Rudy Aranda: Candidate Profile
Addison District 4 School Board
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Family: Wife - Liliana
Daughter - Leean 9 yrs old
Son - Brandon 7 yrs old
Dog - Roscoe (Black Mouth Cur) 4 yrs old
Occupation: Segment Supervisor
Education: Bachelors in Business
Civic involvement: - Current Board of Education member, District 4
- SkillsUSA Nationals Competition
Elected offices held: None
Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is it?
1. I believe in volunteerism
2. District's need to be transparent with parents and teachers
3. Raising test scores
4. Preparing students for the jobs of the future
What do you think about the process for measuring student success in your district? Is it adequate? What changes, if any, do you propose?
There is always room for improvement. I think the biggest challenge for me is raising test scores. I would like to see this measure improved through teaching strategies or more in-school reading practice. However, I realize the key here is getting parents involved.
How big a role do you think the board of education should play in setting the curriculum for students and what ideas do you have for changes to the current curriculum?
I think it should be 50/50. The district appoints a curriculum specialist to do the research and presents results to the board for review and approval.
What budget issues will your district have to confront and what measures do you support to address them? If you believe cuts are necessary, what programs and expenses should be reduced or eliminated? On the income side, do you support any tax or fee increases?
Well, we are currently working through with no funds from the state, as you know. As a board, we have to consider all options including approving or cutting programs. We need to be financially responsible. I do not support a tax or fee increase.
What role can and should school choice play in your district? If Congress or the state approves a voucher system or other means giving students broader choices among public and private schools, how will that affect your district? What is the appropriate response for the board of education of a public school system?
I'm not opposed to school choice and there is research to prove that it can be beneficial. As a board, we would have to respond appropriately when and if something like this is implemented.
What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?
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Please name one current leader who most inspires you.
Warren Buffett and Jack Welch
What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?
What you put in, you get out!
If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?
My choice of friends - they influence everything.
What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?
History - a man who doesn't know the past is like a child learning the future
If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?
What you put in, you get out!