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March 7, 2017 — Local Elections
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Candidato para Miembre de Junta

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Brad Serkin

Incumbent
7,858 votos (25.95%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Education is one of the cornerstones of our community and continued investment in our children and education excellence is of utmost priority
  • Maintain Fiscal Accountability, Balanced Budgets and Promotion of Short and Long Term Fiscal Reserves to ensure stability even in a financial downturn
  • Continued Improvements in Student Achievement, Safety, and College Readiness

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Business Owner
CEO, Pacific Rink (2015–current)
Board of Education Member, Redondo Beach Unified School District — Cargo elegido (2013–current)
CEO, Valiant Managment Solutions (2011–2015)
CTO/COO, inAssist (2011–2015)
President, Redondo Beach Educational Foundation — Cargo elegido (2010–2013)
CEO, Medical Billing Solutions (1998–2011)

Educación

California State University, Long Beach Bachelors of Science, Business with emphasis in Marketing (1996)

Biografía

I am seeking re-election to the Redondo Beach Unified School District school board.  I was elected in 2013 to a 4 year term.  I has lived in Redondo Beach since 2000 and I am a lifelong South Bay resident. I am a small business order and currently building a new company specializing in lifestyle hockey apparel and bags. Prior to that, I owned and ran multiple companies in the medical and technology fields. 

Additionally from 2010-2013, I was President and Treasurer of the Redondo Beach Educational Foundation for 4 years restarting a foundation that was bringing in less than 100,000 per year to a foundation raising a million dollars a year at the time of my election to the school board.  I was and am involved at the PTA level at our schools and in our community.

I am re-running for school board for a few reasons: I am a parent of two children in the district and feel it is important that parents are part of their community and get involved in their children’s education and this is one small way that I can give back.  There are many ways to give back, whether it be in the classroom, fundraising or, in my case, bringing my 20+ years experience in the business world and almost 4 years now collaborating with our teachers, staff and administrators to develop a stronger educational foundation for our most precious assets.

Education is one of the cornerstones of our community and our kids. I believe investing in our kids is one of the most important legacies that we can do as parents and individuals.

I believe I bring business, fiscal responsibility and real world experience. I have built and sold a few successful companies during my past 20+ years of business experience. One of my most recent companies managed finances of others in excess of 100 million per year.

At the school district, over the past 3 ½+ years, we have moved the needle on many fronts within the district. At the beginning of my term, our district had a 3.03 percent reserve. We have increased reserves by over 230% during my tenure and are laser focused on long-term strategies and planning for our district and community engagement. We have implemented a successful solar program at our schools, below budget, saving millions of dollars in electricity costs directly attributed to our general fund which is reinvested into our students and our community.  We have renegotiated leases on surplus properties and other assets that the district owns. We have re-negotiated/refinanced our school bonds interest rates saving our local taxpayers millions of dollars.

Enrollment has increased 9.5% in the past 4 years per our latest audit report in comparison to surrounding districts that are flat or declining enrollment and we have become a destination district. Test scores continue to increase, student engagement is up, continued promotion of college going readiness to ensure that all students have the opportunity to go to college if they choose. Additionally, in conjunction with our city and its Police Chief, in partnership with our school site staff, we have collaborated to enhance our students safety, school sites security, and new protocals to keep up with the changing times.  Labor negotiations are now completed on-time, state/federal test scores are improved (PSAT, AP, CST and others), employee morale is high and many other items. We have made tremendous progress over the last 3 ½ years but have much more to do. It took almost a year to really understand the breadth and depth of all facets of being on the school board and the $70+ million budget and I look forward to utilizing this knowledge to continue making our schools and our district even greater.  The support of our teachers, staff and parent community is humbling and look forward to serving our community along with my present board members for the next four years.

Other areas to continue work on:

  • Campus Safety and the safety of our staff and children.
  • Families in our district and surrounding community that struggle to make ends meet and not having enough resources to provide their kids with daily basic needs.
  • Bullying and the many technology avenues that continue to create new challenges for our kids.
  • Student to teacher ratios
  • Keeping up with technology trends, changes and enhanced cirriculum opportunities in our classroom.
  • Student Health and our Partnership with Beach Cities Health District.

