Trustee - Area 5
Contra Costa County
Board of Education

Public Service

In 1968, I dedicated myself to public service and youth education teaching English for the Peace Corps in Sultandag, a rural village in Turkey that had no electricity. Fifty years later, the idealism continues.

My twelve-year service as trustee for the Antioch School Board (3 years as President), and my experience with the Pittsburg Unified School District as career facilitator and California Department of Rehabilitation Workability Program Director for adults with disabilities, have given me practical strategies into work-based learning.

I am uniquely qualified to enhance the County's special education programs and expand its career training offerings for community day schools and for incarcerated juveniles.

My goal is to equip students with career-ready skills to meet the demands of the 21st century workplace.

In twelve years as AUSD Board Member, I worked with colleagues to achieve the following:

  • AUSD graduation rate increased to 87%, exceeding State average by 4%;
    Introduced uniforms to Elementary and Middle schools;
    Restored Music and counselors.

  • 12 consecutive years of positive budget certification;
    AUSD removed from fiscal watchlist from $9.8M deficit spending.

  • $56.1M Measure Bond B to renovate/modernize Antioch High;
    $500K per year set aside for long ignored deferred maintenance;
    Rainy day reserve of 4-5% emergency fund balance.

  • Two schools recognized as California Distinguished High Schools
    (Dozier Libby and Deer Valley High Schools).

  • Pioneered in career-based Linked-learning;
    Opened 10 academies in fields ranging from green energy, engineering,
    medicine, law and criminal justice, digital arts, etc.

I believe in communication and transparency. I am open, creative and innovative but adhere to sober budgeting, no-nonsense classroom behavior standards and back to the basics core curriculum. In this age of divisiveness, I get along without always going along. I am a consensus-builder but no pushover and cannot be bullied or bought.

For more information, e-mail Walter or call (925) 756-7628.