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Eric Wray: ALPINE SCHOOL BOARD Candidate (Incumbent)

ERIC WRAY: ALPINE SCHOOL BOARD Candidate (Incumbent)
Researched by Voter’s Edge
Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters
*Please note that the Alpine Community network does not endorse ANY CANDIDATE. All candidates are welcome to submit information to be posted so the community of Alpine can be better informed.
ERIC WRAY AGE: 49
Governing Board Member, Alpine Union School District
 
As a Governing Board Member of the Alpine Union School District, it has been my pleasure to serve the students, parents, and residents of Alpine for the last 12 years. We have accomplished so much together including increasing test scores, balancing our budgets, school safety programs, and adapting to the 21st century to include a national robotics program, bilingual language programs and new technology programs. We have continued to reiterate the importance of a primary education in Alpine to ensure all school children are prepared for high school and beyond. Alpine School District will continue to innovate while requiring all school children to understand the importance of mathematics, language arts, and science. Together we can continue to grow our local education initiatives into the 21st century and I ask for your support and your vote.
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The statement above was entered into Voter’s Edge on 10/22/2018 by a League of Women Voters volunteer, using the PDF version of a sample ballot prepared by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters:  

Athletic Fields at Joan MacQueen AND a Community Park for Alpine – Dianne Jacobs States There is Financial Room for BOTH

Information submitted by Lou Russo-

The best news for Alpine! A number of ladies (Yolaine Stout, Barbara Murray, Pat Barton and Mary Harris) have been working behind the scenes for a Park for All in Alpine. Friday, Mary got the below email from Adam Wison, on Supervisor Jacob’s staff.  Oh, and UT Reporter Karen Karen Beth Pearlman has been crucial in helping. Give her a shout out also! Read past articles on the proposed Sports Complex & Community Park here

 

“Hi Mary – It was a pleasure chatting with you today. I wanted to re-affirm my responses in writing to the questions you had related to a few items in Alpine:

Alpine Local Park Acquisition:
During this year’s budget process, the County Board of Supervisors approved an allocation of $6.5M for this fiscal year (2018-2019) for the acquisition and development of a community park in Alpine. I’ve attached a page (#512) from the County’s Capital Program which is within the County’s overall budget. You will see it highlights the funding source and total project cost ($13M) as well as provides a general scope of the project. The County is currently in negotiations with a property owner in Alpine to move this project forward.

Joan MacQueen Middle School:
Supervisor Jacob has also expressed interest to assist with the development of athletic fields at Joan MacQueen Middle School. She is willing to help with the funding of this project as well as long as there is a financial partner(s) with matching contributions. I know recently the Alpine Community Planning Group took a vote to recommend the use of $900K of PLDO dollars to help fund this project. I want to remind you that the ACPG’s action is a recommendation to the County and the final decision to use this money is to-be-determined.

Alpine (Overall):
Based on the information above, Supervisor Jacob is committed to both projects. She believes that both projects do not need to compete against each other (i.e. financially) and that the overall uses for both projects can have a balanced approach to reflect the overall park needs of the entire community.

Green Park Initiative:
Supervisor Jacob brought forward an initiative last year to further promote the development of parks in the unincorporated areas of San Diego. In short, the County established a $13M fund to jumpstart a backlog of parks that were stuck in the development process due to old policies prohibiting us from building them. With new policies in place, this is yet another pot of money demonstrating the County’s commitment to building new parks. Attached is the board letter and prospective park project spending plan associated with this action.

NOTE: This $13M fund is entirely separate from the $13M identified specifically for an Alpine Park.
I hope this information is helpful and demonstrates that Supervisor Jacob is well committed to developing world-class park facilities not just in the community of Alpine but in all the unincorporated regions of the County. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any additional questions or comments. Thank you.”

Adam Wilson – Land Use Advisor, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob
619-531-5522

 

TURKEY TROT! Creekside Kindergarten Fundraiser for New Computers, Playground Equipment & More

Alpine’s only Kindergarten needs your help!

Creekside Early Learning Center, our local Alpine kindergarten, is in the midst of a big fundraiser called the Turkey Trot Fundraiser.

