Capo Unified Candidate Statement: Carol McCormick

Candidate touts experience with PTA and other school fundraising.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Patch is running each Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees candidate's statement on file with the county Registrar of Voters office on consecutive days. One candidate, Don Franklin Richardson, did not file a candidate's statement. Trustee Area No. 2 covers Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch and parts of San Juan Capistrano.

NAME: Carol McCormick

OCCUPATION: Community Volunteer

Prudent financial management, fiscal accountability and transparency in decision-making are part of my comprehensive experience as a community leader in Ladera Ranch that I will bring to CUSD.

My priority as trustee is to provide the necessary technology at all schools to enable innovative learning for every student. Achieving this requires creative partnerships with businesses and communities to bridge funding gaps imposed by Sacramento. My service on the board of the CUSD Foundation and within the Ladera community proves my ability to positively engage all parties to achieve results.

Having worked in college admissions I recognize the value of broad, rigorous academic preparation and opportuntiies for fulfilling activities. CUSD is an education leader and I am commited to enhancing its reputation for excellence by protecting outstanding programs and promoting advances in instruction and curriculum to meet the needs of all students.

I am the proud parent of two Tesoro graduates and a senior at San Juan Hills. I have volunteered in classrooms and the school office and served in leadership roles in PTA, booster clubs, community sports and scouting.

I am fully committed to serving the children, parents and members of our school communities.

Vote McCormick for CUSD.


