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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Fontana Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Mars Serna

Fontana Unified School District Member, Governing Board
13,222 votes (20.39%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Transforming the Learning Environment
  • Creating a safe and affirming school environments by ensuring that program spaces are welcoming, inspiring, and physically and emotionally safe for participants.
  • Financial Transparency



Project Specialist, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (2016–current)
Adjunct Professor, San Bernardino Valley College (2015–current)
Board Member, Fontana Unified School District (2017–current)
Governing Board Member, Fontana Unified School District — Elected position (2017–current)


University of Redlands Masters of Arts, Business Management (2014)
California State University, San Bernardino Bachelor of Arts, Public Administration (2002)


I was recently elected in 2017 to the Fontana Unified School District, Governing Board in a Special Election.  I have currently served just 10 months. 


I have over 32 years of experience working in the fields of education, recreation, and human services. Currently employed at San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS) as the Family and Community Engagement Project Manager where I support the 33 school districts throughout the county in training, coaching, and mentoring on best practices to engage families and stakeholders in education.  Prior to joining SBCSS, I spent a little over a year at Fontana Unified School District as the Family and Community Engagement Coordinator and nine years at San Bernardino City Unified School District as the Family Involvement Officer working with parents to be engaged and active in the education of their children. 


I am also an Adjunct Professor in the Human Services Department where I teach Cultural Proficiency and Cross Cultural Communication to students who are looking into careers in education, health care, law enforcement, human services and other related fields.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Tom Torlakson, CA State Superintendent
  • Cheryl Brown, Former CA State Assemblymember
  • Janice Rutherford, 2nd District San Bernardino County Supervisor

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political philosophy in governing schools is simple.  Politics doesn't belong around our children.  We as adults should always make decisions that are in the best interest of children, not the adults.  When I make decisions, I first try to use my role as a father to see if the decision being made would be good for my child.  If it's good for him, then it would be good for the 38,000 other students in the district.  I also try to use my personal experience as an educator and professor in higher education to see how a decision would affect students, teachers, staff, parents, and other stakeholders.  

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