The Alhambra Source is interviewing candidates running in this year’s municipal elections. We have spoken to Adele Andrade-Stadler about her experience working with the Alhambra Unified School District. We continue this coverage with current AUSD school board president Patricia Rodriguez-Mackintosh, who has been a board member for almost 12 years. She hopes to be re-elected in the third district, running against Yvonne West-Palma. Rodriguez-Mackintosh works as a secretary and receptionist at a law firm.
What is your background experience in education?
My experiences are firsthand, I am a mother of four children. They have all attended AUSD schools–Marguerita elementary and Alhambra High–like their father. I have volunteered in the district since 1982 and still do to this day in many different capacities like PTA, different committees, boards, commissions and Alhambra Educational Foundation. I worked for the district for seven years at the high school before becoming a board member. I also work to improve our budget, our programs and test scores.
Why did you initially run for the school board?
I was approached by some concerned parents regarding several board members who were playing favorites with contractors and attorneys. No special favors! My saying is "kids come first."
What are some challenges you faced as the president of the school board? How did you overcome them?
Some challenges are the budget, always having to tighten the belt, having a balanced budget is important. The two main priorities for the budget are student achievement and student/employee safety. Test scores are up but there is always a room for improvement.
How do you think the school board could outreach to students and incorporate their voice?
I feel that we should meet with our students and maybe even have student board members. I would bring it up to the board for discussion.
Tell us a few key issues you plan to work on, if reelected.
I would keep working with the administration to ensure student achievement and continue to improve test scores. We are seeing a steady growth in test scores so we need to continue with professional development for our teachers and hopefully with support from the bond, the infrastructure will be improved and repaired for future students.
This interview has been edited and condensed.
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