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Letter: James Mousalimas is the right man for San Joaquin County superintendent of schools

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Posted: Monday, May 26, 2014 10:48 pm

A vote for James Mousalimas to be San Joaquin County superintendent of schools is a vote for experience, dedication, scholarship and compassion.

This bright, energetic graduate of University of California, Berkeley, former Peace Corps volunteer and math teacher will not require on-the-job training; he already has it, having served as an assistant superintendent for Tracy Unified, as an assistant superintendent for the county-operated schools (overseeing expelled students and other volunteers from all school districts), and in his current position as deputy superintendent of Student Services/Programs.

Mr. Mousalimas also clearly understands what will be required to implement the new Local Control Funding Formula for the Common Core Standards.

Do not be misled by his two challengers, Mike Gillespie and Jeff Tilton. Neither has the experience necessary to manage a position that oversees hundreds of workers and a $239 million budget. While one might be tempted to vote for Gillespie because he is a former local guy (now living in Stockton), please do not; he simply is not ready for this post. Although his work as principal at Joe Serna Jr. Charter School and as a vice principal in charter schools is admirable, he would be in over his head. San Joaquin County cannot afford to train him for a position with such a high learning curve.

Tilton also lacks the experience necessary. He recently had himself appointed superintendent of one of the smallest districts in the county, New Jerusalem, hardly training for county superintendent. He has shown himself to be a devious force by suggesting that the Office of Education eliminate the business superintendent, an action opposed by all the major school districts. Recently, he has resorted to innuendoes and half-truths. These are the actions of a desperate man on the losing end of an election.

A recent letter by respected former Lodi teacher, coach and athletic director Greg Clark offers strong support of James Mousalimas. As your current representative on the County Board of Education for the Lodi/Morada area and current board president, I ask you to join Greg and me in putting the best man on the job.

David Sorgent

Trustee of Area 5

President of the San Joaquin County Board of Education

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