Scott Mann Candidate Statement for Menifee Union School Board

The following was written by Scott Mann, a candidate for School Board Trustee, Menifee Union School ...

The following was written by Scott Mann, a candidate for School Board Trustee, Menifee Union School District...

scott mann menifeeI have decided to jump in this race because these two incumbents, Mr. O’Donnell and Ms. Peters, have TWICE voted to extend their terms of office. The first time, 2004, was to align the school board elections to the Presidential Election Cycle to “improve voter turnout”.....going from odd year to even year elections. The second time, 2009, was to “save the district money”.....going BACK from even year to odd year elections.

The current Board, in which Mr. O’Donnell and Ms. Peters are members, approved the term extension on December 8, 2009 by a vote of 3-2....hardly a mandate from the dais. The justification to extend terms a second time was to “save money”. Well guess what.....IT COST MORE MONEY. Changing election cycles AGAIN cost the Menifee School District over $16,000 to simply notify voters of the change. So, over a two fiscal year view, their decision actually cost more to the taxpayers by selfishly extending their terms of office. Like many other public entities across America, they simply “kicked the can down the road”.

Kudos go out to Mr. Bowman and Mr. Freeman for seeing through this waste and casting dissenting votes. Mr. Ulibarri, who sided with Mr. O’Donnell and Ms. Peters, said that he felt the economy is going to improve in the near future which would make it easier for the district to absorb the election costs in 2011. He is quoted in The Californian as saying “We’ll have a better idea of where we’re at the following year.” That was in December of 2009. Here we are in August of 2011. Has the economy improved Mr. Ulibarri? Have revenues from Sacramento magically appeared? Have more cuts been made to education? We all know the answer to these questions. As a private businessman, a realtor, Mr. “U” should have voted “no” on this initiative put forward by Ms. Peters.

Ms. Peters, the main proponent of the change, said after a board meeting (11/29/09) that she is not looking to avoid having to campaign in 2010. “The reason that we are doing this is mainly cost savings for the district,” Peters said. “I’d like to see us put (money) in the classrooms.” (Ref: The Californian, November 24, 2009, “Trustees to consider election change”). The 2008 election cost the district $65,821. If you add the cost of “notifying” voters of yet another election cycle change, estimated to be $16,370 (or .50 cents to notify all 32,741 registered voters in Menifee), to the cost of a regular election, you have increased the cost of the election by 24.8%! ($65,821 plus $16,370 = $82,191 cost to tax payers over two fiscal years). Folks, there is a basic concept in economics called “Total Cost of Ownership”, or TCO. These incumbents increased the TCO to our School District. Ms. Peters, rather than putting money in the classrooms as noted above, took money from the classrooms by her initiative and vote!

This is not fiscally prudent. This is not good public policy. This is not being good stewards of taxpayer dollars.

Having lived in Menifee for 22 years, all three of my children were educated in Menifee schools. I believe in high academic standards, staff performance and fiscal accountability in public education. I will work hard to ensure that our school district continues to exceed academic standards and that every dollar benefits our children’s education.

Education is our economic future and through education we will be competitive in the global economy. My leadership and business experiences in the private sector and school business management experience in public education qualify me to provide responsive leadership as a member of your Governing Board.

As a former business employee of the Menifee Union School District, I know full well the fiscal challenges that the district has managed over the last four years. I believe we can improve upon the district’s financial position while delivering high quality education to the taxpayers of Menifee.

Mr. O’Donnell and Ms. Peters have served on this Board admirably most of the time. However, their public policy votes to extend their own terms for the reasons they publicly gave are, to me, unforgiveable.

Thanks for listening. Please feel free to share this with other Menifee taxpayers.

Warm regards,

Scott Mann
Candidate for the Menifee School Board

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  1. Scott,

    That's why you're running? Nothing about ideas to improve our schools and student achievement? No passion or interest for the people and children of our community.

    Is this your way of getting back at the school system you no longer work for? Or maybe to stay visible in a city government that you're no longer part of?

    C'mon Mann, you got to be better than that! We are all sick of this stuff. Tell us why you would be the best person for our board... What it is you believe in and will work for... What you want for the future of our school district.

    The finger pointing and whining needs to go!

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  2. August 10, 2011 3:07 PM

    Did you read the entire statement? Obviously not.

    Why shouldn’t the incumbents be called out for what they are? Self-serving. Peters and O’Donnell have done nothing that is in the interest of the kids. In addition to voting to extend their own terms, they have provided increased compensation to the Super at the same time they took money out of the classroom. These two are as self-serving a politician as they come.

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  3. Scott Mann doesn't make sense here! If they spent 16,000 to let us know about the election change they actually saved us a little under 50,000 for the next election cycle. Regardless, there would have been an election cycle. So I used to be a fan of Scott's but this is clear manipulation of numbers and once again another politician running their mouth about nonsense.

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  4. Ironic - Mr Mann could save the taxpayers $65,000 by not running if he is the only one running against Mr. O'Donnell and Ms. Peters.

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  5. August 11, 2011 7:08 AM

    Did you read that post to yourself before you posted it?

    So what your saying is we shouldn't have elections? Just let the self-serving incumbents continue to hold our kids back.

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  6. There is a very qualified candidate that has not been mentioned here. Patricia Cahill is also running.

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  7. Alright Scott lets talk..

    What is your opinion on waist at the district office? Do we really need four assistant-superintendence’s or could the superintendent step up and earn her money?

    Are you considering looking into grading our teachers and firing the ones that are not doing a good job?

    Should we allow illegal immigrant kids in (yes we all understand that it is not the Child’s fault). However American kids are suffering when teachers have to teach the class twice. (I would like to point out that I did not specify any one race or ethnicity so screaming racist is not applicable)

    Why do some schools have part time health techs. And some have fulltime. I would much prefer to deal with one person to handle my child’s health and allergy demands instead of have to worry witch one I’m going to get.

    There you go Mr. Mann what are your thoughts.

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  8. Menifee School District's test scores have gone up and up over the last 6 years. These would not be the actions of a District or a Board that isn't concerned about student's education. Menifee School District is very fiscally sound and takes pride in boasting that we are one of the only district in Riverside County that continues to have special programs such as band and choir for our children PLUS there have been no lay offs of educators during this very serious economic and budgetary disaster within the State of California. As a Member of one of the best School Boards in Riverside County, I have worked very hard as a teamplayer for our children and our test scores prove it as does our overall record. No one has gotten raises, including the Superintendent. For verification of these facts, please call the District direct. When someone points a finger at someone, there are three more pointing back at him as he once again attempts to bully the public. I resent these accusations and can only hope the public is wise enough to call to verify these misrepresented facts and opinions before voting. Scott, with all due respect, why does our children and their educational process have to become a bitter political battleground to further your career steps? Thank you. Rita J. Peters