Michael Simons is a 30-year Huntington Beach resident. Three of his
children graduated from schools in the Huntington Beach Union High School
"The children of our communities and their education are my highest
priority," Simons said.
The most important issue the district faces is accountability to the
students, their parents and the community, he said.
"The district must continue to enable our students to become
independent thinkers who are able to become successful adults," Simons
said. "We must also prepare them to pass the new high school exit exam,
while continuing our above average SAT and AP [Advanced Placement]
Simons, an incumbent serving his second term, said the district must
continue to assure parents that their children have a safe and secure
learning environment with all the tools necessary for success.
"We must demonstrate to the community that we will make prudent fiscal
decisions that will maintain financial stability," he said.
Simons is a gubernatorial appointee for the Board of Podiatric
Medicine for the California Department of Consumer Affairs and the
president of the Orange County Podiatric Medical Assn.Simons, a
podiatrist, earned his bachelor's degree in zoology at Michigan State
University. He went on to earn his master's degree in medical education
and his doctorate at the California College of Podiatric Medicine. He
uses his education background to train student doctors.
BIO: MICHAEL SIMONS
* Age: 56
* Family: Wife Judy, sons Ben and Brad, stepson Jeff, stepdaughter
Jennifer, and three step-grandchildren
* Community Activism: Huntington Beach Union High School District
trustee, Community Services Commission for the city of Huntington Beach,
Infrastructure Advisory Committee for the city of Huntington Beach,
Educational Enrichment Foundation, Huntington Beach High School site
council, Robinwood Little League Board of Directors, Huntington Beach
Sunrise Rotary and Michigan State University Orange County Alumni Assn.
Board of Directors
* Contact: (714) 536-3840
MICHAEL SIMONS ON:
* THE DISTRICT'S BIGGEST CHALLENGES:Simons said the district's
facilities will pose the greatest challenge in the near future, adding
that trustees are faced with many of the same infrastructure problems
that face the district's cities.
"Our aging campuses are in need of major repair and renovation.
Increasing enrollment and class-size reduction is causing an impact on
Simons said the recent bond measure, while unsuccessful, enabled the
district to receive $40 million.
"This leaves $100 million in repairs for the future. We need to find
ways to fund this with as little impact on the community as possible.
Meanwhile, we must continue to maintain and upgrade our facilities with
* PLANS TO DEMOLISH BUILDING NO. 300:
"Structural and geotechnical engineers have recommended that . . . the
building should be demolished. Repair in place is not cost-effective."
Building No. 300, he added, houses specialized programs with unusual
space requirements, including the band and choral rooms, auto and wood
shops, and the kitchen and cafeteria.
"School and district staff, parents and students are working together
to develop plans for accommodating those programs both during
construction and afterward.
"We need to be committed to the safety of the students and staff at
Fountain Valley High School and to the protection of the programs at the