When school board President Richard Raad considered running for a
second term in office, he decided his four years as a board member
who understands the complexities of public education gave him an edge
over most of the candidates. “Fiscal uncertainties need proven and
experienced leadership at this time,” Raad said. “When I vote on
issues, I ... understand the issues, and that’s through the knowledge
I gained on the board.”
Any decisions the board makes are based upon the best interests of
the children first, then the community and the district, he said.
Responding to critics who denounced the board’s handling of the
$3-million budget deficit, Raad blames the shortfall partially on the
With a new management team at the district office, not only has
the board met budget requirements, including the 3% reserve fund, but
it has established safeguards, including the Budget Advisory
Committee, Raad said.
“The district itself is now working in a much more positive
light,” he said. “The deficiencies of the past have been resolved.”
Raad said his service on local committees and organizations gives
him insight into the various needs of the community. He was a member
of the school site assessment committee and the Burbank Chamber of
Commerce president in 1995. He is also on the board of directors for
The Salvation Army.