Candidate for Re-election to
the San Juan Unified School District
Board of Education
When the upcoming election is over,
assuming Estelle Werve is re-elected, the
“No matter where I have represented the district, I have always maintained my sense of balance by remembering that I was actually representing a widely diverse population of over 50,000 students, over 3,500 employees, and over 150,000 voters.”
Over a period of community service which spans nearly 35 years, Estelle has been supported by a large number of individuals and organizations. Among these are:
Sacramento Central Labor Council
Sacramento County Republican Central Committee
Sacramento Board of Realtors
Lincoln Club of Sacramento
Former Congressman Doug Ose
Former State Legislator Robert Cline
California School Employees Association
Teamsters Local 150
Carpenters Local 46
late Robert Wilkinson (City Councilman, City of
late Don Lorenzen (local business leader and City Councilman, City of
The late B.T. Collins (5th Assembly District);
The late William (Bill) Hughes (retired police Lieutenant; First Mayor of the City of Citrus Heights);
Cathie Wright, former State Senator;
Dave Cox, State Senator
Roger Neillo, Assemblyman 5th District;
Barbara Alby, former State Assemblywoman;
Larry Bowler, former State Assemblyman;
Anthony Peschetti, former State Assemblyman;
Ted Costa (Peoples Advocate and member of the San Juan Water District Board;
"Farmer Bob" Massey, community activist;
Mary Purvis, Community Activist;
Churchill; General Manager, Citrus Heights Water District;
Dr. James Livingston, retired educator and former SJUSD Trustee;
Ray Tolleson, retired Superintendent, SJUSD;
Jan Boyer, retired Associate of Instruction SJUSD;
Dr. Lee Negri, retired administrator SJUSD;
Joe Dion, retired educator and Citrus Heights Water Board Trustee;
Frank Ford, Director, Citizens for Good Government;
Chris and George Zarzana, retired SJUSD administrators;
John Rabe, retired SJUSD site administrator;
Colonel Arthur Livingston, retired JROTC instructor;
Dr. Nona Sall, retired Asistant Superintendent, SJUSD;
Joe Hayes, retired administrator and former SJUSD Trustee;
Former Congressman Vic Fazio
Alice Amantea, former Trustee, Sacramento County Board of Education;
Dr. and Mrs. Holden Brink, Federal Wildlife & Wetlands Manager;
Shirley Toomer, community activist;
Dr. Kenneth Umbach
George and Beth Holcomb
Few people realize what it takes to fill a seat on a Board of Education. And unfortunately, none of the knowledge comes quickly or can be learned from books. Back when Estelle first came to the Board, she had the advantage of being able to serve with a board member who had already served over two terms.
“It gave me a chance to better understand district operations,” she remembers. “And it gave me the time to gain additional insight. I took advantage of the opportunity to complete the California School Board Association’s Masters in Boardsmanship course.”
Estelle visited every school so that she could see, firsthand, how classroom instruction, office staff, administration, and almost every other custodial and maintenance function interact in operating a district of this size. But Estelle did not stop with visiting school sites, or working with gardeners, glaziers, plumbers, roofers, or electricians, or doing ride-alongs with school security officers. Very early-on, and despite her years of knowledge from serving youth as a volunteer with Scouting and as a volunteer docent in San Juan schools, she realized there was only one way to gain in-depth knowledge of classroom operations: that was by teaching!
During her first four terms she also
organized one-on-one tours of
“All of this specialized learning helped me, like nothing else could, to gain an understanding of what the duties and responsibilities of a teacher and how a classroom should work.”
But it was her second and third terms on
the Board, and eight more years dealing with students and parents, site and
district staff and administration, and the State Legislature, that helped most.
In her second term, when the board decided it was necessary to put a bond
measure before the voters, Estelle advocated the creation of a Citizens’
Oversight Committee to provide an independent monitoring group and ensure that
all of the promised projects were completed in a timely manner.
To me, there is no greater responsibility than being selected to help guide children’s education. As parents and taxpayers, we all share an unbiased commitment to provide excellent educational opportunities to prepare all our children for the future. The importance of that education has expanded over the years.
Since you first selected me to represent you on the San Juan School Board—my time has been spent representing the people, providing firm, active, unbiased, leadership when needed, and bringing the district together in the students’ interest.
Four years ago, I renewed a promise to expand access and pursue accountability by actively gathering necessary information first hand. Rather than attacking the system, I worked diligently to build upon district’s accomplishments and increase diverse community participation in the direction of our schools. Everyone is important; parents, teachers, classified personnel, and administration rendering invaluable services to our students.
My goals continue to be quality of student learning; improving facilities to provide safe learning environments; and interactive communications with parents and the community at large by continuing to be accessible, independent, and open minded.
Much work remains, and together we can do it; but I need