Sharon Y. September 05, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Supported by the Korpi clan, just say No!
concerned parent September 06, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Yes, do not be fooled. She is the candidate supported by the teachers' union and would presumably vote in favor of the same kind of student-last budgets that the majority board has approved. On these candidate statements, I'd love for there to be follow-up and for the candidates to be asked specific, hard questions--would they have voted for the last budget? How about Alpay's motion to stifle dissent? Would they have supported the teacher salary restoration? Do they favor simply lopping off weeks of school days to balance the budget as the current majority board does? How should budget shortfalls be addressed--parcel taxes? Larger class sizes and more teacher and other layoffs? Cuts to academics, sports and extracurricular programs? Should preservation of teacher salaries, benefits and salaries be the main driver of determining the budget? So far, these statements aren't really saying anything. I'm looking forward to Reardon's... someone who isn't afraid of taking a stand.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Just posted. http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/articles/capo-unified-candidate-statement-jim-reardon
Kids First! September 07, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Carol is not endorsed or supported by any union. Some posters on Patch refuse to understand the truth
concerned parent September 07, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Kids First's version of the truth is akin to the Ministry of Truth's in George Orwell's 1984. Look who's supporting McCormick-- and the other candidates Capistrano Unified Children First (the name itself is a lie!) is backing. This is a group that is committed to electing any candidate who will support union demands, no matter how outlandish and no matter what it does to place students as the last priority. If you want trustees just like Alpay and Pritchard--you know, the ones who wouldn't even allow DEBATE on a budget that cuts three weeks of school from our kids' year--vote for McCormick.
Sharon Y September 09, 2012 at 12:35 PM
CP - You are a complete liar - Carol supports children and CUSD public schools not unions. Your attemps to attack Carol is without merit. I guess this is your attempt to point the finger away from the hundreds of thousands of dollars your candidate Jim Reardon STOLE from CUSD!
concerned parent September 09, 2012 at 02:39 PM
No, fake Sharon. You're the liar. I don't know either Jim Reardon or Carol McCormick. My kids are in CUSD schools, and have had a mix of once-in-a-lifetime to good to average to fair teachers. One of the best was laid off for no reason other than lack of seniority. The tenure system is screwed up, and fortunately is beginning to change in certain states, but not in California where CTA runs Sacramento. (VOTE FOR PROP 32!) There was no stealing of hundreds of thousands of dollars despite how many times you and your ilk repeat the lie. What is the truth is that Capistrano Unified First is supported by those who put the demands of the teachers' union as their priority above anyone else, especially the students in this district. In its support of candidates like Alpay and Pritchard this organization has helped drive this district to near insolvency. It was the only large district in California that had to borrow funds to meet payroll--something it had never done in its history. That's scary. And that's to preserve a union contract that asked teachers to give up next to nothing during a time of financial crisis. McCormick is supported by this organization--and because of that I won't consider her as a candidate. If she were truly committed to children and to their educational needs, she wouldn't have accepted their endorsement. If she goes ahead and rejects their support, I'll certainly consider her as a candidate.
Jim Sprigg September 16, 2012 at 05:08 PM
For those of us that know Carol, she is dedicated to her community and has been very involved in the schools. She has had 3 kids go through CUSD with the last being a senior this year. Carol was the first President of the PTA at Chaparral Elementary School in Ladera Ranch. She worked with the administration, teachers, parents, and the community to put together a PTA that was very successful putting in place events, programs, and financial support for the school. If she brings to the Board just some of the enthusiasm she showed working on the PTA, she has my vote. Although knowing Carol, she will bring it all and then some.
Capo Parent September 18, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Union First Children First aka Union First is tied to the hip of the teachers union. An endorsement from one is an endorsement from the other. Go back and look at how both coordinated their rallies and signature gathering to recall trustees who wouldn't do their bidding.
Capo Parent September 18, 2012 at 08:35 PM
CTA's control over education in CA and the mediocre results that are produced are two of many reasons why parents in CA need school choice. Take CUSD. Less than 50% of the HS seniors in CUSD are sufficiently proficient in math and English for college. CUSD is requiring seniors to take basically remedial English classes to get ready for college English. How about those API scores? As can be seen, the API scores are an many ways an illusion.
CUSD Parent October 28, 2012 at 12:37 AM
CUSD Parent October 28, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Please take a look at Jim Reardon as an alternative to Carol McCormick. He is much more qualified and aware of the school issues that are important. As a Ladera resident I am very aware of Carols' volunteer record. Don't be fooled that the hours of volunteering qualifies her for the CUSD board position. I cannot imagine her working with 6 other people. As far as Jim taking money from the district, it was very little monetary value, if any. He sued for services for his autistic son who was being targeted for the "enemies list" issues from the Fleming days. He is competent and I believe he will do what's right for the all party's involved, the kids, the teachers and the district (especially the budget).
concerned parent October 28, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I'm also a Ladera resident and I think, as CUSD Parent does, that many people will be fooled by Carol's extensive volunteer history. However, this doesn't speak at all about what she would do as a school board member. She had the opportunity to debate the issues last week in a public forum with other candidates. However, she and the other Children's First-backed candidates chose to participate in a fundraiser instead. I consider this cowardly. I don't know a single, concrete position of hers regarding district issues. CUSD Parent is right--people need to look seriously at Jim Reardon instead. Name recognition (at least in Ladera) shouldn't be the reason someone votes for a candidate.
concerned parent October 28, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Did everyone in Ladera get the hit piece, completely false mailer on Jim Reardon yesterday? You know, the one claiming he was the cause of a "shorter school year, larger classes, students not getting enough time and attention"? Funny, reading it you'd think he was actually on the board that voted for these disastrous, kids'-last policies! Carol McCormick and the other union-backed Children's First candidates should be ashamed of themselves for their deceptive campaign practices (i.e. cyberfraud and spreading lies about other candidates.)
JEBMS October 28, 2012 at 09:23 PM
So, the "hit piece" that I also received on Carol McCormick from Reardon's camp that was full of lies was ok though, right? Which was, by the way, completely false and full of lies. But it's ok cause Reardon sent it, right?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 09:26 PM
JEBMS, can you scan and forward a copy to me? Email address is at the top of the page. Thanks!
concerned parent October 28, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I haven't received anything on McCormick. I'd be curious to see it too, so I hope Penny posts it. Obviously, anything that is deceptive is wrong.
JEBMS October 28, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Penny, if I still had it, I would love to send it to you. I would even drive it to you and give it to you in person. But will all political mailers I receive, I look at them and then throw them in the recycle bin. I never vote based on mailers, campaign signs, commercials, etc. I read the voter's pamphlet, as I find this days that is the absolute information on the election. Everything else is skewed, biased, and full of half truths, lies and misrepresentations. BOTH sides do it, and Concerned Parent, if you think any differently, I have some swamp land to sell you. I remember the day it came in the mail I laughed because the same day I also received a hit piece on Reardon...I think it was a couple of weeks ago. Looked at them both, and they both went right into the recycle bin. I would honestly hope, whatever side that you are on, that you are intelligent enough to not vote based on campaign mailers and yard signs and third hand information. Do your research, it is all out there in cyberspace for you. Like you, I want what is the absolute best for my children. We all do.
JEBMS October 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM
And apologies if I sounded rude in my comment to you, Concerned Parent...not my intention. But I am so angry and frustrated and have been living with this nightmare of a district since 2006. The drama never seems to end. Thankfully, the school my children attend is fantastic, with amazing parents and teachers!
concerned parent October 29, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Thank you for the apology. We, too, have been here since 2006, and overall the schools my kids have attended have been good, though the quality of teachers has varied quite a bit. I've been a super active PTA volunteer in each of those years and value my relationships with many of my kids' teachers. But the politics at CUSD aren't only terrible; the actual policies the board has adopted have been actively destructive to the quality of education, in my opinion. I'm completely fed up with union demands taking precedence over everything else. And that's why I would never vote for Carol McCormick. I think we need a board that is willing to stand up for kids and negotiate in THEIR behalf for a change. (BTW, I have spent many, many hours doing my "research," thank you very much. And I can tell you that my opinion is probably in the minority among my PTA friends. But frankly, they don't follow the CUSD situation nearly as closely as I do, and have no clue how much the budget crisis has been exacerbated by the board majority.)
JEBMS October 29, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Can you please detail for me your reasons for not voting for Carol in relation to union demands. I am not getting the correlation between the two. Thank you.
concerned parent October 29, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Her endorsement by Children's First. If you've done your research, you should know what that group stands for and the people who are behind it. If Carol were truly an independent candidate, she would not have accepted their endorsement.
JEBMS October 29, 2012 at 01:30 AM
If you really think that I don't know anything about the PAC Children's First, you are mistaken. And if you think I don't know every single thing about what has been going on in this district, you are mistaken. I will choose Carol over Jim. I will not vote for a man who has been part of the history of what has broken this district. I will choose to vote for someone new, with a new outlook, with children that actually attend the schools in our district, that will actually care about my children. I will not vote for someone who received thousands of dollars in settlement money for a crime that was never committed, I will not vote for someone who was a part of a group that unnecessarily cost this district $800,000 in district money in 2008. I will not vote for someone who will not care about my children, but will bring to the board his political agenda. I will not change your mind, you will not change mine, so let's call it a day. Have a nice evening.
Capo Parent October 29, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Since your facts are wrong and given your one sided comments it's not surprising you are supporting the teachers union and Union First aka Children First candidate. I guess you're ok with union control, reckless & unnecessary spending, out of control deficits and mediocrity.
JEBMS October 29, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Capo Parent, you are so right. I am going to change my belief structure and engage in full hatred of everything union, since of course everyone in unions are evil. Thank you for helping me to see the error of my ways. But I do have to go now, because the one thing I don't have time for is trolling on message boards all day long. It's been fun!


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