The choice is clear for the Lodi Unified School District board, Area 4 — Calvin Young. His priority is the students. He is independent, a man of integrity and a fiscal conservative. Motivate by his daughter with special needs, he has served on various boards for nearly 20 years — being a champion for children and adults with developmental disabilities. He is currently President of the board of Valley Mountain Regional Center overseeing services to over 9,000 individuals with developmental disabilities.
Calvin Young understands that, just like our family budget, we cannot spend more than we have. Because of the great recession and severe reductions in education funding from Sacramento, our school board (just like every other school district in the state), has had to make tough budget decisions. Unfortunately, the economic crisis is not over and Sacramento continues to play games with the budget. We need Calvin Young with his financial and budget background to help minimize the impact to students.
Calvin Young has led the effort to secure additional funding for our schools and improve operations. His efforts have resulted in over $7.5 million in grants for the classroom and after school programs. He led the effort for energy conservation and recycling which is saving over $1 million per year. His financial background was instrumental in structuring the solar generation project which is estimated to save over $1.7 million over the next 16 years. Because of his financial and operations background, he has made numerous other recommendations which will save additional moneys which can be redirected to the classroom. He is also working with classroom teachers and administrators to enhance the use of technology in the classroom as a toll to better engage students and improve learning.
As a retired teacher, please join me in voting for Calvin Young for Lodi School Board, Area 4.