Community volunteer Joe Lewis is one of two candidates for the Turlock Unified School District's Area 6 Trustee seat. He will face human resources director Jennifer Carter in the Nov. 5 election.
The following information was submitted to TurlockCityNews.com by Lewis.
How long have you lived in Turlock, and what is your age and occupation?
I have lived in Turlock all my life. I was born and raised here. I'm 40 years old.
Do you have children in the TUSD, or have you in the past?
My daughter graduated from Pitman (High School) after going to Brown Elementary and (Turlock Junior High School). My son is currently a senior at Pitman after going to Brown and TJHS.
Why are you running for the TUSD Board of Trustees?
I will bring to the school board 19 years of unselfish volunteered community service leadership experience in the Turlock community. I will work hard to make sure our school district continues to improve test scores and every dollar benefits our district. I believe in high academic standards and school accountability. My priority will be to make sure that our students receive the academic skills and the needed training necessary to get ready for the very competitive job market.
What grade would you give TUSD for providing an overall quality education?
I would give an A+. I feel we have great teachers and staff in each school. The board and the teachers should always work together to continue to improve in all areas.
If not an A+, what do you feel can be done to help TUSD be the best that it can be?
Even though I believe we have the best quality of education in the Valley you can always work to improve areas. I believe strongly in the teachers' input since they are on the front lines of education.
In your opinion, what are the biggest issue(s) facing TUSD?
Keeping a balanced budget without losing valuable teachers and staff, and being fiscally responsible.