When I voted to stop school buildings from being built on toxic soil, I asked tough questions and made hard decisions. Listening to the community of parents, I will use all of my life experiences to refocus the County Board of Education on what is truly important – our children, teaching and learning.
“Gino Borgioli is a champion for our kids and their safety,” says Mayor Roland Velasco.
The recent Florida shootings struck a core within me personally. High School Students across the country planned rallies to make their voices heard after the shooting. At one of the MHUSD high schools, I was invited and attended one such rally along with the current District 7 CBOE trustee, the County Supervisor, another MHUSD Trustee and a city council member. Students asked a variety of questions that was very heartening and thoughtful, I thoroughly enjoyed these students insight into their thinking. I stayed for about 2 hours answering individual and panel questions.
One question that was asked of the panel was; ‘what are you going to do about changing the gun laws’? There was a variety of answers and I had to be honest with these students in that I said that to change law, you need to work with Sacramento and Washington, we at the local level have little powers to change laws of the nature on guns. However, I suggested that they can get involved and have their voice heard in Sacramento by joining CSBA on lobby day every year where you can make and get appointments with legislators who can change the laws. I gave them very specific information on how they can get involved in voicing their opinion to influence change. My opponent in District 7 suggested that they complete the voter registrations that was on the table in the rear of the auditorium as her answer. These are difficult times for all and especially on school safety. Telling the truth and giving specific information as to how students voices can be heard by legislators who directly affect laws was a better answer than telling them to fill out voter registrations.
A 2017 report by the Bureau of State Audits said: ‘School Violence Prevention, School Districts, County Offices of Education and the State ‘MUST DO MORE TO ENSURE THAT SCHOOLS SAFETY PLANS HELP PROTECT STUDENTS and STAFF DURING EMERGENCIES’. The audit found that many schools do not have a plan for an active shooter on campus and are unprepared for gun violence, the state says we must do more and I agree.
As I said above, I was at one of the school rallies that took place across american schools and I vividly remember a student named Zoie stating at the podium as she spoke that ‘she didn’t want to live in fear of coming to school every day’ and asked those present to help all students by instituting safety protocols to help stop these horrible events at her school. This was a chilling moment for me and at the next Board Meeting, I suggested a very in depth safety study be done at every school with results presented to the Board with recommendations.
Unfortunately, the CDE does not monitor local educational agencies safety plans. A CSBA article outlined that Rocklin USD and Placer County Office of Education are examples to follow relative to school safety. I believe that Santa Clara County Schools can do better and must do better. A vote for Gino Borgioli will ensure that this topic will be a high priority at the County level.