It is solely a digital fundraiser. We are trying to raise money for a new computer lab, more chrome books for the classrooms, playground equipment, pay for field trips and assemblies, education technology programs and much more! Your support is vital to the success of our program.

You can also help by easily sharing this fundraiser out to your own network of contacts!  Simply click below to go to the fundraiser page where you can learn more details and support the cause!

Thanks for all of your help! https://www.snap-raise.com/fundraisers/creekside-early-learning-turkey-trot-2018?share_type=email_0&donation_invite_id=24239312

We are also seeking local businesses sponsorships! Donation Deadline is 11-5-18. Please click here to see the business sponsorship flyer with details: turkey trop business Sponsor Flyer creekside

If you have questions you may also contact Donalee Gonzales – Creekside PTA at creeksidekpta@gmail.com

 

 

An Open Letter to Alpine About False Political Mailers – By Lou Russo

October 17, 2018 – Submitted by Lou Russo

Good morning all. I am in Norfolk, VA on business this week.  Back there in Alpine, your mailboxes are receiving the latest round of false slime political mailers about me in the election for Alpine School Board.  They began to appear in our mailboxes two elections ago and I knew they were coming this election, and what they would say.  The same person is responsible and as before, not a single one of the people running against me has stood up to condemn them.

To begin, let me state that the assertions on it are false, as have been the ones on the previous elections.  I am 66 years old and have NEVER been fired from ANY job.  I have never attacked ANY fire victim.  I have lost political races in the past but have NEVER lost a race for the Planning Group.

You may wonder why the same person keeps sending these out, election after election.  You will have to ask him (though I learned yesterday he won’t even admit to doing it).  In the end, he, and my opponents, believe a little bit of political power is worth the lies, worth having my family stared at the walk into Albertsons or Starbucks or anywhere else in Alpine and worth lying to Alpine.

The facts are simple, I can bring the change Alpine needs in our schools, while my opposition can only give you more of the same.  Their record is attached.  My ballot statements for both school board and planning group are attached.

Ask yourself if your schools are better off than they were four, or even two, years.  You know they are not.  You know if my opponents had anything positive, they would present it.  Their false slime flyers shows they don’t. Vote Russo!

 

The West Fire has taught us a lesson that I have known all along…

Development in Alpine must only be done with careful consideration for the fire threat in our area.  Emergency access is essential.  For years I have been the voice of reason on the Alpine Community Planning Group.  My primary concern is the safety of Alpine’s residents and protection of our homes, animals and possessions.  I have consistently stood up for intelligent, safe, development while protecting the private property rights of us all.  In addition, I am the only current planning group member to have worked with a group of residents for a park for all of Alpine, one that has shade, sports fields, picnic areas and a leash-free dog park.  Finally, I was the only current planning group member to have worked with parents to place the lighted crosswalk at Alpine Elementary and the traffic slowing signs at Joan McQueen Middle School.  A vote for me guarantees that you will be represented in planning decisions in our community.  I will not place any special interests above your interests.

 

ALPINE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT (AUSD) HAS BEEN WASTING MONEY

AUSD was sued by San Diego Unified for putting Endeavor Charter School in San Diego Unified boundary.  AUSD lost and Endeavor was shut down with employees losing their jobs!

AUSD sued Dehesa School District over the Heights Charter in Alpine.  AUSD lost.  (Recently Dehesa renewed the agreement with the Heights.  AUSD threatened to sue again!)

AUSD sued Grossmont Union High School District over bond language.  AUSD lost.

AUSD applied to the State Board of Education to break away from Grossmont and have its own Unified District.  AUSD lost.

AUSD had to shut down the district office and move the district headquarters to JMMS….because the office was damaged by a storm and AUSD didn’t have the money to repair it.

AUSD had the buses fail inspections by CHP two times and was on the verge of failing a third time.  AUSD couldn’t afford to fix them and had to contract with Grossmont to run our transportation.  AUSD sold its buses for scrap.  Our children rode on them for two years while CHP said entire transportation department was unsatisfactory and the buses unsafe!

The principal and vice principal at JMMS were illegally changing grades.  When caught, the principal was allowed to resign and the vice principal was sent back to the classroom.  Neither had any adverse action filed with the State as required!

