Name: Joyce Dalessandro
Occupation: Trustee, San Dieguito Union High School District
Education: B.S. Cornell University; M.A. Columbia University, curriculum development
Community Service: Many years of volunteering for and leading community committees, scholarship groups, planning groups
1. What do you think are the biggest issues facing the San Dieguito Union High School District?
The San Dieguito Union High School District is among the highest achieving districts in the state.
The ever-improving level of excellence that we expect from our schools takes a great deal of time, effort and knowledge to accomplish. We seek the best solutions possible in order to provide the finest education to each and every student. We have a commitment, as a district, to continuous improvement.
Critical issues abound: Seeking a highly qualified superintendent; maximizing our dollars within the constraints of our budget; closing the achievement gap; attracting the best and brightest teachers; enhancing student well-being and connectedness; school safety; tackling the challenges of evolving curriculum; remaining cutting-edge in expanded learning opportunities, facilities and educational practices.
2. How would you propose to address those issues?
Successfully addressing these issues requires experience, commitment, time, effort and a positive can-do attitude. Each issue presents its own challenges. I work hard every day on behalf of our students to face the challenges, study the issues and apply my expertise toward working out solutions.
3. Do you agree with the way the San Dieguito Union High School District operates? If not, what changes do you think need to be made.
SDUHSD has stood as a beacon to school districts up and down the state. Our commitment to our students, our high standards and transparency in all of our operations are celebrated. Our forward- thinking, award-winning, fiscally conservative practices are applauded by students, parents, educators and community alike. Unfortunately, the recent, relentless, spreading of misinformation, half-truths and the misinterpretation of actual facts seem aimed at devaluing the district and derailing its goals. While there is always room for improvement in any endeavor, if we were actually as imperfect as we are reported to be – well, we would not be the outstanding school district that we all know SDUHSD to be.
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