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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Poway Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee

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Terry Norwood

Education/Military Advocate
7,289 votes (5.67%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Work tenaciously to close the achievement gap by broadening the Career Technical Program to provide academic programs for alternative learners.
  • Hire Superintendent with background in rebuilding our school district leadership into a cohesive unit working for all stakeholders’ interests. Managed budget shortfalls ensuring equality in academics & quality staffing.
  • Develop collaborative support with teachers and staff for innovative networking with our community business partners to enhance learning for students with the most modern technology. Building a stronger academic platform for real-world learning.

Experience

Education

BIOLA Bachelor of Science, Organizational Leadership (2009)
Palomar College Associate in Science, General Studies (2006)

Community Activities

President, Rancho Bernardo High School Parent Teacher Student Association (2014–2016)
Ombudsman-Education Advocate, Rancho Bernardo High School Parent Center (2013–2016)
Community Leader, Rancho Bernardo-Westwood Neighborhood (2006–2016)
Coordinator, RBCPC-Military Family Ministry (2006–2011)
Military Family Advocate, National Military Family Association (1989–2006)

Who supports this candidate?

Individuals (16)

  • Beth Nidzieko, Retired-HP EER
  • Valerie Brown, RB United Director
  • Steve Barclay, Youth Ministry
  • Jeri Weinberg, Mortgage Broker, BofA
  • Terri Hunter, Realtor
  • Roger Wolfe, RB Neighborhood Watch Board member
  • Charles Sellers, PUSD School Board Trustee
  • Mary Wagner, Realtor
  • Catherine Hunt, College & Career Readiness Coordinator
  • Isabel Hess, Librarian
  • Dianne White, Accountant
  • Tish Wussler, scientist
  • Carina Martin, Teacher
  • George Cooke, Realtor
  • Dr. Carol Saunders, retired pediatrician

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 Terry Norwood:

The Superintendent and School Board will need to inform stakeholders of the financial challenges and need for prudent budgeting while retaining our excellent school district.  Frugal spending and smart revenue building is paramount. Every aspect of the budget will need to be evaluated given our $18M deficit, CAB debt, and LCAP funding changes.  I believe we can continue to broaden educational resources by incorporating Parents as Partners & local businesses while staying innovative and excellent. 

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

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

The largest obstacles facing our district are the looming CAB payments and mismanagement at the highest levels.  We need to hire a superintendent and elect school board leaders who can repair the recent damage done and rebuild our school district team into a cohesive unit working for all stakeholders interests.  We have highly educated and compassionate teachers with students who want to learn from them.  We have parents and a community that support them.  What we need is a Superintendent and Board of Education that is working together for the students, not their personal interests.

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Poway Federation of Teachers Questionnaire

Summary

This paper describes my answers to the PFT which was followed up with an interview.  Submitted 8.26.2016.  Modified formatting to meet parameters of this platform.

Why are you interested in serving as a trustee for the PUSD School Board?

I want to work for students, parents, teachers, and our community safeguarding one of our most valuable assets.  As a 16 year resident of RB who has been active in the community and school district, I am a strong leader and advocate. I am a parent of two children who graduated from this school district. (2010 and 2015) 

 The Poway Unified School District is recognized as “high achieving”.  Give us three examples of what is positive in PUSD and three areas that we should strive to improve upon.  How do you suggest that we make those improvements?

 1-The dedication of all district teachers and staff to provide an excellent educational opportunity for students.

2-The diversity of cultures that attend our schools enhances students with a unique experience necessary for success in life.  It also indicates the acceptance of an inclusive society.

3-The parents desire to provide their children with an excellent well-rounded education. 

 

1- Hire a Superintendent that is qualified and has the temperament to implement effective leadership.

2- A budget that reflects frugal spending and smart revenue building.

3-Broaden Career Technical Education & Career Readiness. 

 I suggest we make these improvements by first telling the companies sending of candidates for the Superintendent position to improve their submissions.  Having the latest Superintendent leave in less than a week is ridiculous and disrespectful.  The Superintendent hired should see the financial challenges before our district and develop a budget to balance the needs of all affected individuals.  Third, utilize our fabulous parents and community to network services throughout the district.  Specifically partner with businesses to come into the schools and share their services/trade, not only to students but to parents. In essence, expand our Parents as Partners programs. 

 Some PUSD schools have the resources to offer more electives, programs, field trips, etc. than other schools.  How would you help ensure that all students in the district receive an equal educational experience?

 I would devise an advisory committee to review all of our schools.  Then, access if any of the current programs and techniques would benefit other schools in our district.  This is common sense and may already be in effect.  However this committee could be a partner to potentially new programs and engage our community to participate and offer innovative solutions. 

 Comment on your vision for complaint and conflict resolution.

