Helen M. Hall, Walnut Valley Unified incumbent

Because of my strong commitment to quality education, I am seeking re-election to the Board of Trustees. My sixth term as a Walnut Valley Unified District board member has allowed me to be an advocate for the student and to contribute too many of the district’s outstanding accomplishments. I am especially proud of my shared achievements with the WVUSD:
– California Distinguished Schools
– 98 percent graduation rates
– International Baccalaureate Program at Walnut and Diamond Bar High Schools
– Diamond Bar High Calculus ranked No. 1 in the nation
– API scores above 800 for all schools in the WVUSD
– Exceptional Performing Arts and Athletics Programs
– Prodigious achievements in Math and Science
– Continue to keep the district fiscally sound during the current state budget crisis
– Diamond Bar High and Walnut High School ranked top schools in the nation

Background: Employed as Information Systems Manager for City of Fullerton, Board Member, School District 1985 to Present, California School Boards Association 1985 to present, Delegate Assembly Representative for California School Board 1998 to present, Government Relations Chairman for California School Board 1999 to present, Board Representative R.O.P. 1998 to present.

I believe all students can learn. It is my commitment and challenge to continue to strive for improvement in community involvement, communication, school safety, and greater opportunities for all students. It is the district’s vision, and my personal commitment, that our measure of success will be graduating seniors who are sensitive, culturally aware, and 100 percent literate.
Helen M. Hall
Diamond Bar

Cindy Ruiz, Walnut Valley Unified incumbent

As your School Board Member, it has been my honor and privilege to serve you. These past eight years have allowed me to advocate for a quality education, safe schools, and accountability to parents, even as we continue to face a challenging budget with revenue cuts due to the state’s financial crisis.

Proudly sharing District’s accomplishments:
– National Blue Ribbon Schools
– California Distinguished Schools
– Top AP Calculus Program, Diamond Bar HS
– Top International Baccalaureate Program, Walnut HS
– Walnut and Diamond Bar HS recognized as country’s top schools in Newsweek Magazine
– Primary Years International Baccalaureate Elementary School programs
– All schools exceed State API scores of 800 with 8 exceeding 900
– Superior rated Performing Arts and Athletic Programs
– New construction at all schools
– 21st Century Technology Master Plan
– Responsibly managed district budget even during state financial crisis.

Parent of Walnut HS student and graduate, spouse Diamond Bar teacher, community homeowner 21 years, real estate agent, Walnut Valley Educational Foundation Director, Masters in Governance graduate, past Board President, Vice-President, and current Board Clerk, Walnut Chamber Citizen of the Year 2002 and Volunteer of the Year 2005-2006, Regional Chamber of Commerce-San Gabriel Valley Chairman’s Award 2007 and 2008, Mentor and Lead Volunteer for the American Cancer Society, ESGVU-Walnut Relay For Life.

My Belief — All students have the right to a quality education. My Vision — Prepare all students to compete in a global society with 21st Century skills. My Commitment — Excellence, integrity, accountability, safe schools, balanced budget and honest government.

Vote Cindy Ruiz.
Cindy Ruiz
West Covina

Nancy Lyons, Walnut Valley Unified incumbent

Education is facing its greatest financial challenge in decades.

Nancy Lyons has balanced a budget every year, while keeping Walnut Valley “Kids First Every Day.” Her proposal to make better use of textbooks saved $1.5 million over three years and preserved critical teacher and staff jobs.

Walnut Valley is the highest performing district in the valley. Just released state and federal testing scores back this up. All schools scored at or above the statewide performance target of 800 with eight of 14 schools, including two middle schools, scoring over 900.

Diamond Bar and Walnut High Schools have once again been named among America’s best high schools in the report issued by U.S. News & World Report. Both schools are recognized as Silver Medal schools in the “2009 Best High School Search.” Diamond Bar High received the only 2008 Siemens Award for the state of California for Advanced Placement (AP) math, science, and technology. Two Walnut Valley elementary schools, C.J. Morris and Castle Rock, have achieved status as prestigious International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program schools. The elementary students learn with a world view in mind and also take lessons in Spanish as well as Mandarin Chinese.

Nancy visits each of Walnut Valley’s schools at least once a year, observing teachers in their classrooms, conferring with the school principals and inspecting facilities to ensure they are safe and properly maintained.

Nancy is an active member of several parent groups, including the Chinese American Parents Association, the Brahma Foundation and regularly attends school events/showcases at all of the 15 schools.

Nancy will keep funding cuts away from the classroom. She will work to reduce the “achievement gap” for all students regardless of race. She will increase funding for foreign language and music and arts by vigorously pursuing grants; not tax increases. Nancy will work to increase the use of technology for students and parents.

As a classroom teacher at Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Economics from Pitzer College and an MBA from Cal State Fullerton, Nancy knows business and education.

Nancy Lyons is endorsed by Congressman Gary Miller, State Senator Bob Huff, State Assemblyman Curt Hagman, Supervisor Don Knabe, Diamond Bar Mayor Ron Everett and Council Members Carol Herrera, Wen Chang and Steve Tye, and Walnut Mayor Mary Su and Council Members Nancy Tragarz, Joaquin Lim and Tom King
Vote for Nancy Lyons on Nov. 3.

Nancy Lyons
Diamond Bar