Silver Aguilar, Chino Valley Unified School District board candidate

My name is Silver Aguilar and I am running for the Chino Valley school board.  I am a life long resident and product of our local schools.  I have been working to make a difference in the lives of children by championing educational issues.
My candidacy reflects making positive changes in our local schools.
My four brothers and one sister all attended and graduated from the Chino Valley Unified School District.  With today’s tough economy, I understand hat now more than ever education is the key to our children’s future success.
I have volunteered over 10 years as a wrestling coach.  My younger brother Jose, whom I coached, won the State Championship from Don Lugo High in 1994.  As a board member, I would continue to produce champions not just in athletics, but in the academic arena for all children.
Volunteer Service includes:
Helped raise money for scholarships for Citizens for Kids Education Foundation a non-profit organization that raises funds for programs and projects that directly benefit the children of the CVUSD, member of the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), Parent Teacher Association (PTA) member for Rolling Ridge Elementary, and a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church of  Chino Hills.
Attended K-12 schools:  Richard Gird Elementary, Ramona Middle School, and graduated from Don Lugo High School in 1993 in the top 10% of my class.  I went on to pursue my academic studies at Mt. San Antonio College and LA Trade Technical College.
Professional Experience includes:
Plant Engineer for the United Parcel Service, one of largest package delivery company’s on the planet, delivering over 4 billion packages a year across our earth’s globe.
It’s time to elect members who will be accountable, practice ethics, integrity and put the interests of Kids First !
My 7 Point Plan to turn our schools around:
1.Provide a safe learning environment.
2.Advocate for students, parents and teacher needs.
3.Raise the academic standards for all students.
4.Maintain fiscal responsibility.
5.Develop more after-school programs, keeping our kids safe and motivated in learning.
6.Reduce district legal fees, which have cost the tax payers millions of dollars.
7.I will also support the opening of the New School in The Preserve. 
I would be honored to be one of your three choices for school board.  Our kids and teachers deserve the best.
The time to Invest in Silver is now! 
Thank you. Silver Aguilar, Silver4kids@yahoo.com

Michael Calta, Chino Valley Unified School District board incumbent

Chino Valley Unified has come a long way since the turmoil of 4-plus years ago. Working together, we created CVUSD’s first Strategic Plan. We focused on student achievement and enhanced academic rigor with increased graduation standards and support. To support student efforts, intervention counselors were added at junior high and high schools, CAHSEE preparation classes are offered, the Algebra Academy was developed, AVID programs were expanded, PIQE (Parent Institute for Quality Education) was introduced, interactive student achievement tracking software was implemented, 4000-plus new computers were placed, Smaller Learning Communities were organized, professional development was enhanced, and more.
To enrich career technical/vocational education and college preparation opportunities, a Health Academy, Nursing training and BioMedical program were created. Culinary Arts, JROTC and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs were added.
The development of a K-12 International Baccalaureate Programme, weighted grades for Advanced Placement classes, and new Mandarin language classes have all worked to enrich students’ educational opportunities.
The results are impressive. API scores continually increase. The achievement gap narrows. Attendance has improved. More of our schools are recognized statewide and nationally. Our communications via CVUSD’s website, our cable Channel 17 programming and automated calling to deliver important school messages is richer. Our grant writing has expanded, recently winning a $1 million grant for Special Education.
Positive accountability has improved, raising employee compensation by more than 13% over 3 years and tying increases to the Superintendent’s compensation to district-wide performance such as improved graduation rates. We reestablished a Relationship Council to openly communicate common issues between employee stakeholders. We strengthened our partnership with parents by respecting their rights to be informed and give consent when controversial supplemental instruction materials are used in the classroom. We reorganized the management of legal services, lowering costs and improving outcomes. We are better prepared for emergencies; allocating specific funds to critical training and supplies.
Going forward, we face challenges. The state’s budget is uncertain. District enrollment is declining as economic demographics shift and the requirements for success in an increasingly complex and demanding world economy continue to compound. CVUSD is absolutely up for the challenge. Thank you for allowing me to be your Trustee within the CVUSD family for the last 4 years. It would be an honor to be chosen to serve for a second term. Together, we are absolutely 4 years better! Congratulations Chino Valley Unified. www.michaelcalta.com.

Fred Youngblood, Chino Valley Unified School District board incumbent

For the past four years I have proudly served our district as a Chino Valley Unified School District board member. It would be a great honor to continue serving. My promise is to continue promoting positive strategic directions from the board that leads to improvements in district operations. My dedication is to quality education for the students of our schools and the betterment of the employees of our district.
I have supported and will continue to support communication with all stakeholders; improvements in the education system at all levels; spending goals that align with the strategic plan; allocation of staff to provide the most effective learning environment for our students; becoming the best employer in the valley.
I am endorsed by all the members of the current board of education; The Associated Teachers of Chino; Gwen Norton-Perry, Chino Hills City Council; Bill Kruger, Chino Hills City Council.
I have served as President of the Citizens for Kids Education Foundation, a member of the “Measure M Committee,” and Chairman of two School Site Councils.  I am currently a Deacon, Trustee, and Sunday School Teacher at my church.  I am married and have three grown children. 
I ask for your vote to continue working for the students and employees of our district.

John H. Pruitt Jr., Chino Valley Unified School District board candidate

I am John H. Pruitt, Jr. seeking the office of Chino Valley school board. My former school board term set the benchmark for strategic successes where API scores dramatically increased and 40% of district schools surpassed the State’s 800/900 API;<WC> <WC1>a 2.0 GPA graduation requirement produced over 2<WC>,<WC1>400 graduates meeting the requirement; and accountability improved in district operations as well as employee performance.
Other successes are the Longevity Clause that repositioned 700 plus teachers to well-deserved income levels. A former superintendent was dismissed with a zero salary pay-out. ACT and CSEA employees’ jobs remained secure by my opposition to personal/political vendettas.
I am an advocate for teaching fundamentals to meet academic rigor which is directly linked to student achievement. I will always support district/employee recognition and parental involvement.
Despite wayward opposition, attempts to discredit my character and efforts to cover-up wrongdoing, I exposed corruption and criminal activity in the Chino Valley school district.
The current school board has not performed responsibly:
1 The Board ignored Fair Political Practice Commission regulation 18702.3 subsection A and gave away $50,000 for the defense of board member Bobby Grizzle on criminal charges by the District Attorney. The Board failed to act as prudent trustees; and was negligent for not following government regulations, possibly an illegality.
2 The Board gave the superintendent a raise when 36% of district schools did not meet API (Academic Performance Index) targets, but maintains the superintendent was evaluated on performance. What performance criterion is more important than student achievement? The Board failed to hold the superintendent accountable.
3 The superintendent gave notice to school administrators for not meeting API targets. The Board failed to hold the superintendent to a performance standard compatible to school administrators on notice.
4 The Board waived a third year algebra course when 7% of the student senior population had not (yet) met course requirements, and failed to uphold academic rigor for 93% of the seniors meeting course requirements.
5 The Board failed to address why 12 of 20 experienced and highly specialized speech and language pathologists reluctantly resigned.
6 The Board failed to oversee the opening of the Preserve school due to poor planning and poor judgment.
7 The Board failed to approve a policy regarding yearbooks and graduation accessories without the perception of bribery and kickbacks.
Vote John Pruitt on November 4 to restore the critical focus for board accountability!