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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Board MemberNew Haven Unified School DistrictNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

New Haven Unified School DistrictBoard Member

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Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (44/44).

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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Who’s Running?

You can vote for 3 candidates of 5 total candidates.
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Program Manager/Educator
13,853 votes (27.92%)Winning
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  • Enhance emphasis on S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Promote Supportive & Safe Environment
  • Increase Parent & Community Engagement
Profession:Program Manager
Program Manager, Cisco Systems, Inc (2013current)
Payroll & Staffing Manager, Kaiser Permanente (20122013)
University of California, Santa Cruz Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bioinformatics (2005)
Member, Sahaita.org (2013current)
Member, Kid's Zone (2016current)
Member, East Bay Women's Political Caucus (2016current)
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Lance Nishihira

Businessman/Educator
10,002 votes (20.16%)Winning
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  • Ensure that all students get access to 21st Century skills
  • Focus on attraction and retention of the best teachers to reduce class sizes
  • Make sure that classroom and school environments make our kids feel safe and secure
Profession:Educator/Technology Executive
Business Owner/Educator
9,136 votes (18.41%)Winning
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  • Narrow the achievement gap in school performance to raise the college admission rates for all groups of students
  • Build stronger programs to embrace cultural diversity and fight bullying in our schools
  • Improve parental participation in school board decision making
Profession:Educator and Business Owner
Email jeff.wang.ca@gmail.com
Incumbent
9,052 votes (18.24%)
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  • Improve graduation rates
  • Close achievement gaps
  • Expand education programs, such as Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM)
Profession:Marketing Professional
Marketing Consultant, Critical Info (2002current)
School Board Member, New Haven Unified School District — Elected position (2012current)
School Board Member, New Haven Unified School District — Appointed position (20112012)
San Jose State University Bachelor of Arts, Advertising (current)
Volunteer and Committee Lead, American Cancer Society, Union City Relay for Life (2008current)
Various roles: Communications Director, At Large, Currently Vice President, New Haven Schools Foundation (2011current)

I have served as a New Haven School Board member for the past five years and I was board president in 2015.  I am also the board representative for the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). I was the co-founder of the New Haven Boosters Association, which raised money for New Haven schools in order to retain co-curricular programs.  I have served on school site councils at Kitayama Elementary School, Cesar Chavez Middle Schol (also Chairman) and James Logan High School (also Chairman).  I am a long time board member of the New Haven Schools Foundation and currently serve as Vice President.  My wife, Lorrene, and I have three children all three of which attended and graduated from New Haven Schools.

  • Eric Swalwell, U.S. Congressman
  • Richard Valle, Alameda County District Supervisor, District 2
  • Bill Quirk, CA State Assemblymember
  • Bob Wieckowski, CA State Senator
  • Sarabjit Cheema, New Haven School Board Trustee
  • Linda Canlas, New Haven School Board Trustee
  • Carol Dutra Vernanci, Mayor, Union City
  • Pat Gacoscos, Union City Councilmember
  • Lorrin Ellis, Union City Councilmember
  • Emily Duncan, Vice Mayor, Union City
  • Eileen MacDonald Trustee, Alameda County Board of Education
  • Pat Danielson, Trustee, Washington Hospital Board
  • Tri-City Democrats
  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • New Haven California School Employees Association (CSEA)
  • Barbara Aro-Valle, Former, New Haven School Board Trustee
  • Gertrude Gregorio, Former, New Haven School Board Trustee
  • Tommie Lindsey, Director James Logan Forensics Program
  • Gary Singh, Candidate, Union City Councilmember
  • Bob Garfinkle, Former Union City Mayor and City Council Member
  • Jenn Stringer, Former, New Haven Unifed School Board Trustee
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 Michael Ritchie:

New Have School Board and district staff have enthusiastically embraced the state’s Local Control Funding Formula and Local Control and Accountability Plan.  These efforts include involving community members at each school site and a collective effort district wide to provide input on our funding formulas and metrics on student outcomes.    The board has directed staff to provide regular extensive reports showing progress towards reducing achievement gaps and increasing graduation rates for all monitored sub-groups.  

1.
Common Core

Comment on your district’s implementation of the common core standards?

