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VUSD: Election Outcomes

Posted November 7, 2012.

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VUSD: Election Outcomes

  1. 1. Vista Unified: Election UpdateThe results of the election on November 6th will certainly have an impact on Vista Unified School District.Important federal, state, and local decisions were made by the voters and those outcomes will influenceour efforts both in the short-term and long-term horizons. Many community members, including ourown staff, are asking questions about how particular outcomes will translate into changes in their ownlives. While much remains to be seen, here is what we do know at this point in time:Prop 30 PassesThe Budget and multi-year projections for VUSD were built on the assumption that Proposition 30 wouldpass. We will maintain the current 180 day instructional calendar in 2012-13 and again in 2013-14.Even with the passage of Proposition 30, we project deficit spending in each of the next two years thatrequire additional expenditure reductions.Based on our two-year agreement with the Vista Teacher’s Association, class sizes will remain at presentlevels in 2013-14.We do not currently have an agreement with CSEA for the current year (or next year) that commits toany changes as a result of Prop. 30.We do not currently have specific plans for adjusting management/administration schedules in thecurrent year. Changes for management do not need to be negotiated.Prop 38 FailsVUSD did not anticipate any new revenues from Proposition 38 in the budget or in the multi-yearassumptions. The failure of Proposition 38 essentially confirms those projections.Local Election ResultsThree seats for the Vista Unified School District Board of Trustees were at stake in this year’s election.For the first time, VUSD conducted the School Board elections in ‘Trustee Area Districts.’ Here are theresults: 1. In Area District 1, incumbent Elizabeth Jaka was re-elected and she will now serve through 2016. Ms. Jaka has been on the board since 2008. 2. In Area District 4, incumbent Angela Chunka ran unopposed and she will now serve through 2016. Ms. Chunka has been on the Board since 2008. 3. In Area District 5, incumbent Steve Lilly did not run for re-election. Dr. Lilly served on the Board from 2004 to 2012. The new Board member will be Rich Alderson, a former administrator in the Vista Unified School District. Mr. Alderson will serve on the Board through 2016.Congratulations to our new Board Members and many thanks to all that have served our district. WeNovember 5, 2012 1
  2. 2. also appreciate the efforts of those that were eager to serve and we hope to engage the expertise of allcandidates to assist in our continuous improvement efforts as a school district.We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available. I am grateful to each and everyone of you that participated in our democratic process and I continue to look forward to our next stepsas a learning community.In gratitude,Devin Vodicka, EdDSuperintendent of SchoolsVista Unified School DistrictNovember 5, 2012 2