Santa Clara County Voter's Guide On Children's Issues

Berryessa Union School District

Richard I. Claspill

I believe that the Berryessa Union School District Board of Trustees is the best board that I have seen in the past 50 years. If You feel that we have done more for this school district in the past decade than ever before, then you must re-elect this board to continue that progress.

  1. Taking into consideration the profound impact of COVID-19 and the expanded movement for racial justice and equity, what do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?

    As always our top responsibility is to keep students and their families, and our staff, safe and healthy. that is why we built fences around our schools and why we have distance learning during a Covid-19 pandemic..

    This board has enacted policy to bring about racial justice and equity. If you look at the Trustees they are ethnically diverse as are the Superintendent and her cabinet, as are the principals, teachers, and other employees.

    As this pandemic has shown us, the need for an effective computer literacy program is needed, with hardware and software as well as personnel well trained to back that up..

    When I and my wife were teaching for our careers we had need to attend for sick children a and spouse, we were careful to have the most effective substitutes possible to teach our students. This is even more true today, the scarcity of teachers and substitutes is a need that becomes a priority.

  2. How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?

    In order to get the job done it must be a part of the budget. We have an outstanding Superintendent. The Superintendent knows the above issues and knows that that the board considers them to be priorities. Our trustees have shown that they are capable to rise to the challenge, they have started to respond to the above issues and if we keep the board intact, it will succeed.

  3. What steps will you take to address the high cost and lack of availability of quality child care and preschool programs in our communities, especially for low-income children and English language learners?

    Our School Board has leased many of our buildings at reduced costs to help child care, preschool, low income and English language learners. As needs arise we have made assistance available I am sure that we shall continue to do so in the future.

  4. What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?

    Some of my grandchildren have received said inclusion and positive outcomes for their autistic, RSP, and special day program needs. The school district is known for its excellence in these programs and the board will continue to speak up for it's improvement.

  5. Much of the student achievement gap has been linked to the "opportunity gap" that low-income children and children of color experience, including lack of access to healthy food, preschool, tutors and enrichment activities. If elected, what steps will you take to address this issue?

    Presently we are giving out free healthy meals to any child below the age of 18, during the Covid pandemic. We have reduced the opportunity gap with free wifi hot spots, computers, and technical support staff. Every monthly Board of Trustee Agenda you can see that we enact policies, procedures, and programs to improve the opportunity gap. If re-elected I will continue those efforts to close the gap.