EDITOR'S NOTE: Patch is running each Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees candidate's statement on file with the county Registrar of Voters office on consecutive days. One candidate, Don Franklin Richardson, did not file a candidate's statement. Trustee Area No. 2 covers Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch and parts of San Juan Capistrano.
NAME: Jim Reardon
OCCUPATION: Business Owner/Engineer
The current CUSD Board of Trustees has reduced the school year, cut teachers and increased class size. We can’t afford another “all cuts” budget. Now more than ever, our school board must focus on education and not union contracts that protect senior staff.
A change in leadership is needed. Together we can put students first.
I’m a parent, engineer, active business owner and a founder of a successful educational nonprofit. I am able to see past the heated rhetoric of education insiders to protect our students and schools. I favor classroom reform, school choice, local control and program improvement.
I will fight for:
Smaller class sizes,
A quality education for all students, and
Retention of enrichment, vocational and sports programs.
Your tax dollars cannot be wasted. I promise never to vote for a tax increase or extension. WE pay enough tax and Mello-Roos assessments already.
To improve transparency between CUSD and community, we will begin broadcasting our school board meetings. Parents have a right to know how decisions are being made.
Elect me, Jim Reardon, to your school board.