Gupta:

 

I would ensure spending is done as planned. I would call for a special board meeting, invite community members (teachers, parents and other community members) and explain funding and how spending will be done and monitored.  A current example is the recent passage of Measure G.  We would of course create an interest group composed of the relevant parties to manage and track outcomes for the new funding.  There would be periodic meetings to present work and outcomes.

 

Education is My Passion

 

I have two grand children attending public schools in Castro Valley. Their education is so important to me that I have been volunteering at Jensen Ranch Elementary School and diligently attending PTA meetings and participate in the PTA events for over four years. Quite often, the teacher's request me to volunteer for reading fluency, school library and the computer labs. I will always be there for them.  I do it to help improve the young students educational experience. I believe strong elementary education builds a stronger foundation for students.

 

I myself have always put a premium on education. I completed a BS in Mechanical Engineering in India, and was the first person from my family to attend college.  Soon after immigrating to the US (California) in 1970, I completed a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University. My education allowed me to become a Principal Nuclear Engineer at General Electric.

 

 

I would like to see as many students as possible complete high school and pursue higher education to maximize their potential. We all know there are students who struggle for a variety of reasons and even drop out from high school. As a board member, I would help reduce gap achievement and minimize the student dropout rate.

 

 

 

Diversity

 

Castro Valley consists of students of many different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. It is the diversity that provides both opportunities and challenges. I have worked with several major private companies, city, state and federal governments where I have collaborated with people from all walks of life, ethnicity and income.  I have significant experience with managing projects and seeing them through.  As board member, I hope to share my life experiences and thoughts to increase access to all students in our district.

 

 

 

 

Community Involvement

 

I am a mentor and merit badge counselor for my grandson’s Boy Scout Troop 789 in Palomares Hills Community in Castro Valley.  The guidance and encouragement for our scouts to earn higher ranks encourages them to earn their maximum potential. This will inevitably lead to creating wonderful Citizens and future leaders.  I have been serving as executive member on the Community of Palomares Hills Safety and Common Areas Committees for over three years as well. I would seek to ensure that good measures are taken by CVUSD regarding administrative positions, positive teacher relations, and active parental involvement through better communication with the community.

 

 

 

Financial

 

I would seek to ensure classroom spending is done for offering better education, various elective courses in science, art, music, and vocational activities for students.  Extra resources will continue to be allocated for low-income, English as a second language (ESL), and students with special needs to lower gap achievement. As a nuclear engineer, I value a strong science and math curriculum, but I understand that a well-rounded education includes literature/language, sports, art and music.  We are trying to assist in the development of accomplished, respectable young adults.  Personally, I have two grandchildren attending public schools in Castro Valley. I regularly experience the positive impact a strong school community makes on students in leading them to a path of success.

 

 

 

Safety of Students and Staff

 

With so much happening in schools around our nation, we always need to ensure safety and security of students, teachers and CVUSD staff. As a board member, I would ensure safety and security programs are enforced in each school in collaboration with local law and enforcement organizations.

 

 

 

Community Involvement

Summary

Volunteer work in the community. What I would do as a board member.

I am a mentor and merit badge counselor for my grandson’s Boy Scout Troop 789 in Palomares Hills Community in Castro Valley.  The guidance and encouragement for our scouts to earn higher ranks encourages them to earn their maximum potential. This will inevitably lead to creating wonderful Citizens and future leaders.  I have been serving as executive member on the Community of Palomares Hills Safety and Common Areas Committees for over three years as well.

I would seek to ensure that good measures are taken by CVUSD regarding administrative positions, positive teacher relations, and active parental involvement through better communication with the community. Thus, our district will continue its rise to prominence.

Education is my Passion

Summary

Volunteer work in the Jensen Ranch Elementary school and higher education benifits. What I would seek as a board member.

I have two grand children attending public schools in Castro Valley. Their education is so important to me that I have been volunteering at Jensen Ranch Elementary School and diligently attending PTA meetings and participate in the PTA events for over four years. Quite often, the teacher's request me to volunteer for reading fluency, school library and the computer labs. I will always be there for them.  I do it to help improve the young students educational experience. I believe strong elementary education builds a stronger foundation for students.

 

 

 

I myself have always put a premium on education. I completed a BS in Mechanical Engineering in India, and was the first person from my family to attend college.  Soon after immigrating to the US (California) in 1970, I completed a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University. My education allowed me to become a Principal Nuclear Engineer at General Electric.

 

 

I would like to see as many students as possible complete high school and pursue higher education to maximize their potential. We all know there are students who struggle for a variety of reasons and even drop out from high school. As a board member, I would help reduce gap achievement and minimize the student dropout rate.

Diversity in the Castro Valley Unified School District area

Summary

Diversity in Castro Valley and my experience with diversity. What I would seek as a board member.

Castro Valley consists of students of many different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. It is the diversity that provides both opportunities and challenges. I have worked with several major private companies, city, state and federal governments where I have collaborated with people from all walks of life, ethnicity and income.  I have significant experience with managing projects and seeing them through. 

As board member, I hope to share my life experiences and thoughts to increase access to all students in our district.

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