|Board member, Alvord Unified Board of Education, Trustee Area 4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
Three seats on the Alvord Unified School District Board of Education were up for general election on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Art Kaspereen Jr. ran against challenger Mia Villeta Alvarado for the Trustee Area 1 seat, and incumbent Greg Kraft ran against challenger Robert Schwandt for the Trustee Area 4 seat. Incumbent José Luis Pérez did not file for re-election, leaving the Trustee Area 3 race to two candidates, Donna K. Wandro and Julie Moreno.
Kaspereen was successful in his bid for re-election, defeating Alvarado for Trustee Area 1. Moreno came out on top in the Trustee Area 3 race, and Schwandt defeated incumbent Kraft for Trustee Area 4.
This was the first election in which board members were elected by district. It was also the first time elections were held during an even-numbered year.
|Alvord Unified School District, Trustee Area 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Greg Kraft Incumbent||35.4%||752|
|Source: Riverside County Registrar of Voters, "Consolidated General Election November 4, 2014," accessed December 19, 2014|
Kraft received the endorsement of the California School Employees Association.
|Alvord Unified School District, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Art Kaspereen Jr.||19%||1,965|
|Nonpartisan||Greg Kraft Incumbent||17.7%||1,839|
|Nonpartisan||José Luis Pérez Incumbent||17.2%||1,779|
|Nonpartisan||Donna K. Wandro||14%||1,452|
|Nonpartisan||Rodrigo Torres Jr.||7.9%||814|
|Source: Riverside County Registrar of Voters, "Final Official Election Results," accessed September 12, 2014|
What was at stake?
Issues in the district
Board votes 3-2 to lease new office space
Despite disagreement on the Alvord Unified School District Board of Education, a $126,750 per month lease was approved. The vote was 3-2 in favor of approving the lease for office space in a Corona building owned by KPC Summit LLC at the board's public meeting on July 18, 2014. Prior to that meeting, the board had approved the lease in a closed session in May, also voting 3-2 in favor. That new space was needed was acknowledged by all on the board after a building was condemned at the former district office site in Riverside. The contention came from disagreement on whether that new space should have been built or leased, as the district does own property with room for new buildings. Board members Ben Johnson and José Luis Pérez believed it would be more cost effective in the long run to build. Board President Greg Kraft did not disagree with that statement, but also believed leasing gave the district both short-term and long-term options. The payments for the new lease were set to come out of the district's general fund, leaving the $13 million in bond money for construction projects to upgrade existing schools.
About the district
Alvord Unified School District is located in Riverside County, California. The county seat of Riverside County is Riverside. Riverside County was home to 2,292,507 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau. During the 2011-2012 school year, Alvord Unified School District was the 78th-largest school district by enrollment in California and served 19,741 students.
Riverside County underperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 20.5 percent of Riverside County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.5 percent for California as a whole. The median household income for Riverside County was $57,096 compared to $61,400 for the entire state. The percentage of people below poverty level for Riverside County was 15.6 percent compared to 15.3 percent statewide.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Alvord Unified School District
- Campaign website for state Assembly
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
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- Riverside County Registrar of Voters, "Viewing filing activity for Kraft, Gregory," accessed October 28, 2014
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- California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
- The Press Enterprise, "ALVORD USD: School board moves ahead with new office lease plans," July 24, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Riverside County, California," accessed July 3, 2014
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- Riverside County Registrar of Voters, "Past Elections," accessed July 3, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Alvord Unified School District Elections|
|Riverside County, California|
|Election date:||November 4, 2014|
|Candidates:||Trustee Area 1: • Incumbent, Art Kaspereen Jr. • Mia Villeta Alvarado |
Trustee Area 3: • Julie Moreno • Donna K. Wandro
Trustee Area 4: • Incumbent, Greg Kraft • Robert Schwandt
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|