John Avila, Pomona Unified incumbent

Having retired from PUSD after a long career, I am able to devote full time to being a School Board Member. My wife, Dona, and I have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Dona is a retired PUSD Art Teacher; all of our children have college degrees. Our family places a high value on education.

My education includes a BA from the University of Northern Colorado, a<WC>n<WC1> MS from Cal State University LA, an Administrative Credential from Claremont Graduate School, and Doctorial Studies in School Management at the University of La Verne.
My career experience and community involvement are great assets to me as a Board Member.

I served as a teacher at Emerson Middle School, Pomona High and Garey High and was the Principal at Allison, Barfield, and Kellogg Elementary Schools. I was an Administrator with Intergroup Education and then Adult and Career Education.
I was elected to the School Board in 2001 and re-elected in 2005, serving as Board President in 2004, 2005, and 2008.

I have served as President or Chairman of several groups: PACE, the YMCA, Breakfast Optimists, Community Senior Services and the St.<WC> <WC1>Madeline’s Parents Guild. I have been a member of Youth Employment Services, the Pomona Chamber of Commerce Education and EXPO Committees, the Pomona Charter Review and Sister Cities Committees, TelePal, Friends of the Band, Friends of the Library, CTA, NEA, APT, and ACSA.

Awards I have received include the PTA Honorary Life Membership, Optimists Friend of Youth, Educator of the Year, Who’s Who in Education, and Newsletter of the Year. I served in the military in the USMCR.

Our Schools made great progress over the last several years.

Superintendent Melendez guided our schools toward greater academic achievement and helped direct great strides in community engagement and involvement.

Despite State financial cuts, we maintained District Arts and Athletic programs, continuing our pursuit of excellence.

This progress was made possible only by the cooperative efforts of the School Board, Administration, Teachers, Classified Employees, and Parents.

My goal is to continue this team effort to ensure that our School District improves on the progress we have made to recruit, train, and retain the best Teachers and Administrators available to manage our classrooms and schools. We need to build on our successes.
We know what succeeds, and we cannot afford to go backwards when our goals are in the future.

John Avila
Pomona

Adrienne Konigar-Macklin, Pomona Unified incumbent

First, every child has the right to succeed and we must keep the needs of our students first. Pomona School District has made tremendous strides; increasing test scores, partnering with businesses, developing trade career paths and increasing our educational offerings. The November passage of School Bond Measure PS made possible the refurbishment of many schools this summer and air conditioning of our oldest school, Lincoln Elementary. Innovative educational programs have been created and schools have been reconfigured to meet the needs of students and parents. As a Board, we have worked collaboratively to eliminate waste and demand fiscal accountability. We have also worked to create greater transparency within the District. For the first time, we held community forums to receive input on the selection of a new Superintendent and we have created a community budget committee to provide input on the District’s budget and fiscal priorities.

Second, although we have accomplished many things, the work before us is not without challenges. As the State struggles to balance its budget, unfortunately school districts, which are reliant on the State for funding, have been subjected to unprecedented cuts that appear to continue. Since 2008, PUSD has lost approximately $49 million dollars, and while we managed to avoid massive cuts by using one-time federal funding to save the jobs of teachers and support personnel, next year promises to be fiscally difficult. It is imperative that we let our voices be heard in Sacramento and ask our legislators to make education a priority. We also need to explore new and inventive funding sources that allow us to maintain and create educational programs in PUSD that will allow our students to excel and are attractive to parents.

Third, reducing the dropout rate, keeping teachers and support personnel, closing the achievement gap, having safe schools, reasonable class sizes, and maintaining art and athletic programs are all important to the success of our District. It is now more important than ever to maintain stability and continuity in the District.

Finally, as a school law attorney for over 22 years and an active parent in community and school district activities, My experience and commitment to the children of PUSD will assist me in continuing to serving our District well. I believe that I have worked to make a positive difference in the lives of PUSD students. Working together, we can continue to build on our successes.

