Letter: Three for School Board
FROM THE DAVIS ENTERPRISE
My bid earlier this year for the DJUSD Board of Education was driven by the belief that school boards are at their best when there is a diversity of perspective, ideology and experience. My goal was, and always will be, to assure that issues of equity and inclusion are made priority; all students should have equitable access to a high-quality education. I submitted my application to further this goal and for community members to see and understand the lens through which I, and many other Davis families, live our lives.
Board trustees are compelled to assure that all students have equitable opportunity to achieve. This includes working within our school system to identify and raise awareness of barriers and obstacles to opportunity, interrupting their negative impact, and eliminating persistent disparities in outcomes.
To achieve educational equity goals we must hear and address the needs of teachers, administrators and staff. We must provide support and encourage our educators to continue to nurture an innovative, positive, safe and inclusive school environment where all learners thrive. How our students experience our schools directly impacts their learning.
Board trustees are accountable to serve the diverse values and needs of their community. For this reason I am pleased to endorse the following candidates for DJUSD Board of Education:
Vigdis Asmundson (at large) has 20-plus years of experience in teaching and education policy. She understands teachers’ needs and what is necessary for their success. Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald (Area 5) is an advocate for underprivileged children and programs to support them. She has served on numerous local boards, commissions, and councils and brings a unique perspective as a foster/adopt parent. Lea Darrah (Area 2) is skilled in and experienced with education policy, state legislation, and budgeting. She has extensive volunteer experience with local organizations and in Davis schools.
These candidates will be publicly engaged and bring a valuable approach to policy that directly affects our children’s education. Please join me in voting for Vigdis Asmundson, and, for those in Area 5, please vote for Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald for DJUSD Board of Education.
Rachael Fulp-Cooke Davis