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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Board MemberBrea Olinda Unified School DistrictNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

Brea Olinda Unified School DistrictBoard Member

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Police Detective
7,947 votes (22.1%)Winning
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  • Create a real bond measure that protects seniors and others with low or fixed incomes.
  • Build a communications network that increases access to district decision-makers and encourages input from all Brea residents.
  • Create a teachers spending fund allowing teachers to purchase necessary classroom items without personal expense. Paid for by removal of Health Benefit plan already given to current board members.
Profession:Police Detective
Police Detective, City of Cypress (1995current)
Athletic Director, Brea Junior Athletic Association — Elected position (2014current)
Board of Directors, Children's Learning Center — Appointed position (20102012)
Cal State Fullerton Bachelor of Arts Psychology, Criminal Justice (1994)
Assistant Coach, Brea Junior Athletic Association (2012current)
  • Mayor Pro Tem Cecilia Hupp
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Gail Lyons

Governing Board Member, Brea Olinda Unified School District
7,398 votes (20.6%)Winning
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Kevin J. Hobby

Governing Board Member, Brea Olinda Unified School District
6,048 votes (16.8%)Winning
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  • Ensure a Safe, Respectful, Well-Maintained & Healthy Environment
  • Growing 21st Century Global Thinkers & Leaders to Lead Today & Build Tomorrow
  • Creating Dual Language Immersion Program Kindergarten – 6th Grades
Profession:Governing Board Member Brea Olinda Unified School District
Facilities, Maintenance & Operations, Director II, Garvey School District (2015current)
Owner, Code Consulting Group. LLC (2004current)
Governing Board Member, Brea Olinda Unified School District — Elected position (2008current)
Senior Risk Services Consultant, Alliance of Schools of Cooperative Insurance Programs (20082015)
Oklahoma State University Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology, Fire Protection and Safety Technology (1994)
Member, Parent Teacher Association, Country Hills School and Brea Jr. High School (2010current)
Member, Parent Teacher Organization, Olinda Elementary School (20042014)
Board member, Brea Educational Foundation (20062008)
Member, Birch Street School "New Olinda" Design Committee (20062007)
Olinda Elementay School Site Council member, Olinda Elementary School (20052006)
Email khobby@sbcglobal.net
Governing Board Member, Brea Olinda Unified School District
5,810 votes (16.2%)
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  • Continue innovative 21st century learning Pre-K-12, affording our students every opportunity for academic and professional success. To do this, we must continue the tradition of hiring and retaining the top educators and support staff.
  • Measure K's passage will ensure clean, safe, functional facilities ensuring optimal learning environments where children will want to be.
  • Maintain sound, prudent fiscal practices and policies preparing for an uncertain future.
Profession:Governing Board Member, Brea Olinda Unified School District
Member Assistance Advocate, Association of California School Administrators (2000current)
Governing Board Member, Brea Olinda Unified School District — Elected position (2004current)
Teacher, Principal, and District Office Administrator, Montebello Unified School District (19602000)
California State University, Los Angeles M.A., Administration (1972)
Loyola University Post Graduate Work (1970)
California State University, Los Angeles B.A., Elementary Education (1960)
School Site Council, Fanning Elementary School (not availanot availa)
School Site Council, Brea Junior High School (not availanot availa)
Race Director, Brea 8K Classic (2008current)
Treasurer, Brea Olinda High School Band Boosters (20012008)

Rod Todd was first elected to Brea Olinda's school board in 2004 and re-elected in 2008 and 2012. Prior to his election, he served 40 years in public education. He taught elementary school for 10 years, served as an elementary school vice principal and principal for two and eight years respectively, and a middle school principal for five years. As principal, Rod led Montebello Intermediate School to be recognized as a California Distinguished School and National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. He later served 13 years as principal of Montebello High School and ended his career as a district office administrator for three years.

 

Since retirement, Rod has served as a Member Assistance Advocate for the Association of California School Administrators. He has served on the school site councils of William E. Fanning Elementary School and Brea Junior High School. He has also served as treasurer of the Brea Olinda High School Band Boosters, the director of the annual Brea 8K Classic race, and the school district's representative of the Brea Family Resource Center Advisory Board.