 Every citizen in the district is an investor of education and therefore should be heard, however, they should be respectful to others.  Resolutions can more easily be accomplished with civility.  We may not always agree but we need to keep the focus on the needs of the students and the goals set by the district in order to maintain a fiscally healthy and robust educational system.

 Do you support Prop 55 (Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare/extends Prop 30)? Why or why not?

 I support Prop 55.  I believe the State should show more responsibility to support education.  I do not think it has supported education as much as it proposes to. 

 

Why do you feel the PFT should support your candidacy and what role should employee unions have in the District? 

 Employee unions should be part of the conversation with the Human Resources department about its hiring process and benefits package for union members. 

I want the PFT support for my campaign because teachers have the influence to develop our children into successful adults.  A teacher will be more effective when they are supported by the leadership of their district by this I mean Superintendent and School Board.  A team is only successful when the team works together.  I will be a team player.

 List the groups and individuals that have endorsed your campaign.  What other endorsements do you plan to seek and accept?

 I plan to continue accepting endorsements from individuals and organizations that believe in my work ethic and believe that I will be the voice for our school districts future.

 Here is my initial list of supporters:

Carina Martin, Pre-K Teacher

Mary Wagner, Realtor

Isabel Hess, Librarian

Bob Mott, Retired

Edith Mott, Retired

Steve Tutunjian, Retired

Valerie Brown

Roger Wolfe, RBNHW

Dayse Ekholm

Patrick Ekholm

John Norwood

Lauren Norwood

Sean Norwood

Paul Gilbert, Professor

Erin Gilbert

Eelia Henderscheid

Dale Hendersheid

Patricia Wussler, Scientist

Jill Weller

Mary Ann Pavilionis

Dianne White

Pat Jones

 

Ginger Rhodes

Westview High School Student Questionnaire

Summary

This paper describes my answers to the Westview High School Editor-in-Chief of The Nexxus, student newspaper. Submitted 10.16.2016.  Modified formatting to meet parameters of this platform.

WESTVIEW HIGH SCHOOL QUESTIONNAIRE

 How should PUSD direct funding?

 The Superintendent and School Board will need to inform stakeholders of the financial challenges and need for prudent budgeting while retaining our excellent school district.  Frugal spending and smart revenue building is paramount. Every aspect of the budget will need to be evaluated.  We can continue to broaden educational resources by incorporating Parents as Partners & local businesses staying innovative and excellent.

 What can the board do to improve learning in PUSD?

 

With effective leadership we can strengthen educational options for our students helping to close the achievement gap.  We should evaluate programs and techniques that would benefit other schools since there are PUSD schools offering electives, programs, and field trips that other PUSD schools cannot access.  Why not offer inner district webinars at minimum. Additionally, partner with businesses to share their services/trade, not only to students but to parents. In essence, broaden our Career Technical Program & Career Readiness with Parents as Partners as we show students fiscal responsibility.    I want to expand alternative path career opportunities for students that think in alternative ways verses mainstream learners. Success will happen with energetic solution-focused leadership.

 What are you looking for in PUSD’s next superintendent?

 I will select a superintendent who will rebuild our school district team into a cohesive unit working for all stakeholders’ interests.   A Superintendent who will work proactively with the Board of Education to tackle issues such as the looming CAB debt, budget shortfalls, and national and state education mandate implementations.  A business administrator with 5 years of experience as a Superintendent or Deputy Superintendent and a clear credential. A person with superb communication skills to interpret policies & regulations, who has keen supervisory skills, and can manage staffing adjustments. Someone who can manage education, law, finance, marketing, labor relations, & facilities management. Who can analyze data with student focus encouraging innovative instruction & equitable academics. Who can resolve issues with departments effectively & confidently. Compensation for this individual should be equivalent to another district with our same size and socio-economic. 

 How will we heal the divisiveness within the board and re-establish superintendent-board relationships?

 

 Healing the divisiveness within the board will happen when board members are elected that will work together for the overall PUSD educational system instead of special interests. This new board will need to hire a Superintendent that has all stakeholders’ interest in mind. I will solve the problem by working to restore transparency, collaboration, and integrity to the school board.  Providing oversight to district management will be my key role.  My specialty is organizational leadership.  I have reorganized businesses effectively while maintaining company values.  I have a respectful candid relationship with my peers and co-workers.  Informing our community about our financial challenges and the need for prudent budgeting, while retaining an excellent school district, is paramount to this job.  I will strengthen educational options for our students, ensure teachers and staff have resources and collaborative support, and safeguard our community’s investment for the future.  

 How does your background prepare you for a position as a board trustee?