Adrienne Konigar-Macklin
Pomona

Hank Mollet, Pomona Unified challenger

Education is about opportunity. Our students have the opportunity to learn how to think and to grow into productive members of our community.

Teachers, administrators, and support personnel need to be provided the respect that comes with their great responsibility to provide that opportunity. We must seek the input of parents, other community members, and the students in maintaining and improving upon the great work that has already begun to create the best opportunity for the wonderful diversity that forms our communities.

The Pomona Unified employees persevered in the face of a massive lay-off that was, thankfully, rescinded. The employees, students, and parents of Pomona and Diamond Bar deserve a board that will not make hasty decisions that harm the students and employees of the district. We deserve a board that will ensure that the various people involved in the educational process are included in the decision making process. We need a board that will support the opportunity that school provides and ensures the respect that everyone deserves.

As a teacher, I know the issues surrounding education and am able to ask questions about the budget and programs of the district and understand them from an educational perspective. As a parent, I want to ensure that every child has the best opportunity to succeed. As a community member, I want to promote Pomona and Diamond Bar by providing the best trained students who will be ready to jump into whatever career or college they want to attend.

I have been endorsed by the teachers, the AFL-CIO, and the Pomona Valley Democratic Club. Please join them in supporting my campaign, and vote Hank Mollet on Nov. 3.

Hank Mollet
Pomona

Andrew Wong, Pomona Unified incumbent

Andrew Wong is the President of the Pomona Unified School Board.

Four years ago, he promised to find ways for our kids to receive a well-rounded education. He promised to keep a close eye on District spending and cut any waste. And he promised to do everything possible to keep our kids safe at school.

And over the past four years, that’s exactly what he’s done.

He brought in Superintendent Thelma Melendez, who has done an excellent job, but unfortunately is leaving to join President Obama’s Administration. Andrew is committed to making sure her replacement is every bit as capable.

He’s approved new Math and Science programs. He helped bring in new athletic fields to our campuses. And he’s been a strong promoter of arts and music education.
He has led the charge to root out wasteful spending everywhere he’s found it. And over these last four years, he has saved the District tens of thousands of dollars because of his watchful eye.

Always committed to making sure our kids learn in a safe environment, Andrew helped re-write the District’s school volunteer fingerprinting policy ensuring no one who might do harm to our students ever gets on campus.

Re-Elect Andrew Wong.

Andrew Wong
Diamond Bar

Roberta Perlman, Pomona Unified challenger

I have been an advocate for the children of PUSD as a parent, community volunteer, business owner, and vocal supporter of quality education and fiscal accountability for the past 17 years. Fulfilling the educational needs of every child of our District is my goal. As your School Board member, I will promote policies to address each child’s needs — whether they have learning differences or excel in the classroom — emphasizing the values and skills necessary to prepare them for future success in college and career.

I am committed to providing innovative, quality, educational programs and technology/computer training that will prepare our students for 21st century careers. I understand the importance of offering a variety of educational options, from AP classes to technical education to arts/music programs. This will keep our students engaged and motivated. We must effectively address the achievement gap, and need quality academic and career counseling to help identify the needs/interests of each student. Setting high expectations for academics and behavior, and promotion of strong character traits, such as honesty and responsibility, should be a priority.

Our children must feel safe at school and we must promote policies that create a positive learning environment. I will work to eliminate current barriers that restrict our ability to offer our children varied educational/extracurricular opportunities.

All available funding must be directed to the children and classrooms.

As your School Board member I will promote policies that recognize the importance of our parents, teachers, students and community in the educational process and ensure that we all have a voice in budgetary and educational issues. Teachers are the cornerstone of our children’s education and I am proud to have received the endorsement of the PUSD teachers association. Our schools should serve as the center of our communities, offering programs that address school/personal safety, career choice, pregnancy/gang/drug prevention and literacy. Our efforts to support our community should include quality Adult Education programs. We must be sensitive to the specific needs of each community within our District.