 

Rod has a B.A. in Elementary Education, an M.A. in Administration, both from California State University, Los Angeles, with additional post-graduate work at Loyola University. he holds lifetime California credentials in teaching, adult education, and administration.

 

Rod and his family have lived in Brea for 25 years with two children who attended Brea’s schools.

  • Christine Marick, Mayor
  • Cecilia Hupp, Mayor Pro Tem
  • Kevin Hobby, School Board Member
  • Carrie Flanders, School Board Member
  • Nicole Colon, School Board Vice President
  • Gail Lyons, School Board President
  • Bev Perry, Former Mayor
  • Don Schweitzer, Former Mayor
  • John Beauman, Former Mayor
  • Andrew Todd, Parks, Recreation, and Human Services Commissioner
  • Bill Higgins, Parks, Recreation, and Human Services Commissioner
1.
Funding for Schools

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?

Answer from Rodney "Rod" Todd:

In 2013 the state passed a law defining new methods of funding public education. That method is known as the “Local Control Funding Formula”.

 

What does the new law do?

LCFF gives a certain allocation of money to local districts for each student. Currently, Brea receives an average of $8,172 based on an average daily attendance of 5,712.20. Further, the formula allows more money for districts having students who require extra help.

 

The law has, as most funding laws, strings attached. To validate need, each district must produce a detailed improvement plan, the “Local Control Accountability Plan”.

 

One of the components of the law is that local districts must involve parent participation (especially in special needs programs) and include parent participation in spending decisions.

 

I feel there are multiple keys to parent participation.

Districts cannot simply prepare the LCAP, present it at a board meeting for review and at a subsequent meeting, ratify it, sending the plan to the state.

 

Before those steps take place, early in the school year, districts need to inform parents of the process of developing the plan. Meetings (which could include, but not be limited to, PTA, School Site Councils and academic booster clubs) should be scheduled at sites around the district, be advertised, inviting all interested parties to participate in the process.

 

As the plan is constructed, districts would need to periodically continue district wide meetings sharing ongoing information and eliciting input from stakeholders.

 

 

Validation of data would be derived from such areas as Test scores, graduation rates, attendance statistics and something the state will begin requiring, “level of college preparedness”.

Business Analyst
5,380 votes (15%)
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  • Create a new, transparent bond measure for 2018 to fund our schools responsibly
  • Change how the school board operates to promote a greater emphasis on engagement with the community and listening to feedback
  • Create task forces to tackle important issues based on community feedback, including anti-bullying, special education, arts and music, sports, and technology strategy
Profession:Business Analyst
Business Analyst, Johnson & Johnson (2000current)
Santa Clara University Masters of Business Administration (MBA) , Financing, Accounting, and Technology Management (2010)
New Jersey Institute of Technology Bachelor of Science (BS), Computer and Information Sciences (2000)
1.
Funding for Schools

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?

Answer from Jason Kraft:

The new local control funding formula (LCFF) is a complex topic, but spreading public awareness and understanding is critical if we want to effectively communicate the funding challenges facing the school district.

The district and school board must work together to create high-level, non-technical instructional training materials explaining the impact of LCFF and reach out to the community via school organizations, PTAs, and social media to spread the word. The instructional materials could include self assessment components to test understanding of how LCFF works.

Members of the community should be able to ask questions and discuss LCFF directly with district administration, the school board, and staff at each school either in person or via social media. In addition, regular communication from the school board to the public involving funding decisions should include a summary of how LCFF affected those decisions.

Email jason.kraft@gmail.com
Guest Service Manager
3,315 votes (9.2%)
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  • Safety is my top priority as our schools are in need of major infrastructure repairs.
  • Our infrastructure does not support current and future advances in technology
  • Our classrooms are overcrowded
Profession:Entertainment Manager-Disneyland Resort
Entertainment Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts (1991current)
California State University Fullerton BA Theater Education, Theater Education with a minor in Theater Management (2000)
President, PTA (20152016)
Room Dad, Mariposa Elementary (20092016)
Hospitality Chair , PTA (20132015)
Safety Site Council, Mariposa Elementary (20112013)

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