UPDATED: The Fountain Valley unit of the California Republican Assembly has voted to oppose the Fountain Valley Unified School District Tech Bond, which will be on the November ballot.
Voters in Fountain Valley will need to do their homework this November when they vote for candidates for two open seats on the Fountain Valley School District’s School Board. The current board voted earlier this year to place a $23.5 million technology improvement bond measure on the ballot in November. This measure seems to be an obvious attempt to raise property taxes in Fountain Valley for no good reason.
This school district closed the Fred Moiola K-8 school last December, due to a a $2 million budget deficit. The closure saved them $375,000 a year. The school district netted $35 million dollars from selling other vacated school sites, according to the latest Superintendent newsletter. So why are they trying to raise everyone’s property taxes for a needless technology bond?
Trustees Ian Collins, the current Board President, and Christine Allcorn, the Board’s President Pro-Tem, are up for reelection. Two candidates, Jim Cunneen and Thomas Hobbs have pulled papers to run against them.
Cunneen is the owner of a company called Paratus,Inc. which appears to be an aerospace contractor. That company shows up as inactive in Linkedin. The Mayor of Fountain Valley has twice tried to appoint him to the Fountain Valley Planning Commission, failing to do so most recently in January of this year and previously in January of last year. I could not find any other information on Cunneen – he has a very low cyber profile.
I could find even less information about Hobbs. He is even more of a cypher than Cunneen.
Collins “has over 39 years of experience in education serving as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. Ian has served the District for the past three years on the Educational Foundation, Legislative ACE Committee and Surplus Property Advisory Committees,” according to his district profile.
Allcorn “was first elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2004. She and husband Marc reside in the Fulton-Tamura area and have two children. Christine graduated California State University, Long Beach with a degree in liberal arts-history and is a credentialed teacher. She has completed the rigorous 2-year “Masters in Governance” program, a continuing professional development course offered through the California School Boards Association,” according to her district profile.
If you want to run for the Fountain Valley School District’s Board of Education, you can file online here. You only have to pay $862 for a ballot statement. You have until August 10, 2012, to file your nomination paperwork at the O.C. Voter Registrar’s office.
Click here to view the Fountain Valley School District’s boundaries.