Meet the Candidates: Yolo County Board of Education, Trustee Area 2

Meet David Murphy and Melissa Moreno, candidates for the Yolo County Board of Education, Trustee Area 2.
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David J. Murphy David Murphy is a career educator who has served as a school teacher, a principal, a school superintendent and a university faculty member. He is running on a campaign of fiscal integrity and transparency, and says his experience working as an educator has prepared him for a role with the Yolo County Board of Education. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and a master’s degree from Stanford University. Official campaign statement: “My career as an English teacher, a principal, school superintendent, and university faculty member has prepared me well to serve on the Yolo County Board of Education. I am passionate about developing the full potential of all children and young adults. The Yolo County Board supports vulnerable children and youth: • Head Start for low-income preschoolers, • Education for those in Juvenile Hall, • Day programs for youth expelled from local districts, • Job training for youth without high school diplomas. My skills and experience uniquely qualify me to serve on The Yolo County Board of Education. As Superintendent, El Dorado Union High School District, we focused on underperforming students – with results: • 55% reduction in students needing remedial education; • Ninth grade, remedial program that increased students’ reading by 2-3 grade levels; • Job training programs; • 66% increase in students completing University of California admission requirements As Superintendent, Davis Joint Unified School District, helped fulfill students’ potential by developing new programs and schools: • King High School, a continuation school facility. • Montessori program; • Da Vinci High School instructional program; • Advanced Placement science classes; • Davis Senior High School Performing Arts Building; • New science lab classrooms, grades 9-12; • Harper Junior High, Korematsu and Montgomery Elementary schools. I believe in fiscal integrity and transparency. Throughout 20 years as superintendent, worked collaboratively and effectively with teachers as partners. Education: B.A., Santa Clara University M.A., Stanford University Helen Thomson, Lois Wolk, Ruth Asmundson, and Marlene Bell are among my many supporters. Please join them in voting for me.”

Melissa Moreno

Melissa Moreno is a professor of ethnic studies at Woodland Community College with children who attend school at Cesar Chavez Elementary School. She is running on a platform of strong fiscal accountability, building effective partnerships, promoting quality pre-school for all children and bridging the gap between diverse communities. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and women’s studies from U.C. Santa Cruz, and a master’s and doctorate degrees in education from the University of Utah. Official campaign statement: “I am running for YCBOE Trustee to assure that every student receives excellent public education, our teachers are supported, and our schools are accountable to our communities. My professional and life experience has prepared me to serve. As a farmworkers’ daughter, I attended Head Start, Migrant Education, and English as a Second Language programs. Public schools prepared me to become the first college graduate in my family and to earn a Doctorate in Education. I’ve been an educator for over 25 years. Now, as a Professor and Director of Ethnic Studies at Woodland Community College, I prepare my students for their educational journey. As a mother of school children at Cesar Chavez Elementary, I am actively involved in PTA, School Climate Committee, English Language Advisory Committee, and participated in the DJUSD Local Control Accountability Plan review process. My priorities as Trustee: • Strengthen fiscal accountability • Build effective partnerships to assure that our most vulnerable students gain knowledge and skills to thrive • Support quality pre-school for all children • Foster equality and understanding of diverse communities. Endorsements include: YCBOE Trustee Owens, Supervisor Saylor, Mayor Pro Tem Partida, and Councilwoman Loren. I ask for your vote on November 6.”
The Trustee for Area 2 serves on the Yolo County Board of Education and represents education-related matters concerning constituents of the city of Winters and other areas. ]]>

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