YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollections

Voter Guide 2000

Orange County Candidates for School Boards

November 05, 2000

Sixteen school districts in Orange County are electing board members in Tuesday's election. Several districts did not have enough candidates to force an election. Here are profiles of more than 80 school board candidates--information for which was provided by the candidates to reporters for The Times or to the registrar of voters and has not been independently verified:


Two Elected

Frank G. Cozza Jr.

* Age: 35

* Occupation: Restaurateur

* Background: Not available

* Issues: To achieve the highest quality of education, we must retain enthusiastic and well-educated teachers; we must also be willing to educate the families and hold ourselves accountable to impartial evaluation; test scores must improve with each testing. Favors the acceleration of after-school programs of all sorts. District must prepare for increased enrollment

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday November 7, 2000 Orange County Edition Metro Part B Page 3 Metro Desk 1 inches; 29 words Type of Material: Correction
School board--Sunday's voter guide incorrectly listed a candidate's status. James L. Reed holds an appointed seat to the Westminster school board but also is a candidate for an elected seat to the board.

Benny Hernandez

* Age: 42

* Occupation: Teacher and family counselor

* Background: Nine-year resident; member of the Anaheim City School District board; bachelor's degree from Loma Linda University; master's degree from Cal State Long Beach; worked for Children's Bureau of Southern California as a family counselor; past president of the South Anaheim Neighborhood Council; board of directors of Orange County School Board Assn.

* Issues: Wants to decrease dropout rates and increase the number of seniors moving on to universities or colleges; raise test scores and student performance and create a system in which students can evaluate teachers anonymously; would like to be link between Latino community and school board

Thomas Holguin

* Age: 46

* Occupation: Businessman and Anaheim Redevelopment and Housing commissioner

* Background: Committee member on the Facility Task Force and Safety Committee for the district

* Issues: Require entrance exam for students entering the seventh grade; continue to increase standards for high school graduation; continue implementing comprehensive assessment programs for grades seven through 12; offer students who are not college-bound trade or technology training. Enhance the reading program Reading Is Knowledge.

Duane James Roberts

* Age: 33

* Occupation: Courtroom assistant, Orange County Superior Court

* Background: Community resident for 30 years; bachelor's degree in criminology, law, and society from UC Irvine

* Issues: Wants to put measures on the ballot to impose fees on wealthy corporations to pay for school upgrades; favors increasing the number of trustee seats and filling them by district rather than at-large; seeks to maintain a learning environment free of racism and sexism; empower students, parents and teachers

Katherine H. Smith

* Age: 59

* Occupation: Incumbent board member, businesswoman

* Background: First-term accomplishments: made the concept of Oxford Academy a reality, introduced a three-minute lunch bell to have students pick up their lunch litter, introduced a "moment of silence" allowing students a few moments each day for quiet reflection, construction of Kennedy High School's pool

Issues: During past term, supported raising required grade-point average to 2.0 for graduation; preserving classes in industrial technology; supports International Baccalaureate program to provide advanced academic opportunity

Lafrance Terrell

* Age: 72

* Occupation: Incumbent board member, retired school administrator

* Background: Received the Golden Oak Service Award this year. The award is the highest recognition for outstanding service to children and youth, presented by the California PTA

* Issues: Schools need to hire competent teachers, administrators and staff to educate and operate safe and orderly schools. District must continue to lower class sizes and provide up-to-date textbooks, computers and other materials. Students must be helped to develop good study habits. Strive for drug- and gang-free schools that reflect the values of our community


Two Elected

Dorothy Marie Allen

* Occupation: Teacher, incumbent board member

* Background: Master's degree in world cultures from Fordham University; worked as a teacher in New York area; moved to California in early '70s. For the past 30 years, served as a teacher and a principal in L.A. and Orange counties

* Issues: Supports more emphasis on reading skills and teaching children how to speak English correctly; believes in the need to teach teachers; favors more accountability for parents; believes in bringing more character education in schools

Charles Johnson

Occupation: Biologist, businessman

Could not be reached for comment

Denise Shamblin Keller

* Age: 43

* Occupation: Incumbent board member

* Background: School board member for past four years, two of those as vice president and president of the Orange County School Board Assn.

* Issues: Could not be reached for comment

Michael Prince

* Age: 43

* Occupation: Sales and marketing

* Background: Served on the site council for Mariposa Elementary School; volunteered on several school district committees.

Los Angeles Times Articles