|Board member, Azusa Unified School District, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||University of California|
|Profession||University professor, business owner|
Paul Naccachian is a university professor, owner and primary consultant of Collaborative Solutions. Prior to serving in these roles he was an attorney and served as a mediator for several community organizations. He earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of California before attending and graduating from the Quinnipiac University School of Law. He also earned a post-doctoral degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University. Naccachian is also the founder of the non-profit organization Beyond Vision United, coordinator of Restorative Justice Program with Pepperdine University, and served as President of the Downtown Business Association.
On November 5, 2013, Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez, Helen Jaramillo and Paul Naccachian defeated six challenging candidates for three seats on the Azusa Unified School District Board of Education.
|Azusa Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez Incumbent||18%||1,097|
|Nonpartisan||Lisa B. Harrington||12.4%||757|
|Nonpartisan||Johnny Ramos Sanchez||10.7%||650|
|Nonpartisan||Debbie Ann Kindred||6%||364|
|Nonpartisan||Russell Bryan Rentschler||5.1%||308|
|Nonpartisan||Veronika R. Delvaux||4.5%||275|
|Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013|
Naccachian did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
Paul Naccachian did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
On November 8, 2011, two seats on the Azusa Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Burke Hamilton and Yolanda Rodriguez Pena defeated two challengers.
|Azusa Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2011, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Yolanda Rodriguez Pena||25.8%||931|
|Nonpartisan||Ilean M. Ochoa||24.2%||876|
|Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Azusa Unified School District Voter Information" accessed September 4, 2013|
As your school board member I will support programs that will:
Create classroom teaching environments where children can develop critical thinking skills.
Provide enrichment activities and opportunities to motivate and challenge our students.
Implement transition links to Community Colleges and Vocational Training programs that will expose students to careers in Criminal Justice, Graphic Design and Entrepreneurship. We also need to teach e skills in Money Management and the tools to start a new business.
Build a network of support for students and parents. Develop Mentorship and Peer-to-Peer Programs
Provide a hostile-free environment for all students where bullying is addressed and not tolerated especially through texting and other social media.
Develop Computer Proficiency Program. It is estimated that over 70 percent of future jobs will require the competency in the use of computers. We all know that when our children graduate they will need to use computers in almost any profession they choose. If they decide to become a lawyer, a mechanic, or a farmer, they will need computer skills. The sooner they are exposed to computers and given regular practice, the more proficient they will be.
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Only incumbent Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez filed seeking re-election.
Azusa Unified School District has experienced a significant decrease in student enrollment since the 2006-07 school year. During the 2006-07 school year 11,353 students were enrolled at Azusa Unified schools, while in the 2011-12 school year 10,163 students were enrolled. The decrease of almost 1,200 students has resulted in decreased funding from both state and federal sources. In order to combat some of the problems associated with the decreased enrollment, Alice Ellington Elementary has been updated to accommodate students in grades K-8.
About the district
Azusa underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. The median household income in Azusa was $53,826 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 20.2% of Azusa residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The United States Census also showed the poverty rate in Azusa was 18.2% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 76.2% of Azusa 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 4, 2013
- Melissa Masatani San Gariel Valley Tribune, "Azusa Unified School Board candidates speak at forum," accessed September 3, 2013
- US Census Bureau, "Azusa, California Quick Facts" accessed August 30, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Azusa, California Quick Facts," accessed August 30, 2013
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