|Board member, Azusa Unified School District, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 6, 2001|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 What was at stake?
- 5 About the district
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez is a member of the Azusa Unified School District and President of the California Latino School Boards Association. She has served on the Azusa Unified School District School Board since 2001.
Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez ran against eight other candidates for three seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.
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|
Cruz-Gonzalez did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
These campaign themes were statements available on Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez's official campaign website. College & Career Ready
"Every Azusa USD student should graduate college & career ready. From first day of pre-school to graduation day, every Azusa student must have access to an engaging and rigorous curriculum. Each of our graduates will have choices to make, and it's our job to ensure that they are prepared for that path."
"Our schools should be the center of our community. Through partnerships with parents, community members, and local organizations, we can build a school district environment that supports student learning, strengthens families, and builds healthier communities. The educational experience should not be an isolated process, and we can change that by transforming our schools into community schools."
21st Century Schools
"Our students and our community deserve to have up-to-date facilities and access to technology. Technological breakthroughs have transformed our personal lives, and our classrooms and schools must meet these changing needs. Our students must be prepared to function in a rapidly changing society, and that starts with providing them with the environment and tools they need to be successful."
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 underperformed 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.
- [http://www.xilonin.com/ Xilonin.com, "Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez Experience. Commitment. Impact." accessed September 4, 2013]
- La Vote.net, "LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL CONSOLIDATED ELECTIONS - 11/5/2013" accessed September 4, 2013
- Xilonin.com, "Issues," accessed January 8, 2014
- 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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