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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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Campbell Union High School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Stacey Brown

Governing Board Member, Campbell Union High School District
43,069 votes (31.4%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increase District Revenue
  • Attract, Retain and Develop Top Talent
  • Adapt instruction and course offerings to the needs of the current generation of learners

Experience

Experience

Profession:Governing Board Member, Campbell Union HS District
Co-Founder, ProjectZone (2010–current)
Governing Board Member, Campbell Union High School District — Elected position (2014–current)
Governing Board Member, Cambrian School District — Elected position (2010–2014)
Brand Integrity Program Manager, Johnson & Johnson (2005–2010)
Co-Founder, JAS Systems, Inc (1991–2000)

Education

Rochester Institute of Technology Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering (1986)

Biography

I was born and raised  in the New York Tri-state area.  After receiving my engineering degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and because Silicon Valley is the "If I can make it there I'll make it anywhere" place for engineers, I relocated to San Jose.

I worked for a legendary Silicon Valley software company in a range of positions from software development to system integration and implementation to sales, eventually starting my own consulting firm.  After taking time off from my career to stay at home with my children, I have been working in the Life Sciences industry for the past 8 years deploying information technology to solve complex business problems.

When my oldest son began kindergarten I was stunned at the state of public school funding in CA.  Our school actually held bake sales to raise money.  So I got involved and eventually ran for and was elected to the Cambrian School Board.

Half way through my term in Cambrian my oldest son, Matt, started high school.  We were both excited and little nervous.  On that first back to school night I was really taken aback by two things I observed.  First, the physical condition of the school was disheartening.  It was just run down.  But more importantly when I entered my son’s classroom I had a strong sense of Déjà vu.  His classroom looked exactly the same as the one I sat in 30 years earlier.  I think the chalk board had been replaced by a dry erase board.  That was my motivation for running for this seat four years ago, I felt that our high schools were not doing enough to prepare our children for 21st century careers.

I'm very proud of our accomplishments over the past four years, however, there is still more work ahead of us in order to make our schools places where students feel safe, valued and supported so that they can construct their futures.  As an experienced, independent trustee with children currently attending and recently graduated from a CUHSD high school, I am uniquely qualified to drive the changes our students deserve.  Decisions are made in the Board room and better decisions are made with the parent perspective of student life.  

 

 

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Judy Chirco, Former Vice Mayor of San Jose
  • Jason Baker, Former Mayor of Campbell
  • ​Andrea Ciplickas - CEO, CUHSD Education Foundation

Organizations (1)

  • Campbell High School Teachers Association

Elected Officials (5)

  • Don Rocha - San Jose District 9 Council Member
  • Johnny Khamis - San Jose District 10 Council Member
  • Susan M. Landry - Campbell City Councilwoman
  • Sheila Billings - President, Union School District Board of Trustees
  • Jarod Middleton - President, Cambrian School District Board of Trustees

Individuals (5)

  • Melanie Bleyler - President, Branham High School PTSA
  • Cathie Watson-Short - President, Prospect High School PTSA
  • Rosie "The Closer" Zepeda - Former Teacher, Cambrian Community Member
  • Audrey Del Prete - Program Manager, Junior Achievement of Northern California
  • Danielle M.S. Cohen - Campbell Elementary School District Trustee

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe great schools are the foundation of strong communities.  I believe education is essential to our children's future, and I believe it is our responsibility as citizens to get involved.  That is why for the past eight years I have served our community as a trustee in both the Cambrian and Campbell Union High School Districts.  It has been a privilege to serve in this capacity and I am very proud of our accomplishments such as:

  • Bringing in new leadership with fresh perspectives and instructional vision
  • Adding counselors to each site to address the academic and emotional needs of our students
  • Raising graduation requirements in order to increase post secondary opportunities for our students
  • Offering dual enrollment, with credit for high school and community college classes allowing students to graduate high school with transferable college credit
  • Passing Measure AA to create better learning spaces for our students
  • Improving access to technology, especially for low income students
  • Establishing an Education Foundation

I am seeking your support to continue my service to our community because there is still much work to be done to make our schools places where students feel safe, supported and valued so that they can construct their futures.

My priorities:

Adapt instruction and course offerings to the needs of the current generation of learners. We all share a vested interest in public education since it is meant to prepare our children for their future livelihood. The transition to the 21st century, makes those future careers difficult to comprehend.  Past methods make little sense to today’s students who learn and think differently, and they make little sense in relation to the changing workplace.  High school should be a place where students can discover their interests and develop necessary skills.  With your support we will make it so.

Attract, retain and develop top talent.  A great teacher in every classroom supported by a community of staff, administrators, mentors, and parents.  That's what it takes.  I will continue to prioritize the strategies and relationships necessary and hold our district leaders accountable to attain the results we need.


Increase District Revenue.  Every school district in California is facing the same issue.  Statutory costs such as pension contributions are rising faster than revenue causing structural budget deficits that will lead to cuts in programs. The CUHSD Board has recently put forward a plan to repurpose the district office site to generate approximately $1.5 Million of unrestricted revenue, annually, in perpetuity, without raising taxes.  This is just the first step.  Our entire community must come together to keep Campbell Union High School District fiscally strong for this and future generations.


Most importantly, I will be an independent voice that always puts the interest of our children first and will ensure they have the best preparation possible to become successful, lifetime learners.  I'd be honored to have your vote. Together we can make a difference.

 

 

 

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