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Zucco Endorses Incumbents, Covarrubias

In a letter to the editor, Monrovia Unified School District Board of Education Member Alex Zucco endorsed her colleagues on the board and newcomer Janeane Covarrubias.

I have had the pleasure of serving on the Monrovia School Board for the past two years and encourage the voters to re-elect and . I am also supporting . I  believe she would be a great addition to the board and serve our community well.

Ed and Bryan each bring strengths that none of the other candidates offer: experience in school finances at the local, state and federal levels. They also work through our many existing community partnerships, maintain a healthy cooperative relationship with all of our employee associations and show a deep understanding of how steady improvement in instruction and community involvement has lead to continued growth in Monrovia schools. As we enter 2012 and face the possibility of “trigger cuts” that could wreak havoc on our education community, we will have an even greater need for Ed and Bryan’s experience in navigating the uncertain future thoughtfully.

Ms. Covarrubias would bring her strong dedication to seeing that all of our students are challenged and parents are engaged. She brings a new perspective through her own experience in both private and public education and has good ideas for easing the transition to public. While the Monrovia schools and community have formed many award-winning partnerships, having a new voice and resource for bringing new partners into our Monrovia “family” can only work to our schools' benefit. And finally, her own personal connections to Monrovia and her community involvement with organizations like the Monrovia Latino Heritage Society, Girl Scouts and our PTAs will bring a broader, more representative look to the Board.

Monrovia Schools have continued to perform well even in this financial meltdown. That is a testament to our staff, students and their families. Monrovia is the only school district in our area to show an INCREASE in enrollment. This clearly demonstrates that the work done in our “world class schools” by our “world class students” is not going unnoticed, nor did it happen by accident. In order to continue our excellent forward progress, we must stay on message and avoid political grand-standing, personal agendas or using our board as a spring board to higher state office. Now is the time to stay vigilant and ensure the good work continues to happen and send good people to represent Monrovia schools.

Vote November 8th for Ed Gililland, Bryan Wong and Janeane Covarrubias.

Alex Zucco
Monrovia School Board Member

Chris Ziegler November 08, 2011 at 07:33 PM
Alex, Is this your sincere advice? My child depends greatly upon the policies you craft; Can you look me in the eyes and tell me your recommendations are honest and sincere and void of political backscratching? I'm hesitant to vote for an incumbent due to the censorship issue; if Rent was clean enough for Arcadia schools it was probably okay for our kids (that, and I feel public schools should teach tolerance) Thanks. Best regards, Chris
Erin Thorn November 08, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Everyone should do their own homework and vote for the candidates they deem worthy. Chris, if you are not trusting of Alex's recommendations, don't take them. No one should vote for candidates just because someone they know/trust is advocating for them. Those that would are the kind of people who should just stay at home today.
Alex Zucco November 08, 2011 at 08:08 PM
Yes, it is my sincere recommendation. akz
Alex Zucco November 08, 2011 at 08:10 PM
Great point Erin :) and here is a link to help voters with their "homework": http://www.smartvoter.org/2011/11/08/ca/la/race/1380/
Chris Ziegler November 09, 2011 at 09:59 PM
I too strongly wish that the voters would do their homework. In fact, the other day on CNBC's CEO roundtable, one of the CEO's stated, 'The greatest threat to America are the uninformed citizens'. That said I do have a slight disagreement: Since the board is a team and a team needs to "mesh", then the opinion of other board members has some relevance.

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