One of the Trustees’ wives was illegally promoted and had to be sent back to her old job.

Federal Department of Education Civil Rights Division in San Francisco currently investigating AUSD over bullying/racial bullying!

Essential staff positions are going unfilled.  In particular, JMMS missing both a vice principal and a librarian.  No vice principal means no one to handle discipline.  No librarian means that school certification at risk because a librarian is required by state certifying agency.

AUSD spent over $1 Million of YOUR taxes in legal fees for the lawsuits/illegal activities!

AUSD is rated as AVERAGE by Great Schools ranking website while Heights Charter and Los Coches Creeks Middle School are rated superior!

AUSD running out of money in October and has to borrow.

AUSD employees, from best principal to best teachers to Chief Business Officer leaving district.

MOST IMPORTANT!  THE CURRENT AUSD TRUSTEES UP FOR ELECTION (DICKIE, WRAY, GUERRA) PROMISED US A HIGH SCHOOL IF WE ELECTED THEM LAST TIME.  WE GOT DEGRADATION OF ALPINE UNION SCHOOLS BUT NO HIGH SCHOOL!

 

*Please note that the Alpine Community network does not endorse ANY CANDIDATE. All candidates are welcome to submit information to be posted so the community of Alpine can be better informed.

 

FREE LIVE MUSIC CONCERT By “Misty and the Moby’s” at Boulder Oaks Elementary School – November 8, 2018

Rock Your Community! LIVE MUSIC at Boulder Oaks Elementary School (2320 Tavern Rd. Alpine)! Appearing Live – “Misty and the Moby’s” FREE and FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY on November 8, 2018, from 5 to 7 pm! Bring your own blanket or chairs and a picnic dinner or purchase tasty treats from a few of San Diego’s most popular food trucks including FOOD DOODS, PIZZA CONES, and BOBO’s MUNCHES ice cream truck. Alpine’s own Cafe 99 will also be there!  Hosted By BOES PTA. For more info please contact Mary Ann Alvarez at 619-445-3236 or email malvarez@alpineschools.net

 

LOU RUSSO Campaign Statement: Alpine Union School District 2018 School Board Candidate

*Please note that the Alpine Community network does not endorse ANY CANDIDATE and has reached out to ALL of the candidates for their statements so the community of Alpine can be better informed.

October 2018  – Lou Russo Campaign Statement – Alpine Union School District is a district in trouble.  It has spent $1 million on legal fees in suits against other school districts, and has lost every one.  It cannot fix its district offices for lack of money.  The district transportation department repeatedly failed inspections by the California Highway Patrol and was on the verge of being shut down when it contracted with another district to take over.  The students in the district rode on unsafe buses for two years.  Parents are taking their children out of the district for other schools, public and charter.  Administrators were illegally changing grades.  The district must borrow money to pay its commitments.  The list goes on and on.  Alpine Union needs change at the top and I am the person who can lead the district to excellence.  Our children should receive every penny of our tax dollars, to make our class size smaller, to make our classrooms safe and to provide the highest academic instruction, for all of our students.

Our children should feel welcomed, be with their friends and look forward to attending school every day.  A vote for me with ensure this is the case in Alpine Union.

 

I am also running for a seat on the Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) …

The West Fire has taught us a lesson that I have known all along; development in Alpine must only be done with careful consideration for the fire threat in our area.  Emergency access is essential.  For years I have been the voice of reason on the Alpine Community Planning Group.  My primary concern is the safety of Alpine’s residents and protection of our homes, animals and possessions.  I have consistently stood up for intelligent, safe, development while protecting the private property rights of us all.  In addition, I am the only current planning group member to have worked with a group of residents for a park for all of Alpine, one that has shade, sports fields, picnic areas and a leash-free dog park.  Finally, I was the only current planning group member to have worked with parents to place the lighted crosswalk at Alpine Elementary and the traffic slowing signs at Joan McQueen Middle School.  A vote for me guarantees that you will be represented in planning decisions in our community.  I will not place any special interests above your interests.

 

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GLENN DICKIE Campaign Statement: Alpine Union School District 2018 School Board Candidate (Incumbent)

*Please note that the Alpine Community network does not endorse ANY CANDIDATE and has reached out to ALL of the candidates for their statements so the community of Alpine can be better informed.