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

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Funcionarios electos (18)

  • George Barks
  • Mike Webb
  • Steve Diels
  • Barbara Lucky
  • Dr. William Watkins
  • Martha Deutsch
  • Heidi Ashcraft
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  • Anita Avrick
  • Mike Gin
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  • Stephen Alford
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  • Monika Mccarthy
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  • Shannon Lee
  • Stuart Ganis
  • Mary Ganis
  • Kristina Zorn
  • Robyn Solimando
  • April Morehead
  • Ryan Morehead
  • Meleesa Smith
  • Pat Hosken
  • Sally House-Miller
  • Sandra Fuchs
  • Lisa Rodriguez
  • Dale Petrulis
  • Caz Walker
  • Sue Couig
  • Rhonda McGonigle
  • Amanda Cartee
  • Monica Moore
  • Ron Moore
  • Cindy Clausen
  • Kristin Bramson
  • Pat Clancy
  • Gina Clancy
  • Staci Sexton
  • Suzanne Haring
  • Sharon Day
  • Liisa Hiatt
  • William Richards
  • Bill Richards
  • Adrianne Jasmer
  • Jonathan Beutler
  • Kimberly Quihuis
  • Kate Snyder Spjute
  • Erika Snow-Robinson
  • Erik Bowman
  • Andrew Avrick
  • Brian Polun
  • Raymur Flynn
  • Candace Nafissi
  • AJ Jacoby
  • John Gran
  • Doug Rodriguez
  • Elizabeth Diels
  • Kenny Pearson
  • Elizabeth Marcon
  • Jeff Marcon
  • Gayle Dreizler-Bailey
  • Amie Jacoby
  • John Couig
  • Steve Day
  • Brian Casey
  • Janet Casey
  • Raymur Sweeney
  • Todd Lowenstein

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

I am seeking re-election to the Redondo Beach Unified School District school board.  I was elected in 2013 to a 4 year term.  I has lived in Redondo Beach since 2000 and I am a lifelong South Bay resident. I am a small business order and currently building a new company specializing in lifestyle hockey apparel and bags. Prior to that, I owned and ran multiple companies in the medical and technology fields. 

Additionally from 2010-2013, I was President and Treasurer of the Redondo Beach Educational Foundation for 4 years restarting a foundation that was bringing in less than 100,000 per year to a foundation raising a million dollars a year at the time of my election to the school board.  I was and am involved at the PTA level at our schools and in our community.

I am re-running for school board for a few reasons: I am a parent of two children in the district and feel it is important that parents are part of their community and get involved in their children’s education and this is one small way that I can give back.  There are many ways to give back, whether it be in the classroom, fundraising or, in my case, bringing my 20+ years experience in the business world and almost 4 years now collaborating with our teachers, staff and administrators to develop a stronger educational foundation for our most precious assets.

Education is one of the cornerstones of our community and our kids. I believe investing in our kids is one of the most important legacies that we can do as parents and individuals.

I believe I bring business, fiscal responsibility and real world experience. I have built and sold a few successful companies during my past 20+ years of business experience. One of my most recent companies managed finances of others in excess of 100 million per year.

At the school district, over the past 3 ½+ years, we have moved the needle on many fronts within the district. At the beginning of my term, our district had a 3.03 percent reserve. We have increased reserves by over 230% during my tenure and are laser focused on long-term strategies and planning for our district and community engagement. We have implemented a successful solar program at our schools, below budget, saving millions of dollars in electricity costs directly attributed to our general fund which is reinvested into our students and our community.  We have renegotiated leases on surplus properties and other assets that the district owns. We have re-negotiated/refinanced our school bonds interest rates saving our local taxpayers millions of dollars.

Enrollment has increased 9.5% in the past 4 years per our latest audit report in comparison to surrounding districts that are flat or declining enrollment and we have become a destination district. Test scores continue to increase, student engagement is up, continued promotion of college going readiness to ensure that all students have the opportunity to go to college if they choose. Additionally, in conjunction with our city and its Police Chief, in partnership with our school site staff, we have collaborated to enhance our students safety, school sites security, and new protocals to keep up with the changing times.  Labor negotiations are now completed on-time, state/federal test scores are improved (PSAT, AP, CST and others), employee morale is high and many other items. We have made tremendous progress over the last 3 ½ years but have much more to do. It took almost a year to really understand the breadth and depth of all facets of being on the school board and the $70+ million budget and I look forward to utilizing this knowledge to continue making our schools and our district even greater.  The support of our teachers, staff and parent community is humbling and look forward to serving our community along with my present board members for the next four years.

Other areas to continue work on:

  • Campus Safety and the safety of our staff and children.
  • Families in our district and surrounding community that struggle to make ends meet and not having enough resources to provide their kids with daily basic needs.
  • Bullying and the many technology avenues that continue to create new challenges for our kids.
  • Student to teacher ratios
  • Keeping up with technology trends, changes and enhanced cirriculum opportunities in our classroom.
  • Student Health and our Partnership with Beach Cities Health District.

