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The Governing Board

As the Hemet Unified School District enters the twenty-first century, it is the Governing Board's responsibility to ensure each child's education to the fullest of his or her potential by fulfilling four objectives:

  • Vision: Establishing the vision for education in the District.
  • Structure: Establishing the structure and environment to implement the vision.
  • Accountability: Setting academic performance standards and providing services to assist those not experiencing success.
  • Advocacy: Speaking out strongly for the public schools and their students.

Board Trustee Area Boundary Map

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Priorities

  • Academic Excellence
  • Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability
  • A Safe Learning Environment
  • Improved Employer-Employee Relations
  • Provide Adequate Facilities to House Students and Serve as Centers for Community Activities and Services
  • Enhanced Marketing of the Schools and District

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Norms

  • The Board's basic decision making frame is "what is best for students".
  • Board members will debate issues with vigor, disagree when appropriate, but remain respectful of other board members and staff during the process.
  • Each board member's viewpoint is valuable to the group and will be heard and respected.
  • Each board member is responsible for expressing his/her viewpoint in an open and honest manner during the meetings and prior to a decision on any issue.
  • Each board member commits to review materials prior to meetings and to fully prepare for each board meeting.
  • Once the Board votes on an issue and a decision is reached, all board members will abide by the Board's decision.
  • Board members will work with and through the Superintendent and staff to address concerns within the district.
  • Board members will respect the administrative sphere of activity led by the Superintendent and the Superintendent and staff will respect the Board's sphere of activity in policy making and fiscal oversight.

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Meet the Board Members

Paul Bakkom

Paul Bakkom,
President

Ross Valenzuela

Ross Valenzuela,
Vice President

Marilyn Forst

Marilyn Forst,
Board Member

Vic Scavarda

Vic Scavarda
Board Member

Lisa DeForest

Lisa DeForest,
Board Member

Joe Wojcik

Joe Wojcik,
Board Member

Jim Smith

Jim Smith,
Board Member

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Board Member Committee Appointments

  • Career and Technical Education:
    The Vocational Education Advisory Committee maintains open lines of communication among high schools with career/technical education programs, the community and education partners such as MSJC and Riverside County Regional Occupational Program. The committee shares information and gives and receives input with regard to the various career/technical education initiatives in our valley. Meetings scheduled as needed, approximately three or four times a school year with the next meetings planned for February 6 and March 20, 2014 in the Board Room and on April 17 in the Mustang Room at the PDA.
    • Paul Bakkom
    • Marilyn Forst
    • Jim Smith
  • Curriculum Council:
    The Curriculum Council is composed of a majority of teachers and may include administrators, other staff with subject-matter expertise, parents/guardians, community members and students. The committee reviews, evaluates and recommends instructional materials for Board approval. Meetings scheduled February 13 and May 1, 2014, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room.
    • Lisa DeForest
    • Jim Smith
    • Ross Valenzuela
  • District DATA Team:
    The purpose of the District Data Team is to provide accountability oversight at the district level, as well as a communication tool to our stakeholders. The team will have a good understanding of the district schools yearly performance as based on the STAR Testing. They will analyze multiple assessment data throughout the year to chart ongoing progress. All data will be discussed in light of district and school initiatives that impact student progress. This committee meets three times a year. The committee is made up of district, school site, community, and board members. The next meeting is scheduled for March 13, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Conference Room 304.
    • Lisa DeForest
    • Paul Bakkom
    • Ross Valenzuela
  • Facilities Committee:
    The Board Facilities Committee consists of three appointed board members who meet periodically with the facilities staff to preview plans, designs, proposed school sites, renovations, and other facilities related issues. The purpose of the committee is to provide board input to the facilities staff prior to submittal to the entire Board. Meetings scheduled as needed usually on board meeting Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. in the Superintendent's Conference Room.
    • Marilyn Forst
    • Jim Smith
    • Joe Wojcik
  • Finance Committee:
    The Finance Committee is composed of no more than three appointed board members who meet periodically with the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services and the Director of Fiscal Services. The purpose of the committee is to review financial and budget information, as well as to discuss and offer input on various financial matters, especially in regards to annual budget development. Meetings will be scheduled as needed usually in the Superintendent's Conference Room to review budget documents, Interim Financial Reports and Unaudited Actuals.
    • Paul Bakkom
    • Joe Wojcik
    • Vic Scavarda
  • Head Start Parent Policy Committee:
    The Head Start Parent Policy Committee is a federally mandated committee composed of parents elected from each Head Start site and acts as advisors and works with the Governing Board and Head Start staff on issues related to budgets, policies, staff composition, curriculum and program delivery. Meetings are scheduled for January 16, February 13, March 13, April 16 and May 15, 2014 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. at the Preschool Office located at the old Hemet Elementary campus on Kimball and Santa Fe in Conference Room 2.
    • Vic Scavarda
    • Jim Smith
  • Recognition and Awards Committee:
    The Board Recognition and Awards Committee meets yearly to select student recipients of HUSD Governing Board Scholarships prior to submittal to entire Board for approval. Meeting scheduled once a year in April in the Superintendent's Conference Room.
    • Paul Bakkom
    • Jim Smith
    • Ross Valenzuela
  • Riverside County Committee on School District Organization (RCCSDO): The RCCSDO is administered by RCOE and is composed of two representatives from each of the five County Supervisorial Districts, plus one Member-at-Large, who serve four year terms. A principal duty is to appoint a Board Member to be the voting delegate for Hemet Unified School District to participate in the election of members to RCCSDO. The election is scheduled by RCOE on a yearly basis and is usually held immediately prior to the joint Riverside/San Bernardino County School Board Association meeting in October.
    • Ross Valenzuela
  • Technology Advisory Committee:
    Hemet Unified School District understands that technology supports effective communication and efficient use of resources as well as providing a conduit for data-driven decision making. The purpose of the committee is to provide comment and advice on the direction of infrastructure - purchases, back end needs, network, compatibility, hardware, etc. In addition the committee will provide feedback on proposed professional development - targeted personnel, targeted programs, timelines, budget, etc., and will advise administration about software choices, learning tools, curriculum integration, teacher delivery tools, etc. The committee will meet as needed, approximately two or three times a year.
    • Ross Valenzuela
    • Joe Wojcik
    • Vic Scavarda
  • Wellness/Nutrition Committee:
    The Board Wellness/Nutrition Committee consists of appointed board members who meet regularly with staff from Educational Services and Nutrition Services to provide board input into the nutrition and wellness policies and practices prior to submittal to the entire Board for approval. The next meeting is scheduled for March 6, 2014, from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the PDSC Conference Room 304.
    • Lisa DeForest
    • Marilyn Forst

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