Rio School District – Board of Trustees

  • Eleanor Torres - Board President

    Eleanor Torres - Final - 01-11-16CONTACT: eleanor.torres@rioschools.org

    ABOUT ME:  Five years ago when the people within our community elected me to the position of Trustee for the Rio School District, I promised that I would do all within that honor to try to change the culture and direction the district was in at that time. I did not then, nor  do I now, take this responsibility lightly.

    As an elected official, board members continually carry their elected status with them wherever they go. Whether in the boardroom, out in the community or at home, board members are always trustees for the district. The integrity of the school district’s educational program is dependent upon the responsible and professional manner in which each board member, and the board collectively, fulfill governance roles and responsibilities.

    It is my responsibility along with the other board members to fulfill areas in setting direction, human resource, policies, student learning and achievement, finance, facilities, judicial appeals, collective bargaining, and community relations and advocacy.

    I will continue to do my part as a Trustee to help guide this district and to prepare our children for the future. I will continue to focus on goals linked to student achievement. This means paying attention to current issues while planning for the future. It means making sure needed resources and support are in place to get the job done, and creating the conditions under which excellent teaching and student performance will take place.

    TERM: December 2018

  • Joe Esquivel- Board Clerk

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    CONTACT:  jesquivel@rioschools.org

    CAREER:  Currently:  Facilities Supervisor- Ventura County Community College District
    EDUCATION:  Bachelors in Business Administration, Masters Certificate in Project Management

    ABOUT ME:  This is my second opportunity to serve as a provisional board member. I am a lifelong resident of the community and a product of the RSD school system where I attended Rio Plaza and Rio Del Valle in the late 80’s before moving onto Rio Mesa High School.  Being born and raised in El Rio, I have strong sense of pride to give back the community that I so truly love. I have been contributing to my community for over the last 30 years in various capacities, where I coached Little League, Bobby Sox, ASA Fast Pitch Softball and at Rio Mesa High..

    Being a father of child whose second language is English is challenging and I can empathize with any parent who wants to see their child succeed and become a greater individual than themselves in hopes of having doors of opportunities open for them in the future. Our community as small as it may be has a very diverse population and I am prepared to help make a difference where I can.

    As a board member I have many goals as do our other trustees and we must work in a collaborative effort to achieve these goals. In addition, we need to give our support to our Superintendent, his Cabinet and our superb teachers and classified staff with an open mind. One of my goals is to make sure that all the children within our District are provided with a safe learning environment and provide the highest quality of education possible. Secondly, I want to take this opportunity to work with the board, understand my role and help to provide the vision, advocacy, leadership and financial responsibility and accountability in a respectful manner to all.

    In my opinion the primary goal of a school board is, helping students, their parents and teachers to increase student achievements inside and outside of the classroom and I will give it my all to help achieve these goals.

    I look forward to continue to serve my community and welcome to hear from you with suggestions or comments in improving our district as we move forward.

  • Cassandra Bautista- Trustee

    CONTACT:  cbaustista@rioschools.orgRioBoard-120515-10

    CAREER:  Current:  Director, English Learner Support, Curriculum & Instruction with the Santa Barbara County Education Office.  K-6 Teacher; Dean of Students; Elementary/Secondary Principal; Director of EL Support

    EDUCATION: MA in Educational Administration; BA in Liberal Studies- Magna Cum Laude; Administrative/Teaching Credentials

    ABOUT ME:  Before joining the Board of Trustees, I was an employee of the Rio School District for 22 years. I worked in the capacity of elementary teacher for 11 years and site administrator for 11 years, 2 years as a middle school principal.  Being born and raised in El Rio, I attended Rio Real Elementary and Rio del Valle Jr. High.

    My family has deep roots and many branches here in the community. Establishing a home here back in 1917, my great-grandparents began their journey in El Rio nearly 100 years ago.

    Why did you choose to run for a seat on the Rio School District Board of Trustees?

    I chose to run for the seat of the RSD Board of Trustees so that I could continue to have opportunities to contribute to my community. Over the years I have established relationships with parents, teachers and other community members. As a member of the board, I can ensure that others have a a voice in making educational and administrative decisions.

    When did you join the board?  I was sworn into office on August 19, 2015

    As a member of the Board of Trustees, what are your personal goals for the District?

    My first goal is to learn the roles and responsibilities of a board member. Second, I want to be a part of a collaborative team that works towards the common goal of providing quality education to all students at all times. Finally, In order to ensure that all children are educated in a world class, equitable, and safe environment, I need to be in a place where I can provide meaningful support and ensure accountability.

  • Edith Martinez-Cortes - Trustee

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    Term Ends: December 2018
  • Ramon Rodriguez - Trustee

    RioBoard-120515-11CONTACT:  ramon.rodriguez@rioschools.org

    CAREER:  Currently:  Social Science Teacher at Pacifica High School.  Teaching for over 11 years, Advanced Placement U.S. History and World Civilization as a part of the Culinary Arts Academy.

    EDUCATION:  B.A. in History and a Masters in Teaching with an emphasis on teacher leadership.

    ABOUT ME:   I have been a Trustee for approximately five years and during that time it has been an honor and privilege to serve the people and students of the Rio School District. As a board member, I have served as the Clerk of the Board for 2½ years and Board President for two years. During that time I have been humbled, awed, and occasionally overwhelmed by how much there is to know, study, and observe in order to make effective decisions. My goal is not to run the schools, but to see that our schools are well run. School board governance is the act of transforming the needs, wishes, and desires of our community into policies that direct our community’s schools. To do so effectively, it is crucial to have experience and contacts both in our schools and in our community in order to listen and effectively communicate the will of the community as well as the direction of the Board.

    I have been active in the community for over 15 years and a parent of a child attending RSD schools since 2012. I attended RSD schools in the 1980s and after graduating from Rio Mesa High School began my service in the community by volunteering for the El Rio Little League and as a volunteer in neighborhood clean up projects. I have been teaching for over 11 years at Pacifica High School where I teach Advanced Placement U.S. History and World Civilization as a part of the Culinary Arts Academy. I have earned a B.A. in History and a Masters in Teaching with an emphasis on teacher leadership.

    My goals for the Rio School District include working Trustees, our Superintendent, his Cabinet, and our incredible teachers and staff to:

    • Ensure that students continue to benefit from a rigorous academic, athletic, artistic, and social preparation.

    • Work hard towards sustainable financial stability by utilizing all available resources to their highest potential and best use.

    • Work with the Board to focus its role to provide the vision, resources, advocacy, leadership, and accountability in a transparent, respectful, and collaborative manner to achieve what should be the Board’s primary goal: helping students, their parents, and their teachers to increase student achievement.

    • To be appreciative of the hard work, time, dedication, and devotion of all district employees.

    •  Collaborate with all who believe in student achievement and success, while becoming a premier school district in Ventura County.

    I would appreciate hearing your thoughts as to how to make this happen. Please contact me at email me or call me at (805) 766-2455.

    TERM: December 2018