Barbara Willibrand

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Barbara Willibrand
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Member, Antelope Valley Union High School District
Incumbent
Term ends
2017
Years in position 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Education
Master'sLaVerne University
Personal
ProfessionRetired Principal/Teacher
ReligionCentral Christian Church
Websites
Campaign website
Barbara Willibrand is an incumbent for the Antelope Valley Union High School District Board of Trustees. She was opposed by 5 candidates. Willibrand campaigned on a platform promoting tough disciplinary policies, astute fiscal management, and increased public participation.[1]

Biography

Barbara Willibrand is a retired school principal and teacher that served in the Antelope Valley Union High School District. She received her Master's Degree from LaVerne University. Her late husband Walt served in the Antelope Valley Union High School District as a teacher, counselor and administrator.[2]

Elections

2013

See also: Antelope Valley Union High School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Barbara Willibrand ran against five other candidates including incumbents James T. "Jim" Lott and R. Michael Dutton for three seats in the general election on November 5, 2013. John Hutak, Dana F. Coleman, and Paul O. Scott also sought seats in the election.[3]

Election results

On November 5, 2013, Robert Michael Dutton, Sr., Dana F. Coleman and Barbara Willibrand defeated three challenging candidates for three seats on the Antelope Valley Union High School District Board of Education.

Antelope Valley Union High School District Board of Education, General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Michael Dutton, Sr. 19.5% 9,140
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDana F. Coleman 19.3% 9,081
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Willibrand 18.2% 8,555
     Nonpartisan James T. "Jim" Lott 16.8% 7,876
     Nonpartisan John Hutak 14.1% 6,635
     Nonpartisan 12.1% 5,678
Total Votes 46,965
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 13, 2013

Funding

Willibrand has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Endorsements

Barbara Willibrand did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign as of yet.

About the district

Location

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Antelope Valley Union High School District is located in the Northern Los Angeles County, California in Lancaster, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 159,055 residents.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Lancaster (%) California (%)
White 49.6 57.6
Black or African American 20.5 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.0
Asian 4.3 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.4
Two or More Races 5.4 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 38.0 37.6

Demographics

Lancaster underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. It has the same percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma as the rest of the state of California. The median household income in Lancaster was $52,290 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 16.5% of Lancaster residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Lancaster was 20.2% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 80.8% of Lancaster residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[6]

Election history

2009

On November 3, 2009, two seats for the Antelope Valley Union High School District Board of Trustees were up for election. Candidates Barbara Willibrand, James T. "Jim" Lott, and Kathy Carothers defeated three challenging candidates.

Antelope Valley Union High School District Board of Education, General Election, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Willibrand 22.5% 10,167
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJames T. "Jim" Lott 20.2% 9,121
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Carothers 20.1% 9,074
     Nonpartisan Albert Stuart "Al" Beattie, Sr. 15.6% 7,054
     Nonpartisan Emmett Britney Murrell 11.6% 5,248
     Nonpartisan Donna Lee Redmayne 10% 4,498
Total Votes 45,162
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Antelope Valley Union High School District Voter Information" accessed August 29, 2013

What was at stake?

Three At Large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013.

Issues

Underperforming charter school

In 2011, the California Charter School Association (CCSA) recommended ten charter schools not have their charters renewed by their individual school districts. The Los Angeles County Online High School under the authorization of Antelope Valley Union High School District was included in this list. In order to meet the CCSA's Minimum Criteria for Renewal a charter school must have been in operation for a minimum of four years and meet on of the following:[7]

  • Academic Performance Index (API) score of at least 700 in most recent year
  • 3-year cumulative API growth of at least 50 points (2010-11 growth + 2009-10 growth + 2008-09 growth)
  • Within range of or exceeding predicted performance based on similar student populations statewide, for at least two out of the last three years, based on CCSA's metric, the Similar Students Measure.

Despite these recommendations, the Los Angeles County Online High School remains in operation.

References