 

 

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Candidacy

Summary

RBUSD, what we have done and where we are going . RBUSD continues to be on the right path and we have more to do.

Reasons we are running, backed up with facts.

 

  • Student Safety - Our district has spent significant time in the training of our students and staff on the importance of safety. We have trained our teachers on Run, Hide, Fight developed thru the FBI and other agencies in partnership with RBPD. RBPD has partnered with us and spent many days touring our campuses, meeting with every staff member and upgrading safety policies at all school sites last year and currently.  We held meetings for parents at our campuses last year and this year and all teachers, staff and students have been receiving updates with our new standards and requirements.Communications have been upgraded and new requirements are in place and have been implemented over many years. Natural or other disaster training has and continues to be updated as new methods are implemented or reinforced.
  • Despite being fiscally conservative and preparing for the next educational downturn or cuts from the state, our staff received district wide increases of 2.5% plus the district paid for 100% of the increased passed on from the carrier for our most popular plan. In some cases, if a staff member elects for a higher plan, at their option, it could cost them more out of pocket than if they elected for the main district plan but this is an elective choice. We agree that health insurance is expensive but the reality in the marketplace today is that insurance is expensive and continues to rise. Each year, we look at ways to reduce costs for health and other related insurance costs and have done a great job and avoided passing on the increases to our hard working staff. 
  • Access to facilities - We work hard to make our campuses available to our local associations and the public on an ongoing basis day in and day out. Programs such as Ayso, Rbyb, Redondo Sunset, Football and others are on our campuses regularly. Each of these groups use our facilities and the fees we charge are to cover our additional costs. These costs include additional lighting, janitorial staff costs and maintenance costs associated with using the facilities. Our 1st priority is using the $$ we receive to ensure our students receive the best education and facilities around. Any extracurricular activities on campus should share the pro-rata share of the additional wear and tear. Taxpayers who were very generous with their bond passages should not have to shoulder the burden of additional maintenance costs associated with outside entities who want to use the facilities. We are a school district, not a recreation program. We have to hired additional staff to manage the after-hours activities of all of our wonderful programs and accordingly, they should share in the burden of these additional costs. It should be noted that we only bill our actual cost to these groups. In some groups, such as Ayso, the overall cost is minimal to each participate.

Our local unions believe in what we are doing and have endorsed the three incumbents because we have been clear in our financial abilities as a district, a clear vision utilizing real, concrete numbers and not a pie in the sky vision and very transparent on where we are at, what we can do and how we will implement it. We are proud to be supported by all city and community leaders and our union partners exclusively.

 

We believe our vision, fiscal responsibility and management and high achievement leaves no doubt that we are on the right path for success.

Re-elect the 3 candidates with a proven track record of success and with students in our schools!

• RBUSD has become a destination district, significantly increasing property values in Redondo Beach.  Serkin, Christensen and Waller have been an integral part of that process. • Continue to ensure our students received the best education possible to develop leaders of tomorrow. • Continue to re-evaluate and enhance the safety of our students and employees  • Build even greater financial strength in preparation for the next economic downturn. • Build upon our college going culture to ensure that all children have the option and prepared to go to college

 

SMALL list of the MANY Accomplishments:

 

• The BEST SCHOOLS in the South Bay. Over the past two years, RBUSD has received National Blue Ribbon Designation (1 school), CA Gold Ribbon Designation (7 schools) and CA Green Ribbon Designation (3 schools) WeARE a destination district! Enrollments has increased 9.5% • In partnership with the city, Police Chief and our school site staff, enhanced our school sites security and student safety and greatly enhancing emergency response/disaster planning. • Strengthened fiscal reserves hovering at 3.03% coming into 2013 by over 230% during tenure • Bolstered parent and community involvement and participation in RBUSD activities • Renegotiated Bond Interest Rates saving our Redondo Beach community millions over its life • Advocated at the state and federal level in Sacramento and Washington DC as well as partnering with surrounding districts for increased funding to ensure we are getting our fair share. • As part of the “Whole Child” initiative, in partnership with BCHD, reduced childhood obesity rate of RBUSD children from 20% - 7.2% over the past 10 years. • Implemented Successful Solar program below budget and at great annual savings to our district general fund • Implemented leading edge computer network with 100% wireless access • Implemented K-12, 1 to 1, districtwide Chromebook and tablet program seamlessly. • Continue to supervise 2nd most senior Superintendent in the Greater South Bay • Significantly increased property values in Redondo Beach (beyond LA County and other South Bay averages over the past 5 years).

 

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