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La Mesa Spring Valley School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Jay Steiger

Parent/Retail Specialist
14,429 votes (21.25%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Prioritize Kids in Classrooms
  • Support Teachers in Classrooms
  • Engage Businesses and Community in Classroom Success


Community Activities

Parent Representative, Proposition M and Proposition U Citizens Bond Oversight Committee (2013–current)
Parent Representative, La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools Budget Study and 20/20 Vision Committee (2008–current)
Youth Soccer Coach and Board Member, La Mesa AYSO (2006–current)
Chairperson/School Site Representative, La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools District Advisory Council (2010–2016)
PTA President, Glenn E Murdock Elementary PTA (2011–2013)


My core philosophy is that strong schools = strong communities and education is about partnerships not politics.  I am the candidate with experience, vision, and a commitment to maintaining stability and forward vision in the La Mesa-Spring Valley District.

I am a parent of two children who attended LM-SV Schools.  I also attended LM-SV schools, am a graduate of UCSD, and have lived in this community for over 40 years. 

I have over eleven years experience as a school, district, and community volunteer.

Among these valuable experiences are:

Classroom volunteer

PTA President

Chairperson for the LM-SV District Advisory Council (DAC)

School Site Council

Prop M and Prop U Citizens Bond Oversight Committees

LM-SV Budget Study and 20/20 Vision Committees

Casa De Oro Community Alliance

La Mesa AYSO Soccer

La Mesa National Little League

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • La Mesa Heartland Firefighters and La Mesa Police Officers Association
  • County Supervisor Dianne Jacob
  • Congresswoman Susan Davis

Organizations (1)

  • The Grossmont Mt. Helix Improvement Association (GMIA)

Elected Officials (10)

  • Valle De Oro Planning Group Member Josan Feathers
  • La Mesa City Councilman Guy McWhirter
  • Poway Unified School District Board Member Kimberley Beatty
  • Former Grossmont Healthcare Board Member Bob Yarris
  • Lemon Grove City Councilman George Gastil
  • La Mesa City Councilwoman Kristine Alessio
  • Former Grossmont Union High School Board Member Dick Hoy
  • Former LM-SV and San Diego County Board of Education Member Sharon Jones
  • Helix Water Board Member Kathleen Hedberg
  • Assemblywoman Dr. Shirley Weber

Individuals (1)

  • Spring Valley Community Advocate Barbara Warner

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools. What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Jay Steiger:

The information used to determine spending priorities must include input from teachers and parents.  Public meetings and then posting of spending and educational plans should be on the district website, with additional links on every individual school site.  In addition, periodic outreach to the community at large to gather information from business, retirees, and non-parent taxpayers should be conducted to help shape district and classroom vision for the future.

Questions from League of Women Voters of San Diego (1)

What is the most significant challenge facing the La Mesa-Spring Valley Elementary School District, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?
Answer from Jay Steiger:

The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District is adjusting to a changing education and classroom structure.  Schools were previously intended to prepare future workers for largely industrial careers.  Now, education and curriculum are changing to match a very dynamic and flexible society and economy.  Teachers are part of this new curriculum, as is technology.  I am committed to working in partnership with teachers, administrators, staff, parents, and the community at large to continue to craft meaningful and engaging learning opportunities for all students in this district.  An example of a new curriculum is the Language Arts program called Wonder.  It blends more traditional reading and linguistic structure lessons with an emphasis on critical and analytical thinking.  Wonder is both paper and technology driven, with teachers able to obtain real time progress information from every individual student.  I fully support continued adoption of curriculum which blends critical thinking, traditional information, and incorporation of individual student use of technology.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Prioritize Kids in Classrooms:

Continue development and implementation of dynamic and engaging classroom education programs, including student teacher interactive technology.  Refine Kempton Academy dual language immersion program and expand to other district schools.

 Support Teachers in Classrooms:

Boost opportunities and time for teacher professional development and learning, including use of Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) to foster collaboration on educational best practices and student achievement.


Engage Businesses and Community in Classroom Success:

Increase outreach to business and residential community to highlight district activities and student accomplishments.  Demonstrate value of schools to building strong communities.


I will keep the focus on a comprehensive means tested and dynamic curriculum which includes language arts, math, science, social science, arts, and exposure to foreign language.  I support educational standards which seek to build critical thinking and analytical skills in students.  I also believe in careful budgeting with regular comprehensive audits and transparency.

Both my parents were teachers and I believe that the school district must continue to show support for the dedicated teachers and hardworking staff.

As a parent I will always be open to listening to the concerns and thoughts of my fellow parents.  Fully engaging parents will increase student success and also strengthen the district.

Schools are an absolute foundation of communities.  Good schools increase property values which helps bring in businesses and create jobs.  There is a balance of residents and our retirees and seniors want good schools to build good neighborhoods as well as the parents who want opportunities for their children.  Everything is connected with the schools as a central component.

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