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San Dieguito Union High School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Beth Hergesheimer

President, San Dieguito Union High School District
40,339 votes (32.2%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Preserve and develop the cooperative partnership between students, teachers, parents, community, and administration that has proven to produce achievement and success, building upon the academic excellence that has been the standard in our District.
  • Maintain our healthy reserves while budgeting for the responsible allocation of valuable and limited funds available to the District.. This includes voter-approved construction and improvements of campuses and strengthening student support services.
  • Reducing the achievement gap by promoting access for all students to programs spanning the educational spectrum from support classes to honors courses, to arts and music, technical, and occupational coursework thus preparing students to succeed.



Profession:President, Board of Trustees, San Dieguito Union HIgh School District
President, San Dieguito Union High School District Board of Trustees — Elected position (2004–current)
Human Resources Consultant, TechnoCom Corporation (1997–2004)


California Polytechnic University, Pomona Bachelor of Science , Business Administration with emphasis in Human Resources (current)


I have extensive experience representing educational concerns. I am currently serving as President of the SDUHSD Board, a position designated by my fellow board members. I was also elected by all of the San Diego County region school boards to be a Regional School Board Delegate, bringing a voice for all students and our district to the state level. Previous community volunteer work includes  positions up to and including President in PTA, Booster and Foundation representation, advocating with our legislators, and serving on a non-profit preschool advisory board.

My Bachelor degree in Business Administration, Human Resources and Personnel background and my commitment to this district are part of what makes me uniquely suited to this position.

I have twelve years of experience working with the academic, legal, personnel, and legislative aspects of running a quality school district, and will dedicate my time, energy experience and problem-solving skills to our students and District.



Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • DeDe Alpert, California State Senator, retired
  • Leslie Fausset, former Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction

Organizations (2)

  • California School Employees Association
  • San Dieguito Faculty Association

Elected Officials (9)

  • Julie Union, Trustee, Solana Beach Union School District
  • Rick Shea, President, San Diego County Board of Education
  • Emily Andrade, Trustee, Encinitas Union School District
  • Dave Roberts, County Board of Supervisors
  • Kristin Gibson, Trustee, Del Mar Union School District
  • Marla Strich, Trustee, Encinitas Union School District
  • Carol Skiljan, Trustee, Encinitas Union School District
  • Marti Berg Ritto, Trustee, Rancho Santa Fe School District
  • Amy Herman, Trustee, San Dieguito Union High School District

Individuals (73)

  • John Addleman
  • Eric Hall, former Associate Superintendent of Business Services, San Dieguito Union HIgh School District
  • Arline Paa
  • Susan Hartley, former Trustee, San Diego Coutny Office of Education and San Dieguito UHSD
  • Jodi & Rusty Wallis
  • Dawn Chang
  • Marybeth Norgren & Per Cederstav
  • Roberta Miller
  • Jane Stro
  • Barbara & John Healy
  • Cindy Skeber
  • Jacqueline Winterer
  • Jeannette Landis
  • Tasha Boerner Horvath
  • Joyce Bassett
  • Paul Henkart
  • Mike & Nan Criqui
  • Steven & Kaya Young
  • Loyd Wright
  • Ann F. Welton
  • Jon and Christine Vanderpool
  • Samantha Thacker
  • Karent Thomson
  • Barbara Swovelin
  • Nancy Scott
  • Bette Schulken
  • Candice Rolfsmeyer
  • Leslie O'Leary
  • Jenny Oehler
  • Hedieh NaraghiSmythe
  • Barbara Myers
  • James & Kathleen McClellan
  • Lucienne McCauley
  • Anni Mallison
  • Jill MacDonald
  • Susan Lesan
  • Dorothy Knox
  • Laurie Carlson-Killebrew
  • Martha King
  • Michelle Horsley
  • Dr. Antoinette Hood
  • Cindy Honselaar
  • Joan Heathcote
  • Simeon and Barbara Greenstein
  • Darryl Hall
  • Tom Golich
  • Pat Freeman
  • Elizabeth Forney
  • Drs. Fran & Bill Fenical
  • Mary and Bill Farrell
  • John Farrell
  • AnneMarie Ebeling
  • Lisa Ebner
  • Hilary Crain
  • Caroline Brown
  • Dan Aposhian
  • Michael Booz
  • Susan Atkinson
  • Angie & Andrew Allen
  • Leslie Saldana, Executive Director, San Dieguito Academy
  • Brad Shoen,VP Prop AA Independent Citizens Oversight Committee
  • MaryLou Schultz, former Trustee, San Dieguito Union High School District
  • Bill Cox, former Trustee, San Dieguito Union High School District
  • Marilyn Pugh, former Principal
  • Leslie Mauerman, Lecturing Professor, Special Education CSUSM School of Education
  • Jim Esterbrooks, Media Specialist, CIF San Diego Section
  • Shannon Kuder, former Encinitas Union School District Trustee
  • Rimga Viskanta, President, PTA, Ocean Knoll Elementary School
  • Deanna Rich, former San Dieguito Union High School District Board of Trustees
  • Nancy Giberson, former Assistant Superintendent, San Diego County Board of Education
  • Peggy Lynch, former Superintendent, San Dieguito Union High School District
  • Ken Noah, Superintendent, former San Dieguito Union High School District
  • Bill & Barbara Berrier, former Superintendent, San Dieguito Union High School District

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 Beth Hergesheimer:

School funding and finance are complicated topics, and misinformation and misunderstandings abound.  I will continue to encourage discussion of our budget revenue and expenses, as well as our LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan) in our public workshops and meetings, and through the sharing of access to district documents online. T 



Our budget is discussed and re-visited several times each year. We have budget workshops, make budgeting suggestions and help staff understand our priorities, then discuss and approve our proposed budget, multiple interim budgets, our year-end un-audited actual budget, and finally the audited actual budget.



A major goal of LCFF (Local Control Funding Formula) was to simplify how state funding is provided to local schools, but funding can still be determined by more than one formula, and not all dollars are available for spending on whatever the local district chooses. Although separate revenue is no longer received for many “categorical programs” for targeted services, there are still supplemental, concentration, and block grants, as well as “add-ons’ and “allowances.  Locally, state funding formulas have created a reality where all of our feeder elementary districts have receive as much as $5200 more per student than San Dieguito (2015/16), even though educating middle and high school students costs more than an elementary education does. Our district has done great things with the dollars it receives!



Our district has developed, adopted and updated our LCAP in a timely manner with input from parties ranging from our ELAC (English Language Advisory Committee) to over 1200 responses from district families to our online survey on the topic. Our LCAP contains desired outcomes with specific, measurable goals that will be used to determine whether a successful result has been achieved. We have participated in regional and state discussions to help simplify the required reporting of these plans, as the length of the reports (hundreds of pages each) makes them hard to present to the public in a truly transparent and readily understandable manner. I would like to see a readable document of 10 pages or less become the standard.


Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

All students deserve an excellent education whether they are college bound or entering the workplace. 

My priorities have always been to advocate for all students, create opportunities for learning and academic excellence, and ensure accountability. I strive to work collaboratively with board members, students, parents, staff and community partners.

I am particularly proud of the way our district came through the last economic downturn, able to avoid cuts to our programs or school year and maintain healthy reserves. I am also pleased with what we are currently accomplishing through the voter-approved Prop AA Bond work. I would like to see these projects through to completion.

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