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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Ventura Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 4

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Jerry Dannenberg

Retired Educator
3,540 votes (36.54%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Aggressive approach to problematic campus bullying.
  • Improve equitable learning opportunities for students at all schools.
  • Proactive fiscal management.



Profession:Retired Educator
Superintendent, Hueneme Elementary School District (2002–2016)
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Ventura Unified School District (2000–2002)
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Ventura Unified School District (1990–2000)
Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Ventura Unified School District (1989–2000)
Principal, Juanmaria School, Ventura Unified School District (1986–1989)


BA at La Verne College, MA at San Diego State University, Doctorate at USC BA in Sociology, MA in Curriculum and Instruction, Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Education (1992)

Community Activities

Various Leadership Positions, Rotary (1990–current)
Various Leadership Positions/Treasurer, VHS Snack Bar Chairperson, PTA (1976–current)
Region President, State Board of Directors, Various Committees, Association of Californa School Administrators (1981–current)
Eagle Scout, Scout Master, District Commissioner, Boy Scouts of American (1966–2010)
President of Escondido Elementary Educators Association, California Teacher's Association (1977–1981)


I grew up in Escondido, CA. I was very involved in Boy Scouts as a child and received my Eagle Scout at age 13. In my junior year of high school, I was a Rotary Exchange student for a year in Australia. When I returned I met my wife in high school. 3 years later we were married and both attending college. I began teaching in the Escondido School District. I continued working on my schooling, getting my MA in San Diego. In 1981 I was offered a Principal's job in the Del Norte School District. By this time we had 2 children and we packed up and left to go to the far north of California for my job. We stayed there for 5 years. We moved to Ventura when I was offered a principalship at Juanamania School. I was at Juanamaria School for three years and then moved to the district office. I also attended USC and received my Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 1992. We were very involved in our children's schooling. When they attended Ventura High School, we became very involved in PTA, both of us serving in leadership positions. In 2002, I accepted the Superintendent position in the Hueneme Elemetary School District. In 2016, both my wife and I retired as educators. We now spend our time being involved in our 5 grandchildren's schooling in Ventura. We have loved the 32 years we have lived here in Ventura and I would be honored to serve Area 4 as its representative on the Ventura Unified School District Board.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Stan Mantooth, Ventura County Schools Superintendent
  • Ventura Teacher's Association (VUEA)
  • Ventura Education Support Professional Association (VESPA)

Elected Officials (2)

  • Mike Tracy, Ventura City Councilmember
  • John Walker, VUSD School Board President

Individuals (2)

  • Rosa Lee Measures, Former Ventura City Council Member and Deputy Mayor
  • Dr. Joe Spirito, Retired VUSD Superintendent

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Residents of VUSD Trustee Area 4, my committe to you as your Board Member is to advocate for all children by providing and equipping them with the best classroom experience available to enter their new world. Anything less is unacceptable. I will always be available, accessible, and attentive. This year marks a major district transistion by the retirement of several district key leaders, a new superintendent, and at least two new school board members. It will be my privilege to serve alongside the new district leadership team lending my experience, counsel, and insight when appropriate. I will not micromanage, but let people do their job. Honor the past but embrace the future. I would appreciate your vote.

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