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Bob Vasquez
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Board Member, Toledo Public Schools, At-large
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Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Toledo
Master'sUniversity of Toledo
ProfessionSocial worker
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Bob Vasquez currently holds an at-large position on the Toledo School Board. He won re-election to the board on November 5, 2013 against seven challengers. Of the three seats up, Vasquez was the only incumbent running for re-election.


A native of Toledo, Vasquez has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Toledo. A licensed social worker, Vasquez currently works as director of special projects since 1996 for The Twelve Inc., an organization specializing in foster care and adoption services.[1]



See also: Toledo Public Schools elections (2013)


Toledo Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBob Vasquez Incumbent 19.3% 16,715
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPolly Taylor-Gerken 18.5% 15,947
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChris Varwig 15.6% 13,505
     Nonpartisan Perry Lefevre 13.4% 11,589
     Nonpartisan Randall Parker III 10.8% 9,333
     Nonpartisan Aji Green 9.8% 8,423
     Nonpartisan Tina Henold 9.3% 8,023
     Nonpartisan Darryl Fingers 3.3% 2,852
Total Votes 86,387
Source: Lucas County of Ohio, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Lucas County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013


Vasquez was endorsed by the Leadership Fund of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Local Union 8, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Cement Masons and Plasterers Local 886 and Northwestern Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council.[1]


Vasquez reported $500 in contributions but no expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $500 on hand.[2]


Toledo Public Schools, At-large, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBob Vasquez 19.8% 23,269
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrenda Hill 17.5% 20,578
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLarry J. Sykes 15.5% 18,153
     Nonpartisan Darlene Fisher 14.7% 17,251
     Nonpartisan Aji Green 10.7% 12,579
     Nonpartisan Mindy Jenson 6.9% 8,159
     Nonpartisan James M. Jones 5.1% 5,954
     Nonpartisan John G. Bull Dog Rus 3.5% 4,141
     Nonpartisan Vince Hornik 3.4% 3,978
     Nonpartisan Norman E. Drogmiller 2.9% 3,394
Total Votes 117,456
Source: Election Results Summary, "General Election, Lucas County," accessed October 29, 2013

Campaign themes

In an October 2013 interview with the Toledo Free Press, Vasquez stated the following when asked about his campaign priorities:[1]

What are the three most crucial issues — in order of importance — facing TPS? What would you do as a board member to address the issues you identify?
The most crucial issues facing the School Board are financial stability, relevant and effective curriculum, and raising the performance of the underperforming schools. We also need to implement an effective marketing initiative in order to ensure that the public is aware of the opportunities that are available at Toledo Public Schools.

As a Board member I will continue to closely monitor our finances and continue to make the hard decisions that need to be made. I served as president of the Board during what I believe was the most difficult period in recent times. We have cut millions of dollars out of the budget by eliminating services and as a result of our staff making concessions. All of this involved making hard decisions, some of which have long lasting effects on our staff and students.

I am a trustee of the Ohio School Board Association. The association represents member school districts and assists us in educating our state and federal representatives on the array of education issues. Of course the most significant is funding. The state has balanced its budget largely by cutting funding to education requiring the local community to fund a larger portion. I am regularly involved in advocating on education issues in Columbus and I have traveled annually to Washington D. C. to do so on the national level.

I could write much more because these are complicated issues.

The state is mandating core standards that we must incorporate into our daily teaching. Much of the curriculum is mandated but we can make adjustments. We need to look at new techniques for teaching this generation of students. The current environment enables students to have access to instant information. For instance, current technology dictates that we incorporate technology into our methods of teaching. This is a long term issue that requires consistent attention. I have had discussions with the local universities and with our administration encouraging them to meet with higher education to let them know what our needs are.

We need to address the issue of our underperforming schools. The key is to improve parent participation. We need to find a method for engaging those parents who historically have not been engaged with their child’s school. We need to redirect resources to accomplish this.

TPS currently has a renewal levy on the ballot that will raise approximately $16 million annually for five years, or about the annual savings that can be obtained by implementing the performance audit recommendations. Why should the TPS renewal levy be approved by voters?
Asking for a levy is difficult when our community is affected by an economic crisis but it is necessary. The revenue from the renewal levy has already been included in our five year budget. Without that revenue there will be a reduction in services. It is important to recognize that although the performance audit was a quality product those projections are estimates over five years, and based on certain information and assumptions. The final savings from the performance audit will not replace the revenue. It will take time to negotiate many of these recommendations. It is also important to recognize that there are regular reductions in revenue from the federal and state government. We expect that to continue. The state continues to pass legislation regarding funding that negatively impacts public school funding.

Ohio statutes require that TPS teachers and principals have regular performance evaluations with student performance on standardized tests a component of the evaluation. Should teachers and principals be held directly accountable for student performance in their individual performance evaluations? Why or why not?
All of us should be held accountable. Student achievement is affected by more than teacher and principal performance. The students’ efforts and parental support play an active role in the ultimate success of the student. The student also deserves an environment where achievement is a priority, and the resources are provided; thus allowing for student success.

Toledo Public Schools has long had a successful evaluation program for our teachers, informally called the Toledo Plan.

Ohio is currently implementing national standards regarding the skills and knowledge all students need for success, referred to as the “Common Core.” Why do you support or oppose the adoption of these standards?
I oppose legislation that dictates to the local community a set of standards that takes away from teachers their ability to creatively respond to the individual needs of students.

I also oppose standards that do not take into consideration the individual student.

I oppose unfunded mandates on local school districts.

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Only one of the three incumbents filed for re-election. Voters also decided in favor of a $6.5 million levy for the district.

About the district

See also: Toledo Public Schools, Ohio
Toledo Public Schools is located in Lucas County, Ohio
Toledo Public Schools is located in Lucas County, which is situated in northern Ohio. The county's population was 441,815 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]


In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Lucas County underperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 87.3% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $41,949 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. The poverty rate was 19.5%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Lucas County (%) Ohio (%)
White 75.7 83.4
Black 19.5 12.5
Hispanic or Latino 6.4 3.3
Asian 1.6 1.8
American Indian 0.4 0.3
Two or More Races 2.7 2.0

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 64.9 33.2
2008 64.8 33.4
2004 63.6 35.9
2000 62.8 33.1

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[6] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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