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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 07, 2012 at 07:53 PM
It is an extremely sad day when Tom Mc Laughlin returns to the LVJUSD Board. Tom, Brenda is not there to highlight your agenda and wake you up when you need to speak. Shame on you for even running. Voters must have been asleep when they reelected you. We cleaned up the animosity between LVJUSD and the various other groups, please, I beg you, do not bring your old hateful attitude into a cooperative, mutually respectful environment.
Renee Haugen November 07, 2012 at 09:23 PM
We just stepped back 10 years in time by electing Tom McLaughlin to the LVJUSD school board. He's going to be in for a shock when he finds out that current school board members and district administration are dedicated to working together with teachers and other staff members to educate Livermore's children. I ask that other current Livermore Trustees please not put up with his old ways that destroyed the relationship between LVJUSD and its teachers. If his interview in the Independent was any indication, he does not have a clue what goes on in an LVJUSD classroom.
Jay Bradford November 07, 2012 at 10:43 PM
How can Tom Mc Laughlin sleep through meetings and get re-elected? when we have other more qualified indaviduals that pay attention and can stay awake.. Yes we just stepped back in time, Not a good thing!
Terry Givens November 07, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I want to conratulate the citizens for re-electing Chuck Rogge to the School Board. It was a nice change of pace to see someone run without plastering election signs all over town. He did not ask people to publically endorse him and he did not take in huge contributions from people or organizations. His drive and dedication is to serve the teachers and children who go to school here. He is genuinely concerned that both our kids and teachers are getting the best support from the Board. Our School District is lucky to have him.
Joe Granada November 07, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Was something wrong with Martinez?
Alan Heckman November 08, 2012 at 04:57 AM
I was hoping that Tom McLaughlin might edge out Belia Martinez. But he surprised me with such a huge win! His quotes in the Interview with the Independent were fantastic: "I strongly believe in accountability of staff and student alike" and "If they can’t pass local standards, they don’t need to be teaching". Speaking of funding and the current superintendent, "Perhaps we aren’t using her energies as a grant writer. There is a need for more fund-raising". But I think the big reason is this: "He voted in favor of establishing the charter school to provide an education option. He suggested that there could be a charter district" People in the city of Livermore like the Charter Schools. The Charter Schools bring value to the city. Newlywed couples and parents with young children move to Livermore because of our great charter schools. Teachers love our charter schools. @Joe - As for Belia's horrible performance I can only speculate. She was thought of being anti-charter. People believed that she only got her appointed seat as a reward for helping to fight the Portola Academy. There were 560 students enrolled in Portola Academy to start this fall, but were stuck at the district this year. That is a lot of parents and that is a lot of animosity. @Terry - Your school district is lucky to have Chuck Rogge, I wish we had him.
Renee Haugen November 08, 2012 at 06:15 AM
As evidenced by the link to the top article next to these comments, the charter school teachers are certainly no better than in the "regular" district schools. Portola Academy was meant to serve the English learners and low income students in the surrounding neighborhood. The existing charter schools are NOT serving their English learner, special ed, or low income populations better than the regular local neighborhood schools, please see the statistics in the public record. And even though the charter schools are "good" schools, there are many other aspects of education that are overseen by the board of trustees. Taking money from the majority to serve the few charter school students, when successful programs already exist within the "regular" schools is not a wise use of financial resources. Mr. McLaughlin's job is to consider what is best for ALL of Livermore's students, not just the ones who want to attend charter schools. Otherwise he can lobby to join the board of the Livermore charter schools. The part of the interview in the Independent that stood out to me was where Mr. McLaughlin intimated that special ed students "were only tolerated" in the classroom. He has no clue about how an entire team of general and special ed teachers and aides work together to make sure that these students are included and learning to their maximum abilities, or what any modern day classroom looks like for that matter.
Renee Haugen November 08, 2012 at 06:25 AM
Amen Terry. Thank you Livermore for re-electing Chuck Rogge.
Alan Heckman November 08, 2012 at 06:43 AM
@libby - few outside a couple of PTA parents believes you, especially parents of special ed kids who are stuck in district schools, or have paid to put them in private schools. How does that feel?
Renee Haugen November 08, 2012 at 04:22 PM
It makes me feel I have just won the argument because you have nowhere else to go but to try to appeal to emotion. I assure you I do not have a self esteem issue. Tom McLaughlin was the topic. Livermore Schools have improved during the time when he was not on the school board. He has high expectations to live up to. Let's hope he can do it.
Alan Heckman November 08, 2012 at 05:18 PM
The only "argument" that exists was won by Tom McLaughlin. As for the assertion that "Livermore Schools have improved during the time when he was not on the school board". Maybe some individually have, but not the district as a whole. Tom left the board in 2008, and it wasn't until the 2010-2011 year that LVJUSD went into Federal Program Improvement status, of which it is now in its third year. Here is a link to the cold, hard data: http://api.cde.ca.gov/Acnt2012/2012APRdstpireport.aspx?allcds=0161200
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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