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Oceanside Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee

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Adrianne Hakes

Board Vice-President, Oceanside Unified School District
13,287 votes (21.09%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Bullying is becoming a bigger and bigger issue arcross the country, we need to reduce bullying in the schools; i will continue to work for a better anti-bias bullying program so ALL students feel safe
  • The labor market is demanding more and more skilled workers; I will work to continue to increase our A to G graduation rates so our students will be ready for a job or college.
  • State funding for schools continues to be challenge, I will lobby for more funding as well as being prudent with the funding we received.



Profession:Retired educator
School District Trustee, Oceanside Unified School District — Elected position (2012–2016)
Newspaper in Education Representative, North County Times (1997–1999)
Superintendent, La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program (1991–1994)
Coordinator of Vocational Education and Curriculum, Escondido Union High School District (1987–1991)
Coordinator of Vocational Education and Principal of ROP, Humboldt County Office of Education (1986–1987)
Assistant to Coordinator of Vocational Education and ROP, Oceanside Unified School District (1979–1986)


Northern Arizonia University Doctor of Education, Curriculum and Instruction (1986)
Point Loma Colllege, San Diego Education Specialist, Educational administration (1983)
Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA Master of Arts, Human Growth and Development (1975)
University without Walls, Berkeley Bachelor of Arts, Early Childhood Education (1973)

Community Activities

Board member and Grants Committee, Oceanside Charitable Foundation (2013–current)
Oceanside Library Board Trustee, Oceanside Library (1998–current)
Past President, Current Board Member, American Association University of Women (1998–current)
Advisor, The North Coast Assistance League (2012–current)
Foster Mother, Bassat Hound Rescue (1991–1996)


A career educator, Adrianne Hakes moved to Oceanside in 1975 from the San Fernando Valley with her husband and their five children, Michael, Carolyn, Beth, Gary and David. All five graduated from El Camino High School; five of her 10 grandchildren also graduated from Oceanside schools. Adrianne earned a Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology, a Master’s in Child Growth and Development, an Educational Specialist degree and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. She started teaching for Los Angeles Unified in its Children Centers Division. After moving to Oceanside, she taught at El Camino High until her youngest graduated, before moving into administration. She retired as a superintendent of a Regional Occupational Program (ROP) which was a joint powers partnership with four school districts. An Oceanside Unified school board member since 2000, she has worked to improve academic standards for all students. She is a strong supporter of music and arts programs, along with fighting childhood obesity and recently working towards having more anti bias bullying programs. Dr. Hakes is a delegate for Region 17 for the California School Board Association (CSBA) and is on the board and member of the grants committee for the Oceanside Charitable Foundation. She serves on the Oceanside Library Board, is an active member of the American Association of University Women for the Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Vista Branch.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • San Diego Democratic Party

Individuals (23)

  • Sunny Goodwin
  • Shelly Hakes
  • Max Dispositi
  • Carolyn Bolton
  • Anne Thomas
  • Arjay Pantig
  • Crystal Lintan
  • Naoko Neikirk
  • Lynda Daniels
  • Clarke Vollbrecht
  • Elva Vollbrecht
  • Mel Rodriguez
  • Elizabeth Holmes
  • Adrianne Neikirk
  • Bill Rego
  • Lynn Rego
  • Bob Williamson
  • Charlene Williamson
  • Becky Bolton
  • Thomas Neikirk
  • Soko Neikirk
  • Taylor Holmes
  • Ashley DiLeo

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 Adrianne Hakes:

As a California School Board Association delegate, i worked with other CSBA board members to simply the language used in the plan and lobbied the state to implement the changes for this school year.  Our district is working hard to include and involve our parents in the process. We have adjusted the language of last years plans  so the process will be more understandable to all parents this year.

The district recognizes that communication is a two way street. Parents are encouraged to come to the meetings when the plan is reviewed.  Staff have been trained to ask and listen to  the parents' input. Principals keep notes of informal communciation from parents during the school year that can be incorporated into the plan at the more formal meetings. Plans are made for each site and then complied into a district wide plan.  Plans, also, are shared with the district level parent committees i.e. Gifted and Talent (GATE) parents and English Language Learners (ELL) parents.

All plans are available on line on the district's web site and at individual school site web page. The measurement of the outcomes will come from parent and student survies, the state academic assessments, progress reports, suspention and expulsion rates , A-G completion rates, English proficiency rates, and high school gratuation rates. All of these reports are used in evaluating the success of the Local Control plans.

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

What is the most significant challenge facing the Oceanside Unified School District, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?
Answer from Adrianne Hakes:

The district has worked hard to improve the schools, individual sites, the instructional programs and the internal business operations of the district, we have come a long way. We, also, have  become more concerned about the safety of our students while they are at school.  Hence, the district has been increasing the fencing at sites where needed. Visitors to all of our schools have to sign in and all staff wear a identification badge. In addition, staff members have been getting a variety of safety trainings.

Yet, my concern is that too many children themselves do not feel safe at school. According to one of our surveys, the number of students who do not feel safe is way too high and has not changed for several years. I think if students do not feel safe, they have difficulty paying attention in class and learning the lessons that are being taught.

Under my encouragement, the past superintendent, tried an anti-bullying/good citizen program. Although we have been doing the program for three or four years there has not been a change in the percentage of students who feel safe at school. We still have too many children that do not feel safe at school and not learning up to their potential.

So I have been pushing for an anti-bias bulling program which works for acceptance of ALL children. It builds on how much alike we are all. It builds a feeling of community in the classroom and school. And hopeully, out into the greater Oceanside community.  I will continue to work to see this program in our schools, if re-elected.

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