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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

San Dieguito Union High School DistrictCandidato para Síndico, Area de Síndico 1

Photo de Maureen "Mo" Muir

Maureen "Mo" Muir

Vice President, San Dieguito Union High School District
7,486 votos (40.1%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Maintain Highest Academic Achievements
  • Maintain a Safe Learning Environment
  • Advocate for Smaller Class Sizes



Profesión:School Board Vice President, SDUHSD
Vice President of SDUHSD, San Dieguito Union High School District (2014–current)
School Board Trustee, Encinitas Union School District (2008–2014)


California School Board Association Masters of Governance (2008)
University of San Diego Bachelor’s of Arts, Political Science (1984)


 Maureen “Mo” Muir currently serves as an elected board member of the highly acclaimed San Dieguito Union High School District (recently ranked #1 by “Niche,”), and has served as an elected official since 2008. Mo Muir is a well-recognized public figure, dedicated community contributor, and tireless elected public servant.  


First elected in 2008 to the Encinitas Union High School, Mo’s reputation as an accountable, transparent, and engaged board member resulted in her successful run for a second term as an unopposed candidate in what has historically been a highly competitive race.  Mo was later appointed to serve her board peers as Clerk of the board. While on the Encinitas board, she received community acclaim for her “no” vote on a wasteful school bond, and authored the "No" rebuttal position on the bond in the San Diego Voting Ballot Guide.


In 2014, voters elected Mo as their #1 choice out of 7 candidates to the San Dieguito Union High School District (a 100,000K+ voter district), far ahead of three popular incumbent challengers. In her current position as Board member for this approximately 13,000 student district, Mo has earned a reputation as a fiscally responsible watchdog of public funds, voting “no” on a master contract giving staff (even new hires) a 12.5% pay raise in addition to a salary provision that guaranteed further raises if needed to ensure that the teachers would be the highest paid in all of San Diego county’s 42 school districts (without allocation protections tied to the fiscal health of the district).  The Master Contract, which she voted against, ultimately earned the “Golden Fleece” award from San Diego County’s Taxpayer’s Association in 2016. 


When not serving in her official capacity, Mo actively supports family and community needs as an active volunteer at the regional and local levels.  Community contributions have included her service through appointments to San Diego County’s First 5 Technical and Professional Advisory Committee by the county’s Board of Supervisors, the Advisory Board of the world renown non-profit LifeSharing (which is a division of the UCSD Medical Center dedicated to life-saving and life-enhancing organ and tissue donation), the North Coast Consortium for Special Education (a state required regional consortium to ensure that the legal and fiscal needs of students with disabilities are being met), and the board for the Friends of the Encinitas County Library. She has also been an active volunteer with the reading literacy program of the Kiwanis, Math 24 (a program designed to improve math literacy among elementary school students), a founder of a charter dedicated to supporting the needs gifted students with support of USC faculty member Sarah Kaplan, and a board member of a local elementary school parent teacher association. 


As a result of her many contributions, she has received recognition from Congressman Brian Bilbray for my work on behalf of North County families, from Assemblyman Martin Garrick for my educational work and was honored as "Educator of the Year" in 2010 from the New Encinitas Business Network, to name a few.


Fiscally responsible, voter supported, and tirelessly dedicated to the communities and issues that need her.


Elected and Appointed Offices

Board of Trustees, San Dieguito Union High School District. Elected 2014 – Present.

Board of Trustees, Encinitas Union School District(EUSD): Elected 2008 to 2014

North Coastal Consortium for Special Education: Since 2014, has served as a district representative to this 14 school district consortium.  Have represented SDUHSD since 2014; served as the representative for the Encinitas Union School District 2008-2014.

First 5 San Diego Technical and Professional Advisory Committee: Appointed by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in 2012; Advise the Commission about community needs, existing resources and best practices. 


LifeSharing Advisory Board (a division of UCSD Medical Center): Appointed to this board in 2013 to support organ and tissue donation outreach and program development in the San Diego Region


Community Involvement/Philanthropic Work

Kiwanis Volunteer: Program advocates for literacy and fundraising for books for children


Friends for the City of Encinitas County Library: Served on board and fundraiser thousands of dollars to bring the County library to fruition


Northview Homeowners Association:  Board of Directors


EUSD Math 24: Districtwide math program- serving 9 schools.  Served and Proctored program.


Grant writer:  Successfully wrote and/or facilitated: the Barona grant to secure 20 lap tops for a middle school in the SDUHSD district, Encinitas Rotary grant for the amazing Junior Achievement Biz Town for the Encinitas Union School District, and most recently San Diego County Grant for San Dieguito’s annual College Fair.


Theory into Practice Charter school:  Founder and member of charter with emphasis on the gifted and differentiated curriculum (under the guidance of USC Education Professor Sandra Kaplan).


Sample Recognition


Special recognition certificate from Congressman Brian Bilbray 

for work on behalf of North County families


Special recognition certificate from Assemblyman Martin Garrick 

for contributions to education


Honored as "Educator of the Year" in 2010 

from the New Encinitas Business Network



University of San Diego, B.A. Political Science

Masters in Governance from the California School Board Association



Resident of Encinitas, California, with her husband Councilman Mark Muir (former Fire Chief of Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar and an elected City Council member for the City of Encinitas). Mark is also Chair of the San Diego County Water Authority. Their son Scotland is a student as a local public high school, where he contributes on the school’s varsity golf team.  He aspires to go to USC.


Sample Media and Organization Announcements


“Muir honored for service on EUSD board,” (by J. Whitlock, Encinitas Advocate, 11/19/14),




Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de The League of Women Voters North County San Diego (4)

What are the pressing problems of this school district, in your opinion, and what experience do you bring to the Board that will help address these problems?
Respuesta de Maureen "Mo" Muir:

School Safety and Reduced Class-Size - Our school kids should be provided a safe classroom environment that enhances learning skills by establishing strong student/teacher interactions and skill development.

School Safety:  In 2018, I voted to establish a new safety and wellness committee. The committee will facilitate dialogue with subject matter experts to review new safety technology tools and resources, mental health strategies and operational policies that will create a safe learning environment. At the conclusion, a comprehensive school safety plan will be brought back to the board for consideration and action. 

Reduced Class-Size: In 2016, I voted against the teachers' 3-year contract because it eliminated the maximum pupil: teacher ratio clause, which limits how big a class can get. The agreement included only a maximum class size "average." Smaller class sizes are one of my top priorities. Let us re-purpose or re-prioritize other non-contractual funds to address this issue.


What is your view of charter schools?
Respuesta de Maureen "Mo" Muir:

In 1992, California became the second state in the nation to adopt public charter school legislation. Charter schools provide another option for parents who are looking for an alternative educational methodology or approach to consider for their kids.  These schools must be evaluated and reviewed on clear and defined educational criteria. As a public school provider, our schools should continue to focus on making our schools the best in the nation. I continue to believe we have a great educational product to offer to our public. This is reflective by our excellent teachers and our district's educational achievements.


Question 3

Should the district curb its school choice initiatives (for students who are not in charter schools), so that more students stay in their neighborhood schools? Why or why not?

No se proporcionó respuesta.
Question 4

Are there school discipline strategies or behavioral support programs that you find appealing alternatives to exclusionary or punitive discipline? If so, which ones, and why?

No se proporcionó respuesta.

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