Leslie Schneider, currently an elected member of the Encinitas Union District Board, has officially launched her campaign to run for the San Dieguito Union High School District Board of Trustees.
For SDUHSD, each of the 5 trustees is elected to represent a portion of the district rather than the whole district and Ms. Schneider hopes to represent District 2 which encompasses Village Park, Olivenhain, and La Costa Valley neighborhoods.
We caught up with Leslie to find out more about her, why she decided to run, and to learn more about her ideas for the district.
What’s your background?
I was born in Solana Beach and graduated from Torrey Pines high school. After college, I returned to San Diego and have lived in Encinitas with my husband since 1998. Our two kids went through Encinitas schools and are now enrolled in the San Dieguito Union school district.
My experience in private industry and as a small business owner has ingrained in me the importance of accountability, integrity, and responsiveness in life and in my career. As constituents, the members of the public are my clients and I bring this mindset to my current elected position. Every day, I will continue to do so if I’m elected to the SDUHSD board.
I have been honored to be on the Encinitas school board for the past 4 years. In this role, I have learned a lot about school finance, collective bargaining, vetting curriculum, and addressing the needs of all types of learners.
I also have a Masters in Governance and have completed school finance courses through the San Diego Taxpayers Association.
My initial focus on the board will be to safely reopen campuses for in-person learning. As I did in Encinitas, I will continue to advocate for transparency in decision making fiscal accountability and academic excellence.
Why are you running?
I have always pushed for term limits and for electing school board members with kids enrolled in the district they serve. When I realized that my term on the Encinitas district board would be up the same year that my youngest was heading into San Dieguito district, I decided that I wanted to continue my advocacy there.
If I am elected to the San Dieguito board, I will be the only board member with children enrolled in the district. This is important because it gives me an inside perspective on how the policies and spending decisions made actually affect the students and families I’ll be accountable to.
Every Student Matters. Every Dollar Counts.