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San Marcos Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee

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Janet McClean

17,116 votes (19.95%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • A quality public education is the cornerstone of our society; every child deserves nothing less.
  • Maintaining a positive and collaborative educational community including the board, educators, students, staff and parents.
  • Running a financially sound district while keeping the focus on what is critical for our student's success.



Governing Board Member, San Marcos Unified School District — Elected position (2012–current)
Governing Board Member, San Marcos Unified School District — Appointed position (2011–2012)


San Diego State University Bachelor of Science, Business Administration/Accounting (1990)


Janet has been a member of the Board of Education for the San Marcos Unified School District since March, 2011 and is currently serving her second year as President of the board.


Prior to being serving on the Board, Janet was an experienced parent leader in our local community, serving in a variety of capacities at her children's schools and at the district level. She and her husband, Kevin have two children; James (17) is a senior and Robert (15) is a sophmore, both at San Marcos High School School. As PTO President of Carrillo Elementary, she led a team of highly creative and entrepreneurial board members and oversaw the funding of various innovative programs. Janet has also served on various special committees, including the committee to pass Proposition K, the Parent Action Committee (PAC), the Bailey Family Foundation’s scholarship committee, and the Steering Committee for the Blueprint for High School Graduation. Janet continues to volunteer at San Marcos Elementary School and Alvin Dunn Elementary School on a weekly basis.



Janet is a product of California public schools, which set her path to college, and into a successful career, and her experience demonstrates how a public education opens doors to greater opportunities. Janet McClean holds a BS degree from San Diego State University and has been serving San Diego businesses and non-profits as a Certified Public Accountant for over 20 years. She has her own business that offers financial and tax consulting to clients mostly in the San Diego area.  She is a member of the California Society of CPA’s and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She has held her CPA license in the State of California since 1993.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • San Marcos Educators Association

Questions & Answers

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

What is the most significant challenge facing the San Marcos Unified School District, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?
Answer from Janet McClean:

The most pressing problem for our District is growth. With a reputation for providing an outstanding educational experience, we continue to have people move to San Marcos for our schools. While this is a wonderful reputation to have, it also creates site issues with overcrowding. All students and teachers deserve to have a learning environment they need, including areas for support and enrichment.  As a district, we need to look at alternative ways to help manage growth and student crowding including adding school sites and consider year round options. 



The biggest challenge to education continues to be school financing. Decisions must be made on how to best spend the money available to be able to offer the best education for our children. As an educational leader, I do my best to receive input from all stakeholders on not only what is important, but what has the most impact on our students. 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

We have so much to be grateful for in the San Marcos Unified School District. We have wonderful schools, staffed by talented and caring educators and support staff. But, I believe we can do better and be better. However, the educational environment is always changing. We need to have strong leaders that advocate for children to guide our district through future challenges. If re-elected, I will continue my commitment to improving schools and providing the learning environment our students and educators deserve. We must not be distracted from our core mission of providing the best education possible for our children.  I believe that if we all work together, openly and honestly, we can get through these changing times better than ever.


I believe whole-heartedly that we need to provide a high quality education for all students. Some students may require more time and resources. Those should be the variables not the constants. I also believe that our focus should be on the whole child, not just academic standards. I am very pleased with the current efforts to align curriculum around the balance of rigor, relationships, and relevance. With their ever increasing access to technology, students today have even more choices for how to spend their time outside of school. Relevance is key for engaging them in their studies, beyond just performing to get a grade, so that they really learn, learn deeply, and develop meaningful interests. I believe it is our mission to prepare our students to be productive, fulfilled citizens of the world who have viable options for their futures.


I care passionately about our schools, the students that attend them as well as the adults who work in them. But my motivation for being on this school board is my belief in our children. I believe that each student deserves the best opportunities that we can offer them, and I will always keep that in mind as I make decisions for this district. Developing “lifelong learners” is imperative for this generation of students. To achieve this we must be willing to challenge our teachers, staff, administrators and parents to set goals as high as those we have set for our students. Together we can ensure maximum achievement for all our students. Now more than ever, we need leaders who are strong and experienced advocates for children. I will bring an open mind and an honest commitment to improve our schools and provide the learning environment our students and educators deserve.





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