Robert Tice-Raskin is the right choice
As the past president of the Pleasant Ridge Union School District Board of Trustees, and nearly nine years serving on the board, I have perhaps a unique perspective from which to recommend candidates who I believe are qualified and properly motivated to serve on the board.
A critical strength required in our current economy, in my estimation, is a need for a strong business sense, including capabilities to manage a K-8 school district during times of severe financial problems at the state level. In the last four years, the state of California has underfunded PRUSD by nearly $6 million. In response, our district has had to trim and cut in areas previously untouched by financial hardships and use precious financial reserves that were carefully and responsibly accumulated over more than a decade.
I know for a fact that there are no more areas in the district budget to trim or cut that won’t result in a reduction of programs (that help define the level of excellence our community has enjoyed for more than a generation) and possibly even a cut in salaries for our dedicated educators and administrative employees.
This condition requires our school board members to be functional, creative and unnerved while in the midst of a financial crisis. As a sitting trustee, Robert Tice-Raskin brings these important strengths. In addition, he has impressive legal experience and a critical-thinking skill that is definitely an added value to the board and district. Robert’s field of law requires him to be meticulously diligent, a thorough reader, publicly responsible at a very high level, one who tests alternatives and is likely to see pitfalls or dangers where others may not. I believe he is well qualified to efficiently resolve paths of action in order to navigate the troubled financial circumstances the district is experiencing.
As a “bonus,” Mr. Tice-Raskin and his wife have children in the district, which gives him the ultimate motivation to keep the district at its peak possible performance. Robert is a willing and capable servant to the needs of the PRUSD. He is honestly capable of pursuing innovative solutions for our district that are not special-interest based. I know that he serves for the good of all students and families. I strongly endorse Robert Tice-Raskin for re-election this November.
Roger White is the past president of the PRUSD Board of Trustees.
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