|Board member, Lancaster School District, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 6, 2001|
|Bachelor's||Antelope Valley College|
Keith Giles is a business administrator for the Antelope Valley Produce Company. He served on the Lancaster School District Board of Trustees since 2001. Giles is married to his wife Laura, they have five children and four grandchildren.
On November 5, 2013, Chris Grado, Sandy Price and Diane V. Grooms defeated three challenging candidates for three seats on the Lancaster School District Board of Education.
|Lancaster School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Diane V. Grooms||18.6%||2,193|
|Nonpartisan||William "Bill" Buck||13.9%||1,640|
|Nonpartisan||John Michael Rosario||7.2%||850|
|Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 13, 2013|
Giles did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
Keith Giles did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
On November 3, 2009, three seats on the Lancaster School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Chris Grado, Keith Giles and Diane V. Grooms defeated three challengers.
|Lancaster School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2009, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Diane V. Grooms||19%||2,307|
|Nonpartisan||Debra Marie Cook-Lewis||15.8%||1,915|
|Nonpartisan||Joseph "Joe" Weissburg||8%||966|
|Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Lancaster School District Voter Information" accessed September 30, 2013|
On November 8, 2005, three seats on the Lancaster School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Keith Giles, Gregory A. Tepe and Diane V. Grooms defeated one challenger.
On November 6, 2001, three seats on the Lancaster School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Keith Giles, Richard T. White and Gregory A. Tepe defeated two challengers.
What was at stake?
Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, including the seats of the President and Board Clerk. Incumbent President Chris Grado, Clerk Diane V. Grooms and member Keith Giles sought re-election.
Test cheating allegations
On September 23, 2013, the Los Angeles Times reported Piute Middle School in Lancaster School District had been accused of wrongdoing after more than 70 students reported a teacher had worked through test questions on the chalk board. More than half also reported that the teacher "stated it was OK to go back and correct their answers." The report was gathered along with reports of misconduct from other districts, which showed the cases of cheating were usually isolated, with one teacher acting alone. The investigation remains ongoing, while the math teacher in question remains on administrative leave. After a preliminary statement and a two and a half hour interview it was determined the teacher encouraged students to go back and change their answers.
About the district
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.
- La Vote.net, "LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL CONSOLIDATED ELECTIONS - 11/5/2013" accessed September 30, 2013
- Howard Blume LA Times, "Schools lose academic ratings after claims of cheating," September 23, 2013
- Document Cloud, "STAR Program Irregularity Report," accessed September 30, 2013
- US Census Bureau, "Lancaster, California Quick Facts" accessed August 29, 2013
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- US Census Bureau, "Baldwin Park, California Quick Facts" accessed August 23, 2013