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Ortiz is the right choice for Yolo

By From page A6 | April 24, 2014

As former school board members, we value the importance of providing a quality education to every child in our communities. That is why we’re supporting Jesse Ortiz for Yolo County superintendent of schools. Ortiz has a lengthy track record of working for better schools and for reaching out to ensure that disadvantaged children have an opportunity to learn.

Ortiz’s professional background is extensive and relevant to the needs of Yolo County students. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Ortiz earned his bachelor’s degree, a master of social work degree and a doctorate in education administration. He has served as a counselor, school social worker and administrator in the Elk Grove school, the North Sacramento schools and the Santa Clara and Sacramento County Offices of Education.

He also has served as a dean, instructor and counselor for both the Los Rios and Yuba community college districts, where he now works. Ortiz holds a K-12 administrative credential, a K-12 and adult education pupil personnel services credential, and several community college teaching credentials.

Ortiz understands and works collaboratively with elected boards. He currently serves as a trustee of the Yolo County Board of Education. He also served for 10 years as a board member and president of the Woodland school board.

Ortiz has a record of effective commitment to Yolo communities as a board member for the Yolo County Special Olympics, the Yolo County Health Council, the Yolo County Multicultural Council and the Yolo Family Resource Center. He’s also volunteered as a referee and coach for a variety of youth sports. Most recently, he spearheaded an effort to raise money for homeless children placed in foster homes.

We agree with his priorities. Ortiz has stated his plans for improving Yolo County schools: providing preschool for all children, ensuring that all third-graders are able to read at or above grade level, encouraging parent-to-school engagement and creating college partnerships.

Please join us in supporting Jesse Ortiz as county superintendent of schools. His nearly four decades of exemplary service to local children set him apart. We encourage you to vote for a candidate with a proven record of accomplishment and dedication right here in Yolo County.

Helen Thomson, Jim Provenza and Don Saylor
Davis

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