The upcoming school board election will shape the future of the Claremont Unified School District for years to come. The state budget cuts for education have been severe. Careful consideration and thoughtful fiscal planning will be essential to maintaining the high quality of education our children deserve and on which our future depends. Over the past years, I have demonstrated proven leadership abilities, financial expertise, broad community involvement and the passion needed to help guide the District now and lay the groundwork for its future.
I am a founding partner of Fukagawa Stark and Associates, providing investment advisory service through National Planning Corporation. I manage the financial futures of individuals, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. With over 24 years of experience, I have gained the knowledge and expertise to manage assets more than twice the budget of the Claremont School District.
Today’s reality is that the District must do more with less while finding ways to build a financial cushion — just as families need to save for emergencies or opportunities. This requires a leader with financial experience, who understands financial statements and balance sheets; one who can ask hard questions and is adept at planning to help ensure wise decision-making now for financial stability in the future.
My community service record is strong. I served as treasurer for the Claremont Community Foundation and for Claremont AYSO. I was a member of the Finance Committee for Pilgrim Place and the Claremont Unified School District Asset Advisory Committee.
I have been fortunate to work with many passionate and committed individuals to make Claremont a better place to live. I co-chaired the committee that successfully passed the Measure Y School Bond, bringing approximately $48,900,000 into the District and served on the executive committee of the Save Our Schools Campaign, which raised over $650,000 in five months. I am a founding member of the Claremont Senior Foundation and chaired the Investment Committee.
My vision is not limited to effective financial planning. I support the efforts of those working to develop productive instructional strategies that meet the individual needs of all our children. I pledge to support our teachers and staff to foster personal and academic excellence, innovation and professional development.
My wife Christine and I were raised in Claremont, and our three children have all benefitted from the Claremont public school system. I hope you will consider my leadership and experience, and support me with your vote on Nov. 3.