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LWV League of Women Voters of California
Orange County, CA November 5, 2002 Election
Smart Voter Political Philosophy for Pam Walker

Candidate for
Board Member; Ocean View School District

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I believe that ALL children deserve a quality education and that good schools benefit the community by increasing property values. This means providing qualified teachers, up-to-date materials, modern equipment and clean, well-maintained schools. As a board member I strive to maximize district resources to meet these needs WITHOUT RAISING TAXES. We have celebrated many successes during my tenure:

  • OVSD was the 1st school district in Orange County to reduce all kindergarten through 3rd grade classes to 20 or fewer students utilizing he Class Size Reduction Program.
  • 14 of our 15 schools received California Distinguished School recognition.
  • 1 school recieved a prestigious National Blue Ribbon School award; only 175 schools nationwide were recognized.
  • Music programs were established at all schools; all 4middle schools have instrumental & vocal music instruction.
  • Over 1600 computers have been placed in classrooms.

By leasing closed school sites instead of selling them we have developed a $1.6 million income stream and insured space for future growth. Long-term planning has maximized the benefits from these funds along with grants and other NON-TAX REVENUES.
  • We kept a 10-year promise to build gymnasium/auditoriums on all 4 middle school campuses.
  • All libraries have been upgraded and 4 new library buildings have been added.
  • A preschool and an adult education center were opened at Oak View School in cooperation with UCI and HBUHSD.
  • Safety and communications were improved by installing telephones in every classroom.
  • All campuses have been painted, carpeted and improved.

We have just begun! If elected I will:
  • Continue our 10-year plan of school modernization WITHOUT INCREASING TAXES.
  • Protect the Class Size Reduction Program.
  • Address challenges of implementing new federal programs.

Our award winning district is a cornerstone of the quality of life in this community. I have made a commitment to ensure the legacy of excellence in the Ocean View School District and with your support I will continue to contribute to its success.


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