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Steinmeier, Chew Hold Seats on Arcadia School Board

April 23rd, 2009 by Temple City Tribune

With all the precincts reporting, semi-official results from Tuesday’s Arcadia School Board election show the two incumbents Joann Steinmeier and Janet Chew to have held onto their seats against challenger John Davis. Leading the pack was Steinmeier, who received 2.460 votes, or 41.42% of the total votes cast. In second place, Chew’s margin of victory was much narrower, garnering 1,891 votes, or 31.76%, versus Davis’s 1,603, or 26.92%. Echoing a local trend of low voter turnout for municipal and school board elections, only 5,835 voters either turned out at the polls or submitted a vote-by-mail ballot. That number accounts for only 11.8% of the 29,728 voters registered throughout Arcadia’s 15 districts.
In statements sent to Arcadia Weekly two weeks before the election, both incumbents expressed a desire to continue working on the district’s budgetary challenges, as well as improvements to curriculum and policies throughout the district.
Chew, who was appointed to the board in 2007, had the following to say in her statement to the Weekly:

AUSD Election 1 I am a relatively new board member with new ideas, energy, and enthusiasm, but with a long-standing background of service and the advantage of nearly 2 years of experience, critical in these challenging times.  I maximized this advantage by completing the Masters in Governance leadership program which has provided me with the skills necessary to perform effectively on the school board.
My goals for the district are to continue to address the budget and funding crisis:  I am confident that with our careful conservative planning, we will do it while maintaining our standard of excellence.  Continue to increase student achievement for all students and prepare them to be successful contributors in our changing global society.  And finally to complete the multimillion dollar facilities program to the satisfaction of this generous community giving our students the safe, state-of-the-art environment they need and our community the facilities they deserve.

Sounding an equally optimistic tone in light of serious challenges facing the district and schools across the state, Steinmeier laid out her plan for her next term:

AUSD Election 2 I believe that best days for Arcadia schools are yet to come and that we will weather this budget storm in such a way as to preserve what is unique and strong about our district.
I will continue to encourage the development of opportunities for ALL students to grow academically. Not all students are ready to learn at the same time or in the same ways.  Recognizing and acting on this will lead more students to higher levels of achievement.
Thanks to community support for our bond measure, we will build several new buildings in the district and renovate existing facilities at all schools. Respecting the trust that you have placed in us, I will continue to ensure the prudent use of these funds.  Finally, our students will have facilities equal to the fine programs we provide.

You can read both candidates statements in the entirety on our website, ArcadiaWeekly.com

By John Stephens

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