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Two School Board Candidates Opt to Run Campaign Together

Elisa Williamson and Kelli Moors, who have been on the Carlsbad Unified Board of Trustees together since 2000, decided to campaign together.

Two Carlsbad Unified School District trustees have decided to run as a team.

Kelli Moors and Elisa Williamson, incumbents, will compete for the two seats against challenger Ray Pearson (who was previously profiled by Carlsbad Patch and has the support of Carlsbad High Students students).

The two have worked alongside each other on the board for more than 12 years, and have known each other since 1996.

“It’s the first time it’s been done in Carlsbad, as far as I know,” said Williamson.

“We’re not running together because we’re friends, it’s a deep professional respect for our team and we want to continue the work we do together,” Moors said.

Both Williamson and Moors are long-time Carlsbad residents with children that went through the Carlsbad Unified School District from kindergarten to high school.

Though the two candidates are running together, they don’t agree on everything. 

“We have a lot of different opinions. We start at a different place but at the end nearly inevitably, we are in agreement,” Williamson said. “We will argue passionately. But in the end we listen to each other and each bring different strengths.”

Moors who is a business development manager for a local hospital said she brings legislative skills to the table while Williamson, who is a trained teacher and marketing director for an investment advisor, is good at policy.

If re-elected, both said they will continue to work on the opening of Sage Creek High School while working with a minimal state budget and a new superintendent.

“I really want to be there to see vision through of Proposition P that we worked so hard to get passed. I want to stay the course and deliver two great high schools,” said Moors.

Williamson agreed, and said, “In the meantime, we will continue to do what's necessary to maintain a balanced budget and provide the best possible education to each student.”

La Costa Moms October 05, 2012 at 03:18 PM
We're going to vote for Ray Pearson for CUSD Board of Trustees. Why? Just read this North County Times article: http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/carlsbad/carlsbad-schools-withdraw-bids-for-magnolia-elementary/article_de4ef7e0-a551-5aba-ab7d-f32b286f0044.html "Last week, Julian Charter School offered Carlsbad Unified School District more than $450,000 a year to lease 16 classrooms at the school, but district trustees decided to wait a week before accepting the offer. They said they wanted more time to review the lease they approved last month before committing to anything. The following day, the Julian-based charter school withdrew its offer....Now, the trustees have asked Superintendent Suzette Lovely to find someone else to lease the portion of the property." Ms. Williamson and Ms. Moors threw away $450,000.
barbara segal October 05, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Hope they both agree to work for a teacher salary increase.....It's time some changes were made in this area.....substitutute salary, for one, is the lowest around.... $85 for a day of the responsibility and work of teaching a class of over 30 students seems incomprehensible. Also, it is like the dark ages when teachers still have yard duty!!!
Chris Tempesta October 05, 2012 at 04:05 PM
As an active volunteer at a middle school here in Carlsbad, I greatly appreciate it when school board members support our grassroots projects. We have a worthy cause in Challenge Day, a highly interactive program which is very effective at preventing bullying and building empathy amongst students. Ms. Moors & Ms. Williamson understand that students learn better when they are emotionally stable. They have made the time in their busy schedules to attend our events to show their support. Now they deserve our support. - Chris Tempesta, Aviara Oaks Middle School
Cbad Dad October 05, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Someone I know just got an email from them with the subject line "Carlsbad School Board" and opened it right away, thinking was an offical school district email. But it turned out to be a campaign ad! That's sneaky! Can the school superintendent let Patch readers know if these two board members have (or have not) misused the official school district email list?
Donald Sonck October 05, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Barbara, your grievance isn't with CUSD, it's with the California Teachers Association. The article link below provides insight into reform measures via charter schools and the defeat of Prop 30. Everyone should read it: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/oct/04/can-california-take-on-unions-the-chicago-way/
ForABetterCbad October 05, 2012 at 10:09 PM
The Board needs fresh ideas - it's time for Moors and Williamson to leave (unfortunately only one can be voted out this time). Williamson states that they "will continue to do what's necessary to maintain a balanced budget..." Well, they both horribly failed at that recently. They both voted "no" to merge Buena Vista School into Magnolia. If they had merged BV into Magnolia, the Board would have had accomplished the following" 1) Save over $500,000 in operating expenses 2) Had the option to lease the entire BV campus 3) Still would have had 6 empty class rooms at Magnolia (even after merging BV) 4) Would have been able to move the BV Principal to Calavera Hills Elementary school. Note: This year the Board decided to have Calavera Hills Middle and Elementary share a Principal (for over 1,100 students). Today BV has a principal for only 270 students. As La Costa Mom points out, Moors and Williamson failed when they mismanaged the lease to the Julian based charter school. Plain and simple, they both were not prepared, and it cost the district dearly. Perhaps they have worked together too long...
Chris Tempesta October 05, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Who are these people posting, who won't give their names? They seem to have the same theme and format to their comments. Are they different people, or on some kind of campaign? I wonder.

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