Chris Grado

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Chris Grado
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Board member, Lancaster School District, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
November 2017
Leadership
President
1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolQuartz Hill High School
Bachelor'sAntelope Valley College
Master'sCSU Northridge
Personal
ProfessionInduction coordinator
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Chris Grado is an incumbent member of and was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Lancaster School District Board of Trustees that was re-elected in the general election on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Chris Grado is an induction coordinator with the Antelope Valley Union High School District. He graduated from Quartz Hill High School and earned his Bachelor's degree from Antelope Valley College. He later earned his Master's degree in Education and another in Literature from California State University: Northridge. He is married to his wife Monica and they have two children. He and his wife also own three dry cleaners in the Antelope Valley area.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Lancaster School District elections (2013)

Chris Grado ran against five other candidates including incumbents Keith Giles and Diane V. Grooms for three seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.[2]

Election results

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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChris Grado 22.1% 2,596
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSandy Price 21.1% 2,484
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDiane V. Grooms 18.6% 2,193
     Nonpartisan Keith Giles 17% 1,996
     Nonpartisan William "Bill" Buck 13.9% 1,640
     Nonpartisan John Michael Rosario 7.2% 850
Total Votes 11,759
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" Accessed December 13, 2013

Funding

Grado did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Endorsements

Chris Grado did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

2009

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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChris Grado 25.3% 3,074
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Giles 19.1% 2,324
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDiane V. Grooms 19% 2,307
     Nonpartisan Debra Marie Cook-Lewis 15.8% 1,915
     Nonpartisan Kermit Franklin 12.8% 1,552
     Nonpartisan Joseph "Joe" Weissburg 8% 966
Total Votes 12,138
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Lancaster School District Voter Information" Accessed September 30, 2013

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 filed seeking re-election.

Issues

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.[3] 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.[4]

About the district

Location

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Lancaster School District is located in the Northern Los Angeles County, California in Lancaster, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 159,055 residents.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Lancaster (%) California (%)
White 49.6 57.6
Black or African American 20.5 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.0
Asian 4.3 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.4
Two or More Races 5.4 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 38.0 37.6

Demographics

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.[7]

See also

Lancaster School District, California
Lancaster School District elections (2013)

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