Bennett 4 School Board

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ROBERT H. BENNETT, L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W.

COUNTY MANAGER and BUSINESSMAN

Phone Number and FAX Number: (909) 949-0813

Email:
 
Bennett4SchoolBoard@juno.com

Website:
 

ENDORSED AND SUPPORTED BY

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS,

CALIFORNIA CHAPTER

NASW-CALPACE  - 2008 and 2010

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY - 2005

Personal Information:

- San Bernardino County Manager.

- Have lived in Upland for over forty-two (42) 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.

Community Involvement:

- 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 (formerly Upland Assistance League-PALS.).

- 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 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 Team

- 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.

- Currently serve as a church deacon.

- Registered Republican for 42 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 35 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.

The following was published in the Daily Bulletin Blog in 2008

Robert H. Bennett, L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W.
 
Candidate for the Upland Unified School District Governing Board 

     I 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 our district.
     Three out of five of our current governing board members is a retired or present probation officer. A broader perspective 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 education.
     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 Board and school management experience community and family challenges
 
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/

Bennett4SchoolBoard@juno.com


LASTLY, I ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND VOTE
ON NOVEMBER 6th, 2012.
 
WE CAN & MUST CONTINUE THE BATTLE FOR A QUALITY EDUCATION THAT INCLUDES ALL CHILDREN!!

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Want to get in touch? You can send me an e-mail at:
Bennett4SchoolBoard@juno.com

Bennett4SchoolBoard@juno.com