I urge voters in the Riverbank Unified School District to re-elect Elizabeth Meza to the board of trustees.
Before my retirement in 2012, I taught high school government and economics for 34 years, the last four in Riverbank. For 18 years, I also practiced educational law. I attended hundreds of board meetings advocating positions on issues.
As a teacher, I wanted trustees who cared about kids and their education. Meza really cares about children achieving their potential in a safe and supportive school environment.
As an advocate, I wanted trustees who understood the governance process and who were open-minded to presentations prior to making decisions. Meza, who holds a political science degree, really understands a trustees role, asks probing questions and thoughtfully considers her decisions.
When Meza was elected in 2009, RUSD already had financial woes, many from the recession that deprived California of tax revenue and thus deprived districts of much-needed state support. Meza has been a voice for fiscal responsibility, making sure the children are getting the most out of dollars spent.
Without reservation I endorse Meza for a second term.