Answer from Michael Ritchie:

New Haven has fully embraced implementation of the Common Core Standards.  Implementation includes extensive teacher and staff training and integration into our Local Control Accountability Plan.

2.
Proposition 51

Do you support Proposition 51 ($9 Billion Bond for school construction and maintenance? Please explain your reasons for supporting or not supporting this Proposition.

Answer from Michael Ritchie:

Yes, I am in full support of Prop. 51.  While our own district has recently passed a school bond measure, we are only able to implement a portion of the facility upgrades identified in our master plan.  As I know investment in education has slowed over the last number of years, I am certain with appropriate safe-guards and policies included in the measure, Prop 51 funds will put to excellent use state-wide. In my view, education should be one of the very top priorities for state funding.  

3.
Bullying

What are your plans to deal with bullying in schools?

Answer from Michael Ritchie:

The goal for our district is to eliminate all bullying and other forms of harassment and discrimination.  Teachers and staff are trained to identify and halt bullying, harassment, etc.  District staff are aware elimination of bullying is a top board priority.  A system is also in place to lodge and track complaints.

4.
Student Stress

There have been several studies that indicate that the high school students are under a tremendous amount of stress.  What can you do to help alleviate that?

Answer from Michael Ritchie:

Several programs and methods exist to help New Haven high schools students deal with stress.  Our large high school is divided into three houses for more personal attention by staff and teachers.  Students also have the option to attend still smaller schools or programs (including Conley Caraballo, Institute for Community Leaders, band, forensics, athletics, various clubs, etc.)  that provide even more adult support.  Students also have access for additional support from the community health clinic, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center.

Email info@ritchieforschoolboard.com
Incumbent
7,444 votes (15%)
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  • Re-open Barnard-White Middle School as a magnet school that addresses the needs of the community- such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) or Social Justice
  • Develop “Maker Spaces” district-wide where our students can learn, be creative and then visualize their ideas using the latest tools such as 3D printers, CAD Software, laser cutters and small programmable computer and robotics kits
  • Continue to strengthen Career Technical Education offerings for students not only those entering directly into the workforce but also going to the military and college
Profession:Incumbent | NASA Education Specialist
Education Specialist, NASA Ames Research Center (2000current)
School Board Trustee, New Haven Unified School District — Elected position (2000current)
San Jose State University Masters Degree, Education: Instruction Technology (2001)
San Jose State University Teaching Credentials, Life Sciences (1995)
San Jose State University Bachelors Degree, Psychology: Group Dynamics with a minor in Child Development (1993)
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 Jonas Dino:

New Haven is different than any other district in the Bay Area with our specific strengths and challenges and local control of funding allows the district to address these needs. The district has implemented an campaign to let parents and community members learn about the district’s implementation of local funding control priorities with numerous meetings at the school-site and district levels.

1.
Common Core

Comment on your district’s implementation of the common core standards?

Answer from Jonas Dino:

New Haven is committed to the success of implementing Common Core Standards (CCS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teaching staff is developing new CCS and NGSS curriculum with the skills gained from a district-wide program of staff development and coaching.

2.
Proposition 51

Do you support Proposition 51 ($9 Billion Bond for school construction and maintenance? Please explain your reasons for supporting or not supporting this Proposition.

Answer from Jonas Dino:

At first glance, I'm in support of Prop. 51. I'm generally insupport for any measure that helps public education. I will continue to carefully weigh the pros and cons of the measure and will make my final decision before election day.

3.
Bullying

What are your plans to deal with bullying in schools?

Answer from Jonas Dino:

Bullying, physical, verbal and online will not be tolerated. NHUSD has implemented staff training to spot and stop bullying and policies and programs to address the needs of victims and perpetrators.

4.
Student Stress

There have been several studies that indicate that the high school students are under a tremendous amount of stress.  What can you do to help alleviate that?

Answer from Jonas Dino:

Being the largest high school in Northern California makes the James Logan High School a daunting prospect for the district’s high school students but New Haven has various ways of helping decrease that stress. The school is broken up into 3 houses that gives students a particular set of adults that they interact with, there are many activities that students can join to help strengthen ties to the school and the district has implemented a school culture that inclusive and does not tolerate bullying. If Logan is still too big, we have Conoly-Carabello High School which is a school of choice and options like independent studies.

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