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 trustee’s role, asks probing questions and thoughtfully considers her decisions.
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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.