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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Ventura Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Lou Cunningham

4,236 votes (5.54%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Bring my skills, knowledge and experience to the board.
  • Be a voice for all of the community.
  • I will do all I can to help the district in these changing times.



Ventura Mobile Home Rent Review Board, City of Ventura — Elected position (2016–current)
Board member, Ventura Education Partnership — Elected position (2014–current)
Board Member, Tax Oversight Committee Ventura Unified Schools — Elected position (2014–current)
Board Member, Poinsettia Pavillion — Elected position (2011–current)
Superintendent of Photography, The Ventura County Fair — Elected position (2013–current)



7341 Van Buren Street Ventura, CA 93003


2009: to present Retired






• Oversaw the facilities, maintenance and operations of the district’s six high schools and the adult education program. 


• Oversaw and implemented the deferred maintenance program, developer fee program, IPM program and the Labor Compliance Program (LCP) for the district of 16,000 students and a staff of 1300. 


• Oversaw the development and construction of all new facilities including Pacifica High School that opened in the fall of 2001, a $2,000,000 swimming pool at Oxnard High School that opened in the spring of 1999. Designed and constructed the new Pacific View Community Day School that opened in the fall of 2003, and the construction of a new $2,000,000.00 Swimming pool at Rio Mesa High School that opened in the fall of 2004.


• Supervised the installation of 10 relocatable classrooms in 1997, and the relocation of four buildings and the installation of three new buildings in 1999 for the Adult Education program.  


• Created and constructed the new Frontier High School in 1997 (installed 16 relocatable classrooms, moved 6 other buildings and modernized the office facilities and existing classrooms) in a seven-week time frame. 


• Coordinated the planning, purchasing and installation of 33 relocatable classrooms, for growth and replacement of non-DSA buildings in 1998, and the installation of 28 relocatable classrooms in 1997.  


• Oversaw the $45,000,000 modernization of four of the districts six high schools using district and State funds • Worked with the DTSC, CDE, OPSC and DSA. to get the new school site and plans approved for construction of Pacifica High School.






• Analyzed needs and developed long term planning and construction of schools. • Priorities for custodial, grounds, water conservation and recycling for the district. • Accomplishments include: author of a successful recycling program, initiator of an effective water conservation program, creator of a district-wide custodial inspection and         awards program  • Responsible for management and planning for 115 custodial and grounds employees.  • Author of the 1990-1991 VUSD Disaster Plan.  • Served on the District Management Team for classified negotiations 1990-91 • President of the VUSD Classified Managers Association 1991 




• Ventura County Grand Jury 2009 to 2011(Alt. Forman 2011) • Elected to California Local Agency Formation Commission (CALAFCo) 2011 to 2013. • Alternate Public Commissioner on the Ventura Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) (2005 to 2009) and 2013 to 2015.  • Public Commissioner on the Ventura Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) 2001 to 2004. (Chairman 2003) 2009 to 2012 (Chairman 2011) and 2015 to 2016. (Chairman 2015).  • City of Ventura Mobile Home Rent Review Board 1995 to 2008, Chairman 1999 to    2008. • Director III for the Southern Section of CASBO 2002. • Charter President, Central Coast Chapter, Intentional Maintenance Institute, 1986. • Regional vice-president, Intentional Maintenance Institute, 1989-1991. • President, V.U.S.D. Classified Management Association, 1990-1991. • Member of the Committee on Water Conservation, City of Ventura 1990. • Member of the Water Advisory Committee, City of Ventura, 1991-1992. • Member of the Planning Commission for P.A.P.A. Professional Association of Pesticide Applicators, 1991-1998. • P.A.P.A. Board of Directors 1994-1998. • P.A.P.A. Board President 1998-1999.




Present Community Service Activities 

• Kiwins Advisor FHS 2011-2015, St. Bonnies 2013-2015  • Board of Managers Ventura YMCA 2011 to 2014 • Board of Directors Poinsettia Pavilion 2011-2016. Chairman 2013-14. • Superintendent of Photography Ventura County Fair 2011 to present. • VUSD Parcel tax Oversight Committee 2014-2017 • Ventura Education Partnership Contributor and Board Member • Pier into the Future Contributor and Board Member • City of Ventura Mobile Home Rent Review Board 2016





I have received formal instruction in the following areas:

Electricity, plumbing, welding, refrigeration, HVAC, energy management, architectural drawing design drafting blueprint reading, mechanical drafting, budgeting, water conservation and pesticide management, bargaining unit contracts and negotiations. All local, state, and federal safety regulations, including OSHA, Cal OSHA, SB198, rule 210, SIMS, SB 2260, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.


In 1996-1997 I completed the ACSA School Business Managers Academy.


In 1999 I received the Educational Facilities Planning Certificate from UC Riverside.


In 2003 I completed courses in Controlling Construction Cost and Managing Construction Projects at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



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  • Gary Frick , OD
  • Jim Duran, The River Community
  • Ventura Chamber PAC

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