Candidate Statements for 2016 OUSD Board of Education Election

OUSD Trustee Area 2

Daniel Correa

I currently serve on the City of Orange Planning Commission vice-chair.  In past I have been a city planner, a police officer and a high school coach. I hold an Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration.

Personal: Having been dyslexic since childhood, I fully understand the requirements for special needs children. A school board member in OUSD must not only serve the community, but represent the needs and demands of all the community.

Technology: Career Technical Education (CTE) courses provide students with a pathway to post-secondary education and/or career skills to propel them into the workforce. To accomplish that we must revitalize our schools and implement new learning tools. These tools include new computer technology, science labs, efficient classrooms, and a modern infrastructure.

Trust: This November, voters will have an opportunity to elect a more responsive school board, with individual members who represent the entire community. That means having individuals who are prepared to work with school administrators and other elected  officers  to  enhance  the curriculum.

(Incumbent John Ortega was asked to provide candidate information for this issue, but he did not.)

OUSD Trustee Area 6

Jeremy Wayland

As a fifth generation Orange resident and a fourth generation Orange High graduate, I believe our schools are the backbone of our community.  My father served for eight years, and retired out due to medical reasons.  I would like to continue what he started, and make Orange Unified one of the best school districts in the county.

I am FOR Measure S – our school buildings desperately need capital improvements.

I am AGAINST the sale of Peralta or the development of apartments on the property.  Our school attendees are priority number one; but we also hold a responsibility to the community and our fellow citizens as well. The school board has a duty in the coming years to improve community relations and get everyone to come together and behind it for a common goal:  our schools and our future.

All of your candidate choices for the board this fall are great and wonderful people, and any one of them would serve your district well. Most importantly, we all agree that you vote "Yes" on Measure S.  Because, before any of us, our schools do come first.

Thank you, and I humbly ask for your vote this fall.

Nicole Baitx-Kennedy

My most important qualification for the Orange Unified School District Trustee Area 6 is that I have a son attending Linda Vista Elementary. I chose to run for school board because, like you, I want to make sure that OUSD schools prepare our children to be productive community members and participants in the global economy, just like they did for my six siblings and me - OUSD graduates all. My family is committed to public service; my mother retired from OUSD, and through her inspiration, I have worked with children for 30 years, including 21 years serving OUSD’s CARES program. Currently, I am a child care supervisor for the Ocean View School District. This experience has prepared me to take on the many challenges that OUSD faces. We can do better. Student achievement must come first. Open communication between parents, teachers and board members is vital to building renewed confidence in OUSD leadership. That’s the best way to ensure a 21st century curriculum and, in these times, safer schools. I support the OUSD bond measure on the ballot this November. I will make sure that this money is spent wisely and will keep parents informed about repair and safety improvements.

Brenda Lebsack

Orange County Teacher/Parent. I was born and raised in Orange County, earned my bachelor's degree from CSUF;  teaching credentials from San Jose State University; M.A. in special education from Chapman University; supplement credentials from Azusa Pacific University.   My husband of 31 years, Dr. Mark Lebsack, is a college professor and pastor. We are proud parents of two children, one a graduate of the Orange Unified School District. My professional background includes: teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels; peace officer for Orange County Juvenile Probation Department; special education and general education teacher; Children's Ministry director; and high school coach for girls' soccer and field hockey. I have been in the educational field for 20 years. I have a passion to make  OUSD one of the best school districts in Orange County. I support  Mea-sure S. As a parent, I understand the importance of community partnership. As an educator,  I value fundamental education as well as 21st century education with cutting edge technology, so at the time of graduation, our students can be fully prepared to compete in a global economy, for either pursuing higher education or vocational training..