California School Employees Association and its Chapter 147 endorsed Alfredo Andrade, Alex Cassadas, and Ray Curtis for the Banning School Board (Full disclosure: I am the labor relations representative for CSEA Chapter 147.)
CSEA, the classified employees, endorsed three candidates who promise to make the Banning USD administration accountable to the students, parents, staff, and citizens of the Banning Unified School District. This is an important election for Banning schools. It can finally ensure that spending cuts start with management’s perks, instead of essential staff. Banning has no more bilingual aides, and is slashing library staff hours. Meanwhile, administrators continue to spend freely on attorneys and consultants, as though they worked at Goldman Sachs. They don’t. They work for us.
On November 8th, Banning residents can exercise their power to change the school district by electing Alfredo Andrade, Alex Cassadas, and Ray Curtis to the Banning School Board. You can give them the authority to supervise the administration.
Isn’t it about time that the Banning School Board did that?
For the past 10 years, Alfredo Andrade has been working with Special Education students. Andrade is a proud member of the California School Employees Association, actively engaged in the union’s efforts to improve the lives of its members, our students, and the community. He believes that the Banning Unified School Board needs to be accountable to the community, its students, and its employees. As a trustee, Andrade will ensure it. Alfredo Andrade is currently enrolled at at California State University – San Bernardino. He is the oldest of five children, and engaged to be married.
Curtis is a Banning High School graduate, former Assistant Superintendent, school administrator, School Board Trustee, principal, and beloved teacher and coach. As trustee, he will focus on enhancing academic achievement for all students as well as focusing on the complete development of children to help them in becoming productive citizens, skilled workers, and good parents. He will insist on budget efficiency, fiscal accountability, and a culture of dignity and respect within the school district. Curtis has the capacity to ask the tough questions and hold the district administration accountable to the community and its children. Curtis will listen to the concerns of parents and teachers, and will work for respectful communication with all school, staff, and community participants.
Cassadas believes in building positive, collaborative relationships between all stakeholders and he is committed to our students and their education. He believes we must preserve the full scope of quality academics, including Special Education, arts, music, athletics and programs for English language learners. Cassadas knows we must prepare our students for college or a career by supporting both college preparatory classes and vocational and technical programs. All students must have the opportunity to learn and succeed. As a lifelong Banning resident, Cassadas feels that it is his responsibility to give back to our community, and he currently volunteers in the district. Cassadas is running for Banning Unified School Board to improve Banning schools.
Vote for Andrade, Curtis, and Cassadas on November 8th!
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