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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.As such, Schneider says, he has experience in crucial areas like finance, curriculum and personnel. And coming from a family that has been in Whittier since 1914, he says he feels “service to my community is an obligation. “I believe the most important relationship in education is the one between students, teachers and parents,” Schneider said. “My top priorities are to increase the focus on student achievement, increase articulation with the elementary school districts, and support artistic and academic excellence.” While Jacobs says one of the biggest challenges ahead for the district is a decline in student enrollment – which will lead to cuts in state funding – Carmona is more concerned with student standards and parent involvement. “I believe I can make more of an impact being a coach and parent,” said Carmona, who founded the nonprofit Whittier Baseball Club and whose son graduated from Whittier High. “I was a volunteer coach for seven years at the district, and I have more insight on how things work than most politicians do,” he said. “I would like to see teachers get paid more money, I’d like to see the (grade-point average) for sports go from 2.0 to 2.5, and mandatory hours for parent involvement.” WHITTIER – There’s always room for improvement – even at the Whittier Union High School District, where campuses have earned several kudos over the years for a rise in student achievement. At least that’s the opinion of four candidates vying for two open board seats at the 13,000-student district, which voters are being asked to fill in Tuesday’s elections. The Whittier Union board hopefuls are parent/coach Jesse Carmona, 48; businessman Harry Jacobs, 66; incumbent Ralph Pacheco, 52; and teacher Tim Schneider, 61. Schneider and Pacheco are the only candidates with school board experience, as Schneider was an elected trustee in the South Whittier School District for 18 years. Jacobs, who has 28 years of experience in education from high school to graduate school, owns a grant-writing business that he said may come in handy over the next few years when enrollment starts to drop. “We have faculty, administrators and a wonderful superintendent to lead us into an era of our history that is going to be very challenging,” he said. “I see greater diversity in our student body, smaller numbers coming into high schools, and increased academic challenges,” Jacobs said. “And we will continue to make this district one of the most outstanding high school districts in California.” Pacheco, an educational consultant, has been on Whittier Union’s board for 16 years. “As a community, we can be proud of our students and schools over the last four years,” Pacheco said. “Many persons have been involved in the success we’ve seen – the superintendent, the board, administrators, staff, teachers and community supporters. “And I’m pleased to share that our hard work has paid off for the kids,” he added. “Whittier Union is a dynamic district, and it prepares students for their future with a rigorous curriculum.” Schneider and Pacheco have received a slew of endorsements from local elected leaders, as well as a nod from the district’s teachers’ union, the Whittier Secondary Educators Association. Jacobs has also lined up numerous endorsements, including those of Whittier City Council members Bob Henderson, Owen Newcomer and Greg Nordbak, as well as Rio Hondo College trustee and Montebello Police Chief Garry Couso-Vasquez. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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