As an active community volunteer and current President of the Pomona Unified Council of PTAs, President of the Panther Pride Parent Association, founder of Reading Under the Stars Literacy program, tax representative – Measure PS Citizen’s Oversight Committee, and an active member of the Pomona Youth and Family Master Plan, I have proven my commitment to the children of our District and to the residents of our community.

Roberta Perlman
Pomona

Frank Guzman, Pomona Unified board challenger

Student, Consultant, Teacher, Parent, PTO President, Volunteer and Community Member. These are some of the roles I have played in the years that I have been associated with PUSD. These roles have prepared me for my role as Governing Board Member.
I remember roaming the halls of many Pomona schools as a student.

Having teachers, administrators and support staff pat me on the back and offer words of encouragement. It was the staff of Pomona Unified that helped shape who I am today. I care about our staff.

As a Consultant and an ROP Teacher, I have been able to work with the students and staff to offer that same encouragement that was once offered to me. I have learned so much from both the students and staff. I will continue to learn.

As a parent, volunteer and PTO President, I have had to deal with many issues and roadblocks that face our children. We are encouraged to take an active role, yet discouraged when we do just that. We need not be silenced when it comes to our children and their education. I have put countless hours into my kids’ education, raising funds because the district isn’t taking care of their responsibility. As your Board Member, I will to do the same for your kids.

I pledge to fight for what is right and to always keep our kids’ interest at heart. Our kids are our future and we need to do everything possible to encourage and nurture their educational needs.

It is time that we put the kids first. It is time that the district supports the programs that they put in place. I will fight to make this happen.

As a community member, I want Pomona and Diamond Bar to flourish. We need to be a leader in education. If our families are leaving the district, I will find out why and I will do everything possible to retain our families.

What I plan to do, will not be easy. We will need to work together to accomplish our goals. I will need to listen to my constituents, to be an effective leader. I will listen and we will be successful.

On Nov. 3, stand alongside me and demand change from PUSD.

Demand to be heard, demand Frank Guzman!

I am Frank Guzman, the Teachers’ Choice and the Parents’ Voice. I ask for your vote.
Frank Guzman
Pomona

Robert S. Torres, Pomona Unified challenger

Dear Parents,

I’m running for school board because Pomona Unified School District needs a fresh new start and a new direction. We need a school board that gets back to basics and deals with our school dropouts, gives our students the skills they need to be successful in the future, and that makes budget decisions that keep the cuts away from classrooms.

According to Education Data Partnership, last year over 500 district students dropped out of school. This is unacceptable! Studies show that children who graduate from high school are less likely to become involved with gangs, commit crimes, and are less likely to have unplanned teen pregnancies.

All students deserve our attention.

I support preparing young people for college or career by emphasizing the basics (math, reading, and writing) while adding skills for the future.

Students these days need computer skills, teamwork, critical thinking as well as vocational and technical training. I will also promote skills that will prepare them for life by teaching them responsibility, respect, and discipline.

Students will be the priority in all decisions I make, and I will insist on fiscal accountability. We do not need to invest our precious district money on consultants to produce fancy brochures. We need to make budget decisions that protect our teachers, school employees, after school programs, and services that keep our kids healthy and safe.

As a college student, community volunteer, and appointee to a Pomona city commission, I will lead the fight to keep our students in school, provide students the resources and support they need to graduate from high school and be ready for college or a career, and make sure budget decisions are not made at the expense of our children. For too long administrators and board members have been in charge while students and parents have been told to do the bake sales and pay more taxes.

Our kids only get one chance at a good education and we must do everything in our power to make sure that they have the tools necessary to succeed.

I am proud to have the support of U.S. Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano, State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod, Assemblymember Norma Torres and the Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014. I will be honored to have your support.

On Nov. 3, please join me in standing up for our children’s future.

Robert S. Torres

www.Torresforkids.com