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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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Poway Unified School DistrictCandidato para Síndico, Area de Síndico B

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Ginger Couvrette

Business Owner/Educator
7,624 votos (35.4%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Fiscal transparency and procedures so resources are used to their highest potential
  • Building multiple pathways for success from preparation into prestigious universities to various career and technical training opportunities
  • Provide a top down structure in the District for safety, services, construction and curriculum.

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Business Owner/Educator?Community Volunteer
Owner/Broker Halcyon Real Estate, Self (2014–current)
Secretary, 4 Community Solutions — Cargo elegido (2015–current)
Chairman of the City of Poway Budget Committee, City of Poway — Cargo designado (2015–2017)
Chairman Parks and Recreation Committee, City of Poway — Cargo designado (2008–2014)
President, Poway Sports Association — Cargo elegido (2006–2011)

Educación

UCSD BS, Animal Physiology and Neuroscience (1992)

Actividades comunitarias

Vice President of GLAds, National Charity League (2017–current)
Chairman of Thanksgiving Baskets, Chaparral PTA (2008–current)
PHS Grad Night Ticket Chair, PHS PTA (2012–current)
Race Director Jack-O-Smash, Jack-O-Smash for Special Needs (2015–2017)
Chairman of the 6th Grade Olympics, TPMS PTSA (2013–2014)

Biografía

The Poway Unified School District has been divided into districts.  Having lived in District B for 23 years, I feel I have the relationships and experience to be the best representative of this area. 

I was raised in an Army family moving 9 times before graduating high school in Germany. Graduating UCSD with a BS in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience and Minors in Economics and PE, I was fortunate to marry a 4th generation San Diegan. I am grateful my three children have grown up here in Poway and were given such a strong foundation for their future.  

My first career was as a credientialed high school science teacher and coach.  I taught Physical Science and was the head track and field coach, head cross county coach. JV girls soccer coach and varsity cheer coach.  Once my son was born, I worked with Poway Youth Soccer league, scheduling and faciltating 95 teams. Because of my children's interests, I was on the boards of Poway girls softball, Pop Warner, Poway Rugby, etc.  One example of my collaborative skills and success was as President of the Poway Sports Association where we coordinated with all local youth sports leagues, PUSD, the City of Poway and residents to turf and light Valley Elementary, Meadowbrook Middle, and install lights Arbolitos. Because of experiences like this and the Poway Parade, I have earned the endorsements by Mayor Vaus and all current council members and two past mayors. As race director of Jack-O-Smash, I helped raise $70,000 for PUSD Special Needs where $500 grants went to all 39 schools.  I am also now the proud owner of a 28 ft trebuchet my son built to toss the pumpkins!  

As Chairman of the Poway Budget Review committee, I was impressed with the fiscal responsibility of each department and the City as a whole.  We need to bring this discipline to the School District and its $400 million budget.  We need to work on a top down structure for finance, safety, services, and curriculum to optimize our resources and establish best practices.

I was a room parent 17 times and still Chair the Thanksgiving project at Chaparral  even though my kids have long since graduated.  I also have chaired the 6th Grade Olympics, Tickets for Grad Night at PHS, and participated as a coach for the science olympiad. Because of my continued service, I have earned the endorsements of over 12 PTSA and Foundation leaders.

Professionally, I have grown my brokerage to handling over $40 million in transactions last year and having a robust property management division.  We just purchased an office in the Poway Business Park and are still growing.  

I have the foundation and collaborative skills to make a positive difference at PUSD.

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Organizaciónes (2)

  • SDAR
  • Republican Party

Funcionarios electos (3)

  • Steve Vaus-Mayor of Poway
  • Barry Leonard-Poway City Council
  • John Mullin-Poway City Council

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de 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?
Respuesta de Ginger Couvrette:

There is a lack of comprehensive structure to allow for transparency and accountability.

They must update systems and analyze programs to identify best use of funds. 

There needs to be a consistency between schools for safety procedures, student services, and curriculum.  

There must be trust between Board members and staff.

What is your view of charter schools?
Respuesta de Ginger Couvrette:

I believe in interesting, relevent education.  Fortunately, we live in large, diverse district where the needs of the students can be met and expectations exceeded.  We must improve communication so families understand the options of learning styles and opportunities at the various schools such as Spanish immersion at Valley Elementary and Agriculture at Poway High.

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?
Respuesta de Ginger Couvrette:

As fun as it may be to attend the same school as your neighbors, if there is a special program at another District school that better fits the needs of the student, they should be allowed that opportunity.

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?
Respuesta de Ginger Couvrette:

I believe it is ridiculous to expel a student from learning as long as safety is not an issue.  That said, teachers must have the support of the administration to ensure safety and learning of all their students.  My own kids knew if they got in trouble, instead of being on restriction, which punishes me, they got to clean the garage or other chore.  Not that I am saying the kids should be put to work! Our staff is extremely knowledgeable on finding out may be the problem with the student and resolving that issue.  Most kids act out for a reason.

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

I will promise accountability, transparancy and communication.  I have always been a team player and look forward to using my collaborative skills to involve parents, students, teachers, staff, administration, and the community in making Poway Unified School District the best it can be! The City of Poway has a number of community committees.  Community members apply and are given specific goals and training on these volunteer boards.  They are then requested to give their prospectives.  This is very important so the Board is not only getting its information from staff.

First, our accounting system is not up to today's standards.  We are still using hard written timecards, vacation approvals, and on boarding procedures.  Not only does this waste someone's time inputting, it is a source of errors and delays. Adopting a system so we can see expenses in real time will help us better identify problems early.  This will also help us to assess the best use of our resources.  

Second, we need plans.  The District needs to know exactly what services are offered at each school to best accomodate our students.  We need to make certain services are consistent from school to school.  Each school need to compile a priority list so as money is budgeted, we can then focus on the highest needs.  Plans regarding construction and repairs must be communicated to the schools.  There is much frustration about the condition of some schools and knowing when they may expect help would relieve many.  Finally, safety must come from top and be specific and practiced.  Best practices must be adopted and communication paramount.

Third, there is a gap in our schools with regards to meaningful curriculum.  Working with the community, the Poway Chamber of Commerce and local corporations, I have been able to obtain donations, job shading, internship and scholarship opportunities.  We need to make learning relevent and excite students of all abilities.  We need to inspire the high achieving students to reach for excellent universities but we also need to motivate students to other pathways for success such as a career in fire safety, agriculture, or the arts.  Just because a student may follow one of these paths, does not mean they will not go on to further learning.  It's another way for them to acquire skills, find meaning...and maybe their passion.

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