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Election 2012: McLaughlin, Rogge Return to Livermore School Board

Unofficial election results show Thomas McLaughlin and Chuck Rogge will return to the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District's Board of Education.

Former trustee Thomas McLaughlin and Incumbent Chuck Rogge will return to serve on the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Board of Education, according to unofficial results from the Alameda County registrar. 

The school board race was for two open seats — both four-year terms.

With all 85 precincts reporting, McLaughlin was the leading vote-getter and garnered 31 percent of the vote.

McLaughlin is a former school board member who unsuccessfully ran for election in 2010. He was closely followed by Rogge, who received 29 percent of the vote.

Rogge was first elected onto the board in 2008.

Belia Martinez, who was appointed to the board in January to fill a vacancy when Stu Gary was elected to serve on the city council, fell short in her bid to return to the board. She took home 23 percent of the vote.

David Jonas, who works as a importer/distributor, is a former educator. He finished with 15 percent of the vote.

Jonas also serves as a Friends of the Vineyard board director and a treasurer for the Friends of Livermore.

View full results and other Livermore Patch election coverage here.

Kathleen Reardon November 10, 2012 at 05:58 PM
All Districts in California are on a fiscal cliff. LVJUSD is not alone in that one. I dare say, most American School Districts are in financial ruin. It's the national economic crisis affecting schools in the worst way. Tom can't fix that, especially while he's asleep. I have years of first hand knowledge of Tom McLaughlin's odd, selfish behavior. He can no longer act the professional. We will all be watching and we will be ready Tom. How did LEA allow this to happen? When I took on a school board election Tom came in dead last. Perhaps the teacher's need leadership that can play hard ball when necessary. There's more to a union than filing grievances.
Max Weber November 10, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Alan, either you don't know how to look at data, or you use it to your benefit. From 2008 to 2012 the API for LVJUSD increased 55 API points. This increase is more than Pleasanton, and most surrounding districts. Moreover, the fact that Livermore went into Program Improvement does not mean that they are not improving curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and making gains with student achievement. Almost all schools and districts receiving Title I funds are in PI, including Pleasanton and San Ramon. The cold, hard data (if you know how to dig a little deeper) shows the gains that have been achieved by individual schools, and the district as a whole. Lastly, what is not evidenced by the increase in student achievement data is the improvement in culture and climate since Tom has left. The district is much more collaborative and collegial. Even when Tom was awake he was completely incoherent. By the way Alan, this is not about charter schools. This is about children, and choosing the right person for the job.
John Harrington November 10, 2012 at 11:16 PM
I did not vote for her because her campaign mailer twice noted "re-elect". That was an untruthful statement which was meant to mislead the voters. She was appointed to a seat on the school board, not elected. If she had been honest, she would have used terms like "keep Belia on school board" or "return Belia."
Max Weber November 11, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Also, LEA had nothing to do with Tom not being re-elected in 08, or him being elected in 2012. The teachers need their union to play hard ball, as much as they need Tom on the School Board.
Alan Heckman November 12, 2012 at 02:48 AM
The LEA wanted Tom McLaughlin and Bill Morrisson out in 2008, and they got them out. (Though the impact of the LEA is debatable.) In Oct 2008: ""Kathleen Reardon, president of the Livermore Education Association, said the teachers union has not been involved in school board races for several years but is participating now to create change. “We don’t feel they support the teachers at all,” Reardon said, referring to Morrison and McLaughlin. She said the union did not give money to Rogge or Gary but is supporting them as well as the parcel tax through fliers, campaign phone calls and precinct walking."" http://www.redorbit.com/news/education/1585519/four_seeking_two_seats_on_livermore_school_board/ Maybe since Kathleen agrees now that the district is on a fiscal cliff that Tom was right in protecting the District's finances? Not sure what the benefit is to unionized teachers now for good relations. All the district has to do is control Shelly Fields and they control all LVJUSD teachers, and they can extract all the concessions they want: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUr6x_OGAI0

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