 For over 20 years, I have been an advocate for families in the community.  I am able to think outside the box, unafraid to try new concepts, while focusing on the overall goal. With two children that graduated from this district, with very different educational needs, I saw firsthand the challenges in our district.  I assisted other families before helping develop the Parent Center at RBHS. As one of the ombudsmen of this center,  I helped families with specific concerns.  My ability to bring people together resulted in families and the student body bringing Grad Nite back on campus.  I have served as a School Site Council representative and District Advisory Committee representative.   I am also a member of the Foundation and the Friends of the Library.  Having established the motto of Staying Connected and a mission of helping families, I am dedicated to ensuring our district’s educational system is brought back to a standard of excellence.  Hosting focus groups and training peers about their rights and benefits has empowered more families with their children’s needs.  I will bring effective leadership and experienced oversight to our board of trustees.

 Why should we vote for you? 

 

I will support district leadership and staff while our district works through its challenges.  I have developed a Staying Connected motto and Parent Center where many community and district resources are shared.   I encouraged student ownership by incorporating their service activities into their education. Teachers and staff benefited from these applications as we fostered a supportive environment for them as well.  This can be done district-wide with our Parents as Partners and effective district leadership. We have highly educated and compassionate teachers with students who want to learn from them.  We have parents and a community that support them both.  We need nothing less than a person who has successfully and respectfully developed and built programs that work in our community.  Please vote Terry Norwood 4 PUSD School Board.

Poway Chamber of Commerce & GVCA Questionnaire

Summary

This paper describes my answers to the Poway Chamber of Commerce & GVCA which was followed up with a community forum.  Submitted 9.30.2016.  Modified formatting to meet parameters of this platform.

POWAY CHAMBER QUESTIONNAIRE

 1. Your personal/professional background (i.e. schools your children attended, community you live in, profession, etc.)(250 characters or less)

B.S. Organizational Leadership. 20 yr education/military advocate. Training/Management skills. Developed Military Family Ministry, Created RBHS Parent Center, Grad Nite Chair, RBHS PTSA President, 2 kids- Westwood, BHMS, RBHS.  Encouraged law suit against Palomar College.  Integrity=outspoken + solution-focused.

 2. Why are you seeking this office? (500 characters or less)

 Ensure every voice is represented-students, parents, teachers, staff, and the community-not personal interests. Ensure children receive a whole education.  Manage budget deficit w/prudent revenue building. Chose management w/qualifications. Provide transparency & integrity.  Strengthen parents’ engagement in children’s education, like I did at RBHS as PTSA President, as well as, encourage students taking ownership in their education, fostering supportive environment for teachers & staff.

 3. How have you been involved in the PUSD community? (250 characters or less)

From Box Tops for Education to PTSA President, I have stayed engaged in our schools throughout my children’s education.  At the BHMS Student Store I weekly sold items for the Associated Student Body.   While advocating for my two children’s education initially, one in special education and one in accelerated classes, I assisted other families before developing the Parent Center at Rancho Bernardo High School.  It provides resources for all families with two ombudsmen who assist families with specific concerns.  My ability to bring people together resulted in families and the student body bringing Grad Nite back on campus.  I have served RBHS as a School Site Council representative and District Advisory Committee representative.   I was also a member of the Foundation and the Friends of the Library.  Having established the motto of Staying Connected and a mission of helping families, I am dedicated to ensuring our district’s educational system is brought back to a standard of excellence. 

 4. What qualities and qualifications are most important in the next PUSD Superintendent? And what would be an appropriate compensation package? (500 characters or less)

 Clear credential & 2-5 yrs admin experience. Compensation of equivalent district. Avid to rebuild #TeamPUSD. Understand/Empathize w/stakeholders. Superb communication skills to interpret policies & regulations. Keen supervisory skills managing staffing adjustments. Manage education, law, finance, marketing, labor relations, & facilities management. Analyze data w/student focus encouraging innovative instruction & equitable academics. Resolve issues w/departments effectively & confidentially.

 5.  Schools in this district are still in need of capital improvements. How do you propose the district finance it? (250 characters or less)

 Inform stakeholders of financial challenges & need for prudent budgeting; retaining excellent school district. Frugal spending & smart revenue building is paramount. Broaden educational resources incorporating Parents as Partners & local businesses.

 6. What do you think the relationship between the School Board and the Superintendent should be? (500 characters or less)

School Board is oversight committee ensuring Superintendent manages policies set forth by stakeholders. Maintain respectful communication & candid relationship w/district. Ensure students/parents/teachers/staff have resources & collaborative support; including employee bargaining productivity discussing hiring practices & benefits. Safeguard community’s investment.

7. List your top priorities as a PUSD School Board Member: (250 characters or less)

Hire Superintendent w/integrity. Secure resources/collaborative support for teachers/staff.  Close achievement gap: hosting inner district field trips/webinars, providing seminars for parents/students about these unprecedented solutions.

 

 

 

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