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Diane Terra Gordon, Candidate for Campbell Union High School District Board of Trustees

Gordon is vying for another term.

General Information

Name : Diane Terra Gordon
Age : 51
Place of residence : Los Gatos, CA

Education

College

Attended college : Yes
College : San Jose State University
Degree : Bachelor of Science/ Business Administration
Year of graduation : Dec-83

Grad school

Employment Information

Job titles held : Assistant Vice President/ Executive General Adjuster
Employers : Mclarens Young International

Political Information

Running for a: Local office
Running for position: Campbell Union High School District Board of Trustees
Chamber/district:
Incumbent: Yes
First elected: 02 November 2004
Previous elective offices : NA
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA

Party HQ

Address 16220 Camino Del Sol
Los Gatos
CA
95032

Campaign Manager

Name : Chris Gordon

URLs

Other facts

I remain committed to work on behalf of our students,our staff and our community.

CB October 15, 2012 at 03:21 PM
As a board member what do you see happening to the Blackford property? Camden High school was lost to housing and a shopping mall with little benefit to the district. Currently Blackford is leased mostly to The Harker School, but they have purchased the Children;s shelter property on Union Avenue. Do you expect this property to lease again at top dollar to provide funds to the district or to be sold?
CB October 15, 2012 at 03:26 PM
The solar panels at Leigh seem to be installed in an unusual manner. Half of them are set at 90 degrees to the other set. This seems inefficient for solar collection. These are large permanent structures, shouldn't all of them have been installed in the direction for best solar efficiency? Also, they don't cover all of the student parking lot. Why weren't they extended completely over the lot, even if they are not oriented properly to the sun?
CB October 15, 2012 at 03:38 PM
CUHSD built very small new theater facilities at the high schools. These do not seat enough people for the size of the schools. The stage is too small for many school groups, such as the bands to use. It is not even big enough for parent meetings. My child is a Freshman and I was in the facility at Branham and at Leigh for meetings and both had all seats filled. Why did the district not make at least one large or larger facility all the schools could use for concerts and other productions? Is it really better to have equal facilities at all schools that are inadequate than unequal facilities that could be shared? This goes for practice fields also, Camden could have been a central facility for practice, swimming, laboratory and AP classes for overflow from the schools. It would have been cheaper to bus kids than build at all the high schools. But we got another shopping mall. As it is, I see the facilities are a bit crowded at each of the schools between various groups such as band, field hockey, basketball, volleyball, drama, choir, etc.
CB October 15, 2012 at 03:54 PM
There seems to be an achievement gap between the CUHSD district and it's feeder districts. Many K-8 schools score and are perceived as strong for California, while CUHSD schools do not seem as strong even with the same set of students. What is going to be done to address this achievement gap?
CB October 15, 2012 at 04:00 PM
The administration does not seem to hold itself to very high standards. I have been to several orientation meetings and every handout or powerpoint presentation has spelling or grammatical errors. I realize the technology support at the high schools is very weak and the computers old, but spell checking should be available to the staff and used before they present to hundreds of people or post to the websites.
CB October 15, 2012 at 04:16 PM
There are safety issues after school in the student parking lots. I see the administration out in the mornings to direct parents, but they do not seem to be there to monitor the students after school. I have personally observed the following unsafe behaviors. Students running next to a moving car with an open door and jumping in. Students hanging off the running boards of moving SUV or hanging off sides or door handles of a car, truck or bumper or while in motion. Cars zipping around the lot not in the lane or opposite of the arrow designated travel direction so they must be dodged. Parents making three point turns blocking the pick up lanes. I am most concerned about the student horseplay with moving vehicles, which could lead to serious injury even at relatively slow speeds. I'm sure there is also some legal liability issue. Dodging the bad driving of students and parents is not such a big deal. High spirited fooling around with moving one or two ton vehicles is just plain stupid and dangerous. Also, I do not understand why there is not parking lot map and rules posted on the school website for traffic flow safety. Or if there is, why it isn't more obvious.
Diane T Gordon November 02, 2012 at 11:34 PM
There is no doubt that we have a lot of work to do in this area. We have made great progress in the last eight years. Leigh is over 800 and Branham and Westmont both in the 790's. It is our expectation that they should reach 800 next year. Prospect is also making progress. That being said there are still many areas where we need to do better. The main two are the achievement gap and drop out rate. We are attacking these a number of ways, First we continue to work with our feeder districts and are looking at data to try to identify students who may need additional resources sooner. I am advocating for the strengthening of our AVID program which targets students from house holds that would not be expected to graduate or go to college. We are running small learning communities which provide a small school setting for students who would benifit from more one on one attention. We are seeing good results from this program. This year we have started a new district intervention team to work with families, social services and law enforcement to get students to class. So far we are seeing twice as many students get back on track. We continue to review data and make changes to programs and opportunties as needed. As students change and the way students learn changes we need to continue to look at results and make changes as needed.
Diane T Gordon November 02, 2012 at 11:37 PM
There is no intention to sell Blackford. We hope to continue to lease it to Harker.
Diane T Gordon November 02, 2012 at 11:39 PM
The solar arrays operate at 96% efficiency as installed. We had to give up a little efficiency to make sure that we didnt lose to many parking spaces. We lost a number of spaces where the performing arts center used to be and had to make sure we had enough parking to serve the site.
Diane T Gordon November 02, 2012 at 11:44 PM
I will bring your comments to the District office. It is my expectation that we should hold ourselves to the highest standards. Just a comment on the technology. We just installed a state of the art Citrix platform for our technology needs. We held of replacing desk tops etc. until we completed the Citrix installation so that we made sure the desk tops etc. can take advantage of all that Citrix brings. We have a five year technology plan to continue to update technology. This will be done with input from the district technology advisory.
Diane T Gordon November 02, 2012 at 11:52 PM
What you describe concerns me greatly and I thank you for taking the time to voice your concern. Might I ask what school this is. I will ask that all sites review their parking lots however it would be helpful to know which one this is so we can address the issues. Sounds like we need to be in the parking lots before and after school to see what is going on. As a person responsible for student safety and an insurance professional I do not take this lightly. It is a great idea to post the traffic flow and rules on the websites. If we are not doing so already I will advocate that we do.
Diane T Gordon November 03, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I can assure you that there were many years of discussion and thought before we decided on the performing arts buildings. It is true they are too small for some programs but the drama departments love the fact that they can have a number of performances and still sell them out. As we have a very diverse community equity is always a great concern. A school with a large choir would argue they should have a larger facility and a school with a smaller choir could argue if we had a larger facility we could build a bigger program. The decision was made to build five state of the art centers one at each site. We built what we could afford. They may not fill all needs but fill most of the needs and are far better then the cafetoriums. Regarding Camden, I agree with your comments. Keep in mind the people on this Board were not the ones who decided to sell Camden. The sale did result in many lost opportunities. That is why this Board is committed to keeping Blackford. Our facilities are in great demand at each site and more facilities would have been a great asset.

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