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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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Carlsbad Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 1

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Veronica C. Williams

Incumbent
2,657 votes (41.1%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • STUDENT SAFETY - I remain committed to providing a safe environment for all students to learn, be creative, and grow.
  • STUDENT SUCCESS - I remain committed to working towards increasing our graduation rate (currently 94%) while preparing students for success in college and career, as well as developing students to be lifelong learners.
  • SAVE CARLSBAD TAXPAYERS MONEY BY INVESTING WISELY - I remain committed to ensuring all taxpayer money spent in the District is going to support and improve the world-class public education in Carlsbad Schools.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Incumbent / Small Business Owner / Tech Consultant
Board Trustee, Carlsbad Unified School District — Elected position (2014–2018)
Board Trustee, Carlsbad Unified School District — Elected position (2010–2014)

Biography

Veronica was elected as a School Board Member of Carlsbad Unified School District in 2010, then re-elected in 2014. Since being elected, Veronica is proud of all the successes and accomplishments of the District (see Veronica's Record of Success on www.VeronicaWilliams.org)

Born in San Diego, Veronica and her husband moved to Carlsbad almost 20 years ago, as the place they wanted to start and raise their family. They have two boys that are enrolled and actively involved in Carlsbad schools. Veronica received her degree in Mathematics with an emphasis in Computer Science. Veronica is a small business owner who has worked in the technology arena as a software/applications developer for over 30 years.  In the fall of 2012, she received her certification in the California School Boards Association Masters in Governance program. Veronica is bilingual (English & Spanish) and continues to work with parents, teachers, and administrators to understand the needs in the classroom. She is also communicating with District partners, the City, and local businesses to improve educational opportunities for all Carlsbad Unified students.

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters North County San Diego (4)

What are the pressing problems of this school district, in your opinion, and what experience do you bring to the Board that will help address these problems?
Answer from Veronica C. Williams:
  • Safe Schools - Create a safe environment for students, both physically and emotionally, so schools are a place where students feel free to communicate, learn & try new things, and feel engaged with their community.
  • Invest Wisely - Carlsbad Unified School District is one of the least-funded districts in San Diego County, yet we were able to able to increase our graduation rate to 94% in the past eight years (10 percentage points higher than the County average of 845). We need to continue to invest wisely that supports the students, schools, and community.
  • Student Success - Be able to prepare our students for the world of work, develop the skills needed, and introducing them to pathways that will allow them to succeed in our dynamic and volatile economy.
  • Access to All Students - Working to provide access to all of our students regardless of their background, so they can be successful connecting to education and employment opportunities after they graduate from high school.
What is your view of charter schools?
Answer from Veronica C. Williams:

As a Carlsbad Unified School Board Trustee, I am a strong advocate for public schools. The schools in our District are high-performing. The research on charter schools is mixed and uncertain. Some charter schools work, but many do not or they self-select out problem or challenging students. One of the first substantive decisions I made as a school board member is whether to open Sage Creek High School after it was built. There were voices in the community that said we should not open Sage Creek High School as a public high school. Those voices were wrong - we opened up Sage Creek High School and it has not only become one of the most academically successful schools in San Diego County, but it also reduced the congestion at Carlsbad High School and made it a more effective high school as well.

Should the district curb its school choice initiatives (for students who are not in charter schools), so that more students stay in their neighborhood schools? Why or why not?
Answer from Veronica C. Williams:

Carlsbad Unified School District's policy allows students to choose which high school they would like to attend - Carlsbad High School or Sage Creek High School. As a policy, it has worked out better than I expected, and I would not want it changed. Each high school has different career pathways, academic programs, and athletics so students have opportunities.

 

 

Are there school discipline strategies or behavioral support programs that you find appealing alternatives to exclusionary or punitive discipline? If so, which ones, and why?
Answer from Veronica C. Williams:

I support restorative justice as a school discipline strategy but the implementation is key. Restorative justice is an effective alternative to punitive discipline. It brings together persons harmed with persons responsible for harm in a safe and respectful space, promoting dialogue, accountability, and a stronger sense of community.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Veronica is a compassionate pragmatist who believes all students should have access to a world-class education using data and evidence to create and refine policies.

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