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Fresno, Monterey County, CA November 5, 2002 Election
Smart Voter Political Philosophy for Estela I. Cranston

Candidate for
Board Member; Coalinga/Huron Unified School District; Trustee Area 2

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To provide a compliant K-12 instructional program designed to deliver research-based programs that are aligned to State Standards and Frameworks

As students returned to the classrooms this fall, it is a good time to reflect on their many accomplishments. The District has embraced the state's higher standards and is determined to help all their students succeed. High School students are taking more challenging courses than they did 10 years ago and the graduation rate continues to climb as we send more student to continue their education at colleges and universities. It is a Board's responsibility to see all students succeed by directing and helping the District in these issues.

It is important that:

  • fifty percent of students at each grade level will score at or above the 50th percentile on the California Achievement Test in Reading, Language and Math. K-1 students will acheive over the 50th percentile on the District Criterion Test in Reading and Math.

  • K-12 teachers will develop priority standards. Elementary teachers will identify essential elements of literacy, and a sequence of math skills. Secondary teachers will place emphasis on connecting standards with the High School Exit Exam through vertical alignment

  • The content standards will be aligned in relation to the High School Exit Exam.

  • The District Master Plan for English Language Learners will be fully implemented and all sites will be compliant with ELD standards.

Provide and Maintain District Facilities which are safe, efficient and have the infrastructure to utilize modern technology.

As the Community and District grows it is up to the District and the Board to ensure that the proper facilities are provided and are safe and suitable for an uninterupted teaching enviroment.

We need to:

  • maintain safe, orderly and alcohol & drug free campuses, which promote learning.

  • Provide infrastructure and technology to enhance learning, teaching and non-instructional operations as we transition to the CSIS.

  • Improve the curb-appeal of each school site to develop student pride in their campus.

  • Provide and maintain facilities to meet the needs of present and future students.

  • Implement the design phase of the modernization approved for the High School, if funded.

Maintain a balanced budget and increase the minimum three percent reserve.

Anything is possible for most School Districts but it takes money and knowing how to manage it to the benefit of each student.

Therefore we must:

  • increase the percent of attendance, over last year, by at least one percent.

  • Write grants to supplement technology needs, after school programs, and student intervention programs for success.

  • Develope a five-year facility plan that will focus the use of developer fees and economically use space available to address growth.

  • Increase the District's reserve when allowable to ensure funds for emergencies and unforseen problems.

It has been an honor for me to serve on the CHUSD Board with the focus of education for all children. Remember "Children are a message to the future".

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