Small town politics is tough and school board politics can be even tougher. As a former board trustee once said, “You are messin’ with their money and you are messin’ with their kids.” I appreciate every candidate and elected board member, past, present and future for their civic service. This year it is good to see 4 candidates vying for 2 at-large positions which will represent all taxpayers, all parents, and all voters in the San Marcos school district. All 4 candidates are good people worthy of our respect and appreciation.
I am voting for Juan Miguel Arredondo, the first name on the ballot.
Miguel is smart, energetic, insightful, and bold. Yes, he is young and Hispanic — both positive attributes in my opinion. For years, Miguel has considered an elected position on the school board to make our schools better — better for all regardless of race, better for all regardless of abilities, better for all regardless of income.
Miguel understands our challenges: 50 percent of our students are at risk of dropping out of school; 2 out of 3 students are from low income families; not enough of our students are prepared for higher education; we have had 8 superintendents in the last 20 years; and the importance of community involvement in education. He knows better than most what is and, more importantly, what is not happening in our classrooms. Miguel will represent us well.
Please join me in voting for Juan Miguel Arredondo. Election day is Saturday May 12.