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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Lemon Grove School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Katie Dexter

Governing Board Member, LGSD
4,181 votes (36.7%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Safety - We have a duty to provide a safe learning environment, not just for our students, but our staff as well.
  • Financial Stability - It is imperative that the district provide top notch programs via highly qualified educators. We must do all we can to attract and retain those educators while remaining fiscally solvent.
  • Innovation - Students must be given the opportunity to stretch their imaginations and discover the possibilities that await them. Partnerships must be established in the areas of science and technology to support those opportunities.



Governing Board Member, Lemon Grove School District — Elected position (2002–current)


Mesa College Associates Degree, Business (2008)

Community Activities

Board Member, California Schools VEBA (2010–current)
Regional Director (previously Delegate), California School Boards Association (2007–current)
Past President and Member of Executive Committee, San Diego County School Boards Association (2011–current)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Lemon Grove Teacher's Association
  • Dianne Jacob, County Supervisor
  • Mary Sessom, former Mayor of Lemon Grove

Elected Officials (4)

  • Jerry Jones, Council Member, City of Lemon Grove
  • Rick Shea, County Board of Education
  • Alicia Munoz, County Board of Ed
  • Mark Gracyk, Helix Water Board

Individuals (2)

  • Gabi Rivers, COO, Ronald Mc Donald House
  • Helen O'field, President, Lemon Grove Historical Society

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters 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 Katie Dexter:

I don't look at our isses as problems, more as opportunitites to become creative and think outside the box to be able to provide the best possible education for every child.  Proper fiscal oversight is always a concern as the cost of business continues to rise and monies from the state are not keeping up with the impact of STRS and PERS on our budgets.  Reaching out and finding the best qualified staff to carry out our goals is imperative.  But mostly, making sure our students and staff are safe, that our facilities are well-maintained, and that every child has an equal opportunity to succeed.  

What is your view of charter schools?
Answer from Katie Dexter:

I believe that under the right circumstances, charter schools are a great option.  Charter schools should have to follow the same guidelines expected of public schools.  They should not be able to deny a student based on ability or disability.  These are the issues I struggle with when it comes to charter schools.  My own children attended a charter high school and both left that school with a top notch education.  Academic acheivement has to be a priority, not profitabllity.

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 Katie Dexter:

Schools today offer more than just your basic courses.  Many now focus their curriculum in areas around STEAM, Arts, Science, Dual Language, etc.  I believe parents should have a choice to expose their students to more opportunities than what might or might not be offered in their neighborhood schools.  In my district we encourage each site to be autonomous.  We have a dual language school, sciences and humanities academy, a school that focuses on the arts, etc.

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 Katie Dexter:

There is no one size fits all program that is going to meet the social and emotional needs of every child.  Each child brings to school a unique set of circumstances that has to be taken in to consideration when dealing with behavior issues.  Restorative Justice programs allow children to sit with peers and have conversations to address issues.  All staff is encouraged to greet every child and make them feel important.  A school may be the only constant in that child's life.  Punitive discipline in my opnion does not work.  In most cases, I feel it does more harm than good.  Pulling a student out of school for an infraction removes the ability for that child to learn, even for 1 day.  

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