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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Coronado Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board MemberFull Term

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Julie Russell

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3,718 votes (33.24%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Students First Focus: Ensure educational student focus for the next generation.
  • Increased transparency, information disemination, and input from all stakeholders through easily available communication tools.
  • Smart fiscal management, through "best practices" and prioritization of long and short-term priorities for students.

Experience

Education

UCLA Anderson Business School, full-time program Masters of Business Adminstration, full-time program, Masters of Business Administration (MBA) (1998)
US Coast Guard Academy, New London CT BS and US Coast Guard Commission , BS, Applied Science & Commission in the United States Coast Guard, Ensign (1989)

Biography

The reason I hope to serve on the CUSD School Board is two-fold.  First, I believe in contributing to my community. Second, as a parent of two current Coronado High School students, I am fully invested in our community public schools.  As a mom, I understand first-hand how district policies impact my children's day-to-day education.  

 

I strongly believe it is critical to have parent representation on the board, so that parents, together with teachers and administrators, can ensure a quality education for our children.

 

My education and professional experiences would allow me to be a fully contributing board member.  I graduated in 1989 from the US Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Chemistry (class 15% women) and was commissioned an Officer in the Coast Guard.  My Coast Guard assignments included sea duty on a 378-foot Cutter, working as a duty officer in a Coast Guard Search and Rescue Center, and various Coast Guard Internal Consulting and Educational roles.  In 1996, after having served seven years active duty, I resigned my commission to pursue my Masters of Business Administration at UCLA.  I worked as a strategic consultant for Deloitte, until leaving the workforce to focus on part-time self-employment and staying at home with my children.

 

I recognize that school boards often wrestle with resource allocation and competing fiscal demands.  I feel comfortable in this environment, given my substantive professional experiences and formal education.  Addtionally, I would describe myself as a "connect the dots," type thinker and action orientated individual.  These characterists have served me well in life.

 

I think the most significant challenge facing CUSD is the need to continually provide students a quality education for the 21st century.  In some cases, this may mean college prep classes.  In other cases, a more flexible schedule to allow students to pursue activities for development that might be outside or in addition to core educational subjects.

 

Just think, a good percentage of the jobs that our children will hold as adults do not even exist today, thus, requiring new skills.  Our children will work in a globally competitive environment and will need to continuously learn, problem solve, and work with technology.

 

As a result, we need to ensure that the education students receive from Coronado schools provides a solid foundation that can be built upon for a lifetime.

 

CUSD has some wonderful community partnerships.  I hope that the role of partnerships expands to address not only budget issues, but more importantly, wide exposure for our students.  For example, San Diego is a national, primary hub to the biotechnology industry.  We should consider partnerships with this industry, introducing our children to biotechnology through field trips, career-day, internships, and/or lab equipment.  There are numerous examples of opportunities to tap into our community. This is only one of many ideas that can be considered.

 

I truly believe in the proverb, "It Takes a Village to Raise a Child."  

 

 

 

Please consider me for one of your votes for the Full Term position, CUSD School Board.  I can be reached at Facebook at: Julie Russell for School Board.

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this post.

 

 

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

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 Julie Russell:
 

Sharing information regarding finances and difficult choices for resource allocation, is an area that I believe can be constantly improved.  Today's technology offers many low cost, on demand venues to disseminate information to the community, parents, and other vested stakeholders.  For example, posting a FAQ on the Board's web-site for common questions and concerns can be an efficient on-demand communication tool.  Additionally, easy forms can be linked to current websites to offer questions to be directly communicated to the board members in a culled format.

Measured outcomes are tricky.  Unless carefully selected and collected, measure can inadvertently drive the wrong outcomes.  However, when appropriately determined, the reverse is also true, and measures itself can drive desired outcomes.  Over time, determining the correct measures and tracking trends will benefit all and add transparency to the role of a school board. 

 

Questions from League of Women Voters of San Diego (1)

What is the most significant challenge facing the Coronado Unified School District, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?
Answer from Julie Russell:

 

I think the most significant challenges facing CUSD is the need to continually provide the full spectrum of students a quality education for the 21st century.  In some cases, this may mean college prep classes, and in other cases, a more flexible schedule to allow students to pursue skills and activities for development that might be outside or in addition to core educational subjects.

 

There will always be budget issues.  Coronado has creatively worked through some of these issues through community partnerships.  I hope that the role of partnerships only expands, to address not only budget issues, but more importantly educational options for our students. 

Lastly, and most importantly, I don't believe that every "problem" is a budget issue or can be solved with "more money."  Schools, like many other organizations can benefit from best practices that are many times small, differentiated ways of doing business and understanding behavior drivers.  Constantly being vigilant to opportunities, ideas, and always seeking to continually improve, is a great approach for any organization.  This will be my mind-set.

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Educational Focus for the Next Generation

Summary

It is truly important to have parent advocacy on the board, so that parents, together with teachers and administrators, can ensure a quality education for our children.

 

I know that School Boards are greatly focused on resource allocation and competing fiscal demands.  I feel comfortable  in this environment, given my MBA credentials and consulting experience.  

 

I think the most significant challenges facing CUSD is the need to continually provide students a quality education for the 21st century.  

 

My name is Julie Russell and I am running for a position on the Coronado Unified School Board.

 

Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to knock on doors to introduce myself, let voters know why I am running, and to share my qualifications.

 

Because I will not be able to meet every voter in this manner, I wanted to share this post on social media in an effort to communicate to a greater number of people.

 

Meeting voters in person has been rewarding and informative.   I have benefited from listening to concerns, impressions, and understanding general interest in the local school board.

 

The reason I am running for school board is two-fold.  First, I believe in contributing to my community.  Second, as a parent of two Coronado High School students, I am in a place where I am fully vested in my children and the community public schools.  As a Mom, I understand first-hand how district policies impact their day-to-day education.  

 

It is truly important to have parent advocacy on the board, so that parents, together with teachers and administrators, can ensure a quality education for our children.

 

I have the qualifications to be a solid contributing board member.  I graduated in 1989 from the US Coast Guard Academy with my Bachelor of Science degree and Commission in the United States Coast Guard.  My tours of duty included sea duty, search and rescue center watch officer, as well as various internal consulting and training roles.  In 1996, after having served 7 years active duty, I resigned my commission to pursue my Masters of Business Administration at UCLA.  I worked as a consultant for Deloitte, until leaving the workforce to raise my family.

 

I know that School Boards are greatly focused on resource allocation and competing fiscal demands.  I feel comfortable  in this environment, given my MBA credentials and consulting experience.  

 

I think the most significant challenges facing CUSD is the need to continually provide students a quality education for the 21st century.  

 

In some cases, this may mean college prep classes, and in other cases, a more flexible schedule to allow students to pursue skills and activities for development that might be outside or in addition to core educational subjects.  

 

Just think, a good percentage of the jobs that our children will hold as adults, do not even exist today or will be slightly different, requiring new skills.  Our children will work in a globally competitive environment and will need to continuously learn, problem solve, and work with technology.  A s a result, we need to ensure that the education that students receive from Coronado schools provides a solid foundation that can be built upon for a lifetime.

 

There will always be budget challenges.  Coronado has worked through some of these issues through community partnerships.  I hope that the role of partnerships expands to address not only budget issues, but more importantly educational options for our students.  

 

I truly believe in the African proverb, "It Takes a Village to Raise a Child."

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this post.

 

I ask for your vote in the November election.  

 

 

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