October 2018 – I am Glenn Dickie, President of the Alpine Union School District, and I am running for re-election and seeking your vote. Having served on the Alpine Union District Board for the past eight years, I know the issues and challenges facing our District and am actively involved in identifying and working towards realistic, long-term solutions.  I have taken the time to visit and observe classrooms at all Alpine schools and have worked hard to make our District a destination.

Some of our major accomplishments to date include:

  • Hiring the best Superintendent in California
  • Successful partnership with Alpine Education Foundation
  • Dual Immersion Program – including JMMS
  • Addition of innovative curriculum
  • Wheel of Experts
  • Ready Break Camps
  • Engineering and Coding program – National champions
  • Middle school sports leagues
  • Training for all staff – Profession Growth (Pro Grow) days
  • Math coaches this year
  • Google training
  • New educational technology
  • IXL for all students
  • New computers for teachers
  • New chrome books for the students
  • Increased visibility and enhanced community engagement
  • Security fencing and restricted access on all campuses
  • Raises for staff each of the last two years – 3.8% last year

 

The District is not without challenges, and one of the greatest challenges is technology in the classrooms. The one place that has escaped the productivity miracle of technology for the last 30 plus years is education.  We need to keep up the pace of implementing technology in our schools so we can continue to provide our kids the best educational opportunities available.

Another challenge is declining enrollment, a problem that plagues all East county schools for the past 20 years.  By continuing to add innovative curriculum, we expect to reverse the trend.

 

School safety is an ongoing challenge and of utmost importance. I feel it is important for of us in Alpine to continue collaborating with our parents, community and local law enforcement, and to follow law enforcement’s recommendations. I also feel it is important that many of the intricate details of our safety plans are not publicized. I oppose armed guards on our school campuses, and do not equate the presence of guards with school safety, as some have proposed.

 

I see myself as a consensus builder.  I may not agree with my peers on every issue but believe there is usually a workable solution, and it is my nature to find an agreeable resolution.  I also believe it is ok to disagree and dissent on a vote.  I value each individual’s ideas and contributions and together our different viewpoints make a stronger community.

 

I would like to respond to some previous comments on this site.  In 2014, the Board was struggling with its finances due to years of cuts by the State. The Board decided it could not continue its deficit spending and keep the District solvent and made some difficult decisions.  At the same time, the teachers voted to go on strike. As was reported at the time, we came together and negotiated an agreement that the teachers approved having felt the Board listened to them.

 

Another comment was made about the Alpine Transportation Department being defunct. Again, this was a Board decision made after careful analysis of the facts at the time. It was determined that Grossmont, being a bigger district, has cost advantages due to their scale of operations that Alpine can never achieve. Both Alpine and Grossmont were winners in this decision by the Board.

 

I am a faithful advocate of quality education for our children and a fiscal conservative.   I will continue to fight to keep our schools solvent while ensuring our teachers and staff are treated fairly and with respect.  Allow me to continue to be your representative on the Alpine School Board.

 

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Alpine Elementary School’s Annual HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL – October 19, 2018

ALL ARE WELCOME! Please join us for Alpine Elementary School’s Annual HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 5pm to 9pm. Come and bring the WHOLE FAMILY for a Fun-filled evening! Costume contest, games, fun auction items, food & sweet treats, haunted trail and much more! Alpine Elementary School is located at 1850 Alpine Blvd., Alpine Ca 91901.

Share Your Thoughts About the Future of Alpine Union School District!

October 2018 – AUSD is excited to share that today we launched an online tool called Thoughtexchange that gives you the ability to provide input and ideas.  We will be using this site as part of our process to improve our schools and identify the priorities of our community. The site will provide us the ability to capture the thoughts and ideas about what our community believes are the most important things we need to consider as we plan for the future of AUSD. All comments on Thoughtexchange are anonymous. Please take a moment to share your thoughts. Click on the link below:

https://my.thoughtexchange.com/#419736425

 

Submitted By: Mary Ann Alvarez – Alpine Union School District 619-445-3236

EMAIL: malvarez@alpineschools.net