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South Bay Union School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Tom Schaaf

Board Member, South Bay Union
5,985 votes (19.81%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To assure our communities, parents, and students needs are being met, with safe schools and choices with high academic standards.
  • To have a program that all students get to grade level or above in reading.
  • To make sure our budget matches our LCAP goals, with a budget that is transparent for our community. It is very important to have a three year plan financially for our District.



Profession:Governing Board Member
Board Member, South Bay Union School District — Appointed position (2015–current)
Design and Review for City, The City of Imperial Beach, Ca — Appointed position (1998–2014)
Administrator, Teacher, Coach (retired), Sweetwater Union HIgh School District (1970–2005)


Northern Arizona University Education Doctorate Ed.D, Education Administration, Master in Education, and degrees in Physics, Math, and Physical Education (1983)

Community Activities

Member (President), Kiwanis (2003–2014)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Greg Cox, County Supervisor
  • Serge Dedina, Mayor of Imperial Beach
  • Ed Spriggs, Maor Pro Tem Imperial Beach

Organizations (1)

  • CSEA, Classified Schools Employee Association for South Bay Union 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 Tom Schaaf:

I will assure with the Board to have public meetings, and have the LCAP plan on District wedsite.  I will make sure the goals of the plan are made public and if not meeting our standards, will work to have plan changed to meet the needs of all students.  The District budget must be open and in line with our LCAP.  I review the budget and have it presented in open meetings and make sure it follows the District's LCAP goals.

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

What is the most significant challenge facing the South Bay Union School District, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?
Answer from Tom Schaaf:

Raising the achievement level for all students.  I will work with Board and Superintendant to make sure our plans and policies are being met.  I will listen to parents, teachers, and other community members for their input and take this back to our Board.  Will support better communication with our public and responses to their concerns for our District

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Statement about Tom Schaaf


Covers my experience and what I have done on the Board.

Tom Schaaf   (

Current Board Member, South Bay Union School District

Tom has been honored to serve as a South Bay School Board member this year.  The District is moving in the right direction and his experience, leadership, and integrity and his dedication to the position will help make our District reach #1.  He has lived in Imperial Beach for 37 years.  He is now retired, but has experience as teacher, coach, and school administrator for over 36 years.  He served 16 years on the Imperial Beach City Building and Design Review Board and has been involved with community organizations.  He understands budgets and knows schools have to have a clear vision with strong programs for all students to come first and succeed.

Tom is proud to say he is always well organized and prepared for meetings and keeps our students needs always first.  He knows the District covers three major areas of Imperial Beach, South San Diego, and part of San Ysidro and each area has individual needs.  He listens to the needs of students, parents, and the community in working with the Board to help set the District vision of a place where students can get the best education, which includes high academic standards, visual and performing arts, technology support, and a safe environment for all the schools.

Tom has worked with the Board this year to ensuring accountability to the public by approving a three-year contract for all District employees and assuring the open balanced Budget is there to provide the funds for employees, the student’s needs and support, and services for their vast needs for their future education and foundation for future education.  He worked with the District and approved with the Board, for the refunding the District bonds and saving the District more than $3 million.

Tom supports with the Board our schools, from the best VIP pre-schools, specialty programs: Preforming Arts programs, Language Academy, Charter Schools which include 7th and 8th graders, and New STEAM School.  Our communities, parents, and students needs are being met, with schools and choices with high academic standards for all students.

Tom is committed to connecting families, schools and community as partners to our schools and the education of every child through parent involvement.


Endorsing, Tom Schaaf for one who will continue to work hard and be dedicated for supporting our School Community: Greg Cox, County Supervisor; Mayor Serge Dedina, Mayor IB;  Ed Spriggs, Mayor Pro Tem IB; CSEA, Classified Schools Employee Association 

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