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March 7, 2017 — Local Elections
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Redondo Beach Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Matthew J. Kilroy

Retired RBUSD Teacher
6,401 votes (21.14%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Reducing employee contributions to healthcare plans that are offered by the District, while increasing their compensation.
  • Ensuring that school facilities are offered to Redondo Beach based non-profit organizations free of charge when an employee is already on site.
  • Improve school site safety by providing teachers with emergency response training for fires and earthquakes.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Retired RBUSD teacher
Regional Commissioner, American Youth Soccer Organization - AYSO — Elected position (2015–current)
Harbor Commissioner, City of Redondo Beach — Appointed position (2016–current)
Redondo Beach City Councilmember, District 5, City Council of Redondo Beach — Elected position (2007–2015)
Public Works Commissioner, Public Safety Commissioner, Planning Commis, City of Redondo Beach — Appointed position (1993–2007)
Auditor, P.T.S.A. - Adams Middle School — Appointed position (2001–2004)

Education

UCLA and National University BS in Chemical Engineering from UCLA and teacher's credential from National University, Chemistry (2000)

Community Activities

volunteer, Habitat for Humanity (2016–current)

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • Parents, Teachers, and Students

Elected Officials (2)

  • Councilmember Laura Emdee
  • Steve Aspel

Individuals (1)

  • Candidate John Gran

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

How the Safety of Students and Staff Can Be Improved At All Schools

Summary

RBUSD had to be contacted by CAL-OSHA in order for them to fullfill their responsibilites. There is still a great deal to do.

In my 15 years of teaching for RBUSD I was required to attend exactly one training session that involved the safety of students. Sure we had evacuation drills, but we almost never received any emergency training. For 15 years I asked if we could be trained in the use of fire extinguishers, I even contacted the Redondo Beach Fire Department and was told they would provide the training at our convenience for free. The administration never pursued it.

The District says that safety is their top priority but they do very little to back that up. If elected I will mandate annual training with fire extinguishers for all employees. In addition at least one administrator at each school will be required to receive training to respond to emergencies such as earthquakes.

The rising cost of health plans for employees and the reduction in pay.

Summary

Presently employees take home pay is less than it was a year ago. Some of the District's healthcare plans require employees to contribute as much as $18,000/year. The cost is so high many employees forgo any District provided insurance.

One of my top priorities will be to restore the take home pay of teachers and classified staff. Healthcare plans must be provided that are affordable to all employees. 

Community Access to school facilities during non-school hours.

Summary

The California State Education code requires that school districts make their facilities available to the community during non-school hours. The are allowed to require a reasonable fee. Since when is $45/hr reasonable for a girl scout troop to hold a meeting when the out of pocket expenses for the school district are zero.

If elected I will require that all school facilites be made available to Redondo Beach based non-profit groups free of charge. We, the Community, have already paid for these facilities through our taxes. Not to mention the 264 million dollars in bonds that we approved in the last 15 years. Girl Scout troops are literally leaving the school district for neighboring school districts because of the fees being charged. 

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