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Lakeside Union School District

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  • The Lakeside Union School District Board of Trustees has a combined 50 plus years of service to the students and community of Lakeside. 

    The board is charged with the responsibility for the general control and direction of education in the District based on state and federal constitutions and laws, and State Board of Education rules and regulations.

Mr. John Butz

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Mr. John Butz

(Term expires 2020)

Mr. Butz is married and has three children that have attended schools in the Lakeside Union School District. He recently retired from Cal Fire as a Firefighter where he worked for 32 years.  He has worked in various positions where he was responsible for budgets, staff, training, facilities and equipment. He also has experience working with other federal, state, county and local agencies and boards in the emergency services.  Mr. Butz has been an active PTSA member and served on the school site council. He was an involved parent throughout his children’s school years and assisted in many school projects and field trips, such as the 8th grade DC trip. He served as President for El Capitan High School baseball boosters and held positions for Lakeside American Little League and Lakeside Pony League Boards.

 
Mrs. Gelia Cook

Phone: 619-398-5154

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Mrs. Gelia Cook

(Term expires 2018) 

Mrs. Cook is a 40+-year resident of Lakeside. She is married and the mother of three children who have all attended Lakeside schools, and the grandmother of 10, with several who have also attended Lakeside schools. She and her husband, Dennis, own a local contracting company. As a long time community volunteer, she has served on the PTA boards at three schools in Lakeside. She also served as the Ninth District PTA president and on the California State PTA Board of Directors. She was a founding member of The Neighborhood Health Center here in Lakeside and the Mt. View Unit of Children's Hospital Auxiliary. She was originally elected to the board in 1990, and after a time off, she was appointed back to the board in September of 2009. Her background in business, education and the health of children has helped her to be an effective board member. She believes that all children are entitled to a quality education that stresses reading, math, science and the arts. She also believes that teachers need continuing staff development and that good teaching needs to be supported with advanced technology. She is thrilled that we have reached the day when we are finally moving ahead with the improvements to our facilities and providing technology to the advanced level that will make our students competitive with students from any district in San Diego County. Lakeside student's are deserving of the best education we can imagine and the board's goals for Technology, Science/Math and now the carefully crafted plans for spending the bond income reflect that belief. 
Mr. Kevin Howe

Phone: (619) 443-4117

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Mr. Kevin Howe

(Term expires 2018)
Mr. Howe is a 30+-year resident of Lakeside whose children and grandchildren have attended Lakeside schools. His work background in both the private and public sector has enhanced his ability to be an effective contributor to the role of trustee. Since his election to the board in 1990, he has helped propel the district into a high-performing educational district. Mr. Howe is passionately committed to an all-encompassing, quality educational program that is not only strong in the "arts", i.e. music, art, theatre and vocational studies, but is even more committed to a rigorous academic education in Math and Science along with Reading and Writing. He sees students excelling in these areas due to the highly trained and motivated cadre of teachers along with the strong parent support given to their child's education.
 
Lakeside Schools provide a wonderful opportunity for students to excel in a small community atmosphere of learning. In addition, there are plenty of social activities that provide a well-rounded educational experience.
Mrs. Bonnie La Chappa

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Mrs. Bonnie La Chappa

(Term expires 2018)

As a member of the Barona Band of Mission Indians, a lifelong Lakeside resident and a mother of three children, Bonnie LaChappa strives to be an active member of the Lakeside community. As a current Barona Tribal Councilmember and member of the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce Board, Mrs. LaChappa is a passionate advocate for education and has been actively involved in Lakeside schools for the past two decades. She served as a parent volunteer at Lindo Park Elementary, Tierra Del Sol and El Capitan High School. She has served on the PTA at all three schools in various roles including Vice President and Parent Volunteer Committee Chair. She has also served on the Lemon Crest Elementary School Site Committee. While serving as a Barona Tribal Council member, Mrs. LaChappa was actively involved in the Tribe's community relations program and helped direct major charitable contributions of financial support and services to dozens of local causes benefiting all San Diegans. Among these efforts, she played an active part in the development and execution of the Barona Band of Mission Indians' Education Grant Program, which awarded a total of $90,000 in grant money to 18 schools across the state to promote academic improvement in its first year. Mrs. LaChappa is committed to helping ensure that all Lakeside students receive a superior education and believes in the partnership between parents, students and most importantly their District's governing body to realize this goal.

Mrs. Rhonda Taylor

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Mrs. Rhonda Taylor

(Term Expires 2020)

Mrs. Rhonda Taylor is an elementary school principal in Poway California and has been in education in various positions for over 25 years. She spent 21 of those years in the Lakeside Union School District.  She is passionate about providing students access to high-quality education and maintaining positive outcomes for the employees of LUSD. Rhonda Taylor began her career with the Lakeside Union School District as a student teacher at Lakeview Elementary School. After teaching 12 years at Lakeside Farms Elementary, she became vice-principal at Lakeside Middle School She then became the principal of Lakeview Elementary School. During her time at Lakeview, Mrs. Taylor led her talented staff to begin a comprehensive music education program, a 50% bilingual program, and watched Lakeview’s students soar to success! In addition, Rhonda Taylor is enthusiastic about educational technology and helped to implement the technology program in the Lakeside Union School District. She eventually moved to the LUSD District Office where she helped to transition the LUSD teaching staff to implement the new state standards, and led two curriculum pilots, adopting the curriculum now used in Math and Language Arts. Ultimately Mrs. Taylor moved to the Poway Unified School District to see how a larger district operates. Rhonda Taylor is proud to be associated with a school district that provides so many unique opportunities for students to be engaged and successful!  She is a married mother of three children and a member of the Lakeside Historical Society as well as The Woman’s Club of Lakeside.

 
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