ROBERT H. BENNETT, L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W.
COUNTY MANAGER and BUSINESSMAN
Phone Number and FAX Number: (909) 949-0813
ENDORSED AND SUPPORTED BY
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS,
NASW-CALPACE - 2008 and 2010
COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY - 2005
- San Bernardino County Manager.
- Have lived
in Upland for over forty-two (44) years.
- I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.).
- I am a Nationally Accredited Social Worker (A.C.S.W.) with the National Association of Social Workers.
- I am married to Teresa Bennett and our daughter is attending Upland High School.
- I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino; a Masters
Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Children, Youth, and Family, from California State University, San Bernardino.
- Governing Board Member of West End Family Counseling Services.
- Served as an adjunct faculty
member for California State University, San Bernardino in the Department of Social Work.
- Executive Management Leadership Academy Graduate for San Bernardino County.
- Served as a guest
lecturer at Chaffey College.
- Served as a Supervisor in Children and Family Services for the County of San Bernardino.
- Member of the Assistance League-PALS of the Foothill Communities Through June, 2013 (formerly Upland Assistance
- Active and supportive member of the Upland Unified School District PTSA. I volunteered weekly
at Pepper Tree Elementary School in my daughter's classroom, class field trips and in the school office, since my daughter
was in Kindergarten. I will continue to assist the children and the families of the Upland Unified School District, whereever
possible. I was an Upland Unified School District (U.U.S.D.) voting PTA representative at the 2004-2005 State PTA
Conference in Sacramento. During the 2007-2008 year, I was a 4th grade room parent.
- Member and Manager of the East
and West Valley Adult Protective Services Multi-Disciplinary Team.
-Member of the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Multi-Disciplinary
- Member of the National Adult Protective Services Association (N.A.P.S.A.)
- Currently serve as Treasurer for Camp La Verne Inc., located in the San Bernardino County Mountains,
which serves the youth in our community.
- Church deacon through June 2014.
- Registered Republican for 44
years, who believes in being financially conservative yet socially responsible.
My reasons for running for the Upland
Unified School District Governing Board are as follows:
I am committed to having a transparent,
ethical and responsive School Board where all ideas and individuals are welcome. I am also a proponent of active listening,
where an effective Governing Board Member must listen more often than talk. I will work to foster an environment in which
our students, faculty, staff and families will benefit from our diverse community. Also, I will stress the importance of the
fine arts and sports programs in these fiscally challenging times.
I want to see collaboration and cooperation between the private and public
sectors to ensure a safe, cost effective and beneficial education for our children and community. This effort should include
pursuing grant opportunity dollars to enrich our children's education, whenever possible. The Governing Board Members must
lead by example and do everything possible to reduce the financial burden on our students, teachers and the
community. The Governing Board members must be leaders in both words and actions. The children follow our actions and not
necessarily our words.
I have been a student, teacher, PTA parent within the Upland Unified School
District. I have worked and volunteered in the public/private field of education, social work and business for over 37
years. I will bring a positive commitment to improving the quality of education for all students in our district and be open
/ inclusive. I will work to eliminate the biases, prejudices and bullying behaviors for the benefit of all families within
the Upland Unified School District.
A quality education is one of the most important tools we have in our public
schools system where every child and their family is actively involved. Everyone benefits from an educated citizenry where
people are proud of their alma maters and then give back to the community that provided them with a quality learning experience.
My goal is to move the Upland Unified School District in a positive and inclusive
manner, so that we can again be a model of education and an example for other communities to follow.
I will never be satisfied nor celebrate the fact that 60 % of our Upland High School
Students are not proficient in math. This is a horrible reality for our children, their future and our community. We must
change the Status Quo at Upland High School!
The following was published in the Daily Bulletin Blog in 2008
H. Bennett, L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W.
Candidate for the Upland Unified School District Governing Board
am committed to having a transparent, ethical and responsive School Board where all ideas are welcome and where the Governing
Board Members actively listen to the concerns of the entire Upland Unified School District community, be they parents, teachers,
students or other citizens. I will work to foster an environment in which our students, faculty, staff and families will flourish.
The Governing Board members must lead by example and not just by words during lean or prosperous
times. As a Governing Board Member, I will utilize sound fiscal judgment when considering School Bonds and not forward an
unneeded Bond (Measure S) of $20,000,000, which was soundly defeated. I have been a student, teacher, parent and PTA room
parent within the Upland Unified School District. I have worked and volunteered in the public/private field of education and
social work for over 31 years. I will bring a positive commitment to improving the quality of education for all students in
Three out of five of our current governing board members is a retired or present
probation officer. A broader perspective of Board Memebers is necessary in order to formulate, evaluate and administer
the policies and procedures of the U.U.S.D..
Further, our children need to be involved in special
programs such as academic decathlon teams, music, band, GATE, athletics or they frequently struggle to remain involved in
Another problem that I see is having board meetings scheduled twice per month and
only having town hall meetings when facing either a crisis or major funding issues such as bond measures. I would propose
having regularly scheduled town hall meetings at least twice during the school year.
In the 21st
century, our school facilities need upgraded infrastructure. Our schools are severely lacking in computer technologies, programs
and immediate technical assistance. I will be a good steward of your money from Measure K and insure that it is used to upgrade
our schools infrastructure.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a County Manager, I have
been educated and trained to maintain and acquire a broad working perspective. I will bring this awareness that the Board
is in partnership with the greater community to provide a quality education for all of our children. Input from parents and
teachers are paramount to this task, especially when the School Board and school management experience community and family
Lastly, I will never settle for 60% of
our High School Children not being proficient in Math!!! The current Governing School Board should be ashamed of themselves
as they have lost sight of 60 % of our High School Children. We must push for change throughout the District now!!
Donations are welcome and they can be mailed to the following address:
Committee to Elect Bob Bennett
Campaign ID# 1239789
2424 Vista Drive, Upland, Ca., 91784
My website and
e-mail are as follows: http://home.earthlink.net/~bennettbnt/
LASTLY, I ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND VOTE
ON NOVEMBER 4th, 2014.
WE CAN & MUST CONTINUE THE BATTLE FOR A QUALITY EDUCATION THAT INCLUDES