Las Virgenes Unified School District elections (2013)

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2013 Las Virgenes Unified School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What's at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
California
Las Virgenes Unified School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Three seats on the School Board for Las Virgenes Unified School District were up for district wide elections that were held on November 5, 2013. Lesli Stein, Angela Cutbill and Mary Jo Ammon defeated Dallas B. Lawrence, Ray Pearl and Sharon Kaiser for the three at-large seats.

About the district

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Las Virgenes School District is located in Western Los Angeles County, California in Calabasas, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 23,058 residents.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Calabasas (%) California (%)
White 83.9 57.6
Black or African American 1.6 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 1.0
Asian 8.6 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.4
Two or More Races 4.0 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 6.4 37.6

Demographics

Calabasas outperforms 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 Calabasas was $118,182 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 64.8% of Calabasas 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 Calabasas was 6.5% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 97.1% of Calabasas residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[3]

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.[4]

Method of board member selection

Las Virgines Unified School District School Board consists of five members, all of whom are elected to four year terms. All board members represent the district at large. Board member terms are staggered so that at least two members, but no more than three are to be elected each odd numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. There are no primary elections. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. The two remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.

Elections

2013

Candidates

Election results

On November 5, 2013, Lesli Stein, Angela Cutbill and Mary Jo Ammon were elected to the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education. However, Dallas B. Lawrence received the most votes from Westlake Village, a precinct that counts its votes separately, and finished 3rd in the election.

Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education, General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLesli Stein 25.4% 2,549
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAngela Cutbill 22% 2,212
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMary Jo Ammon 19.5% 1,958
     Nonpartisan Dallas B. Lawrence 18.4% 1,846
     Nonpartisan Ray Pearl 14.7% 1,481
Total Votes 10,046
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013

Funding

No expenditures or contributions were reported during the election to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Endorsements

Mary Jo Ammon received official endorsements from all current LVUSD Board members, the mayors of Westlake Village, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, and Hidden Hills. Angela Cutbill received official endorsements from the Las Virgenes Educators Association, four current LVUSD Board members and the mayor of Agoura Hills. Dallas B. Lawrence received official endorsements from the California State Assembleymen Jeff Gorell, Brooks Firestone, and Jim Cunneen. Ray Pearl received official endorsements from current LVUSD Board member David Moorman, the mayor of Calabasas, and the mayor of Agoura Hills. Lesli Stein received official endorsements from all current LVUSD Board members, the mayors of Westlake Village, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, and Hidden Hills.[5]

Election history

2011

On November 8, 2011, two seats on the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Jill M. Gaines and Cindy Iser were unopposed and won the uncontested election.

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 Lesli Stein filed seeking re-election.

Issues

Implementation of Common Core

$2.2 million was awarded to Las Virgenes Unified School District in order to prepare for the implementation of Common Core. The district may spend on teacher training, technology and instructional materials before the Common Core takes effect in 2014. Some parents in the district are concerned because the STAR system of pupil evaluation had been used to determine placement into honors and advanced programs in the district. Assistant Superintendent Mary Schillinger said "Given the short runway for gearing up to the Common Core State Standards, and the significant shifts in the focus of the new standards, transition needs to begin this year. This cannot fully occur if there continues to be accountability to the current standards and STAR. Doing away with STAR in math, English/language arts, and social studies gives the green light for implementation of the common core state standards and the associated shifts in instruction."[6]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Las Virgines Unified School District election in 2013:[7]

Deadline Event
July 15, 2013 First day to file a petition of candidacy
August 9, 2013 Close of filing period for petition of candidacy
October 21, 2013 Last day to register to vote in school election
October 29, 2013 Final day to apply to vote by mail
November 5, 2013 Election Day

Additional elections on the ballot

The ballot for the November 5, 2013 election in Los Angeles County also featured elections for local and municipal positions, such as elections for City Clerk, City Treasurer, Mayor and City Council.[8]

See also

External links

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