Leaders Endorse Gilbert for Rialto School Board
(RIALTO, Calif.) Before voters cast their ballots to elect members to the Rialto Unified School District (RUSD) School Board on Nov. 2 Joanne Gilbert wants them to know that more than 62 area leaders in education, business and the community endorse her.
A resident of Rialto for 24 years, Joanne Gilbert is one of the two trustees seeking re-election on the ballot, and has earned endorsements from a many of education, community and business leaders throughout the region.
Gilbert’s supporters include: RUSD Superintendent, Dr. Harold Cebrum; RUSD Board President Joseph Martinez; San Bernardino Valley Community College Trustees: John Longville and James Ramos; The San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee; John Wall, Chairman of the San Bernardino Democratic Committee; AFL-CIO; United Food & Commercial Workers; Rialto City Councilmember Deborah Robinson; San Bernardino City Councilmember Rikke Van Johnson and California State Assemblymember, Wilmer Amina Carter, to name a few. (A complete list of endorsers is listed below.)
Joanne Gilbert was an educator in the public school system for 29 years prior to her successful election to the RUSD Governing Board in 2000. She actively worked with students directly and helped become successful learners and resolving academic issues that ranged from middle school to adult education.
“Children family and community have always been of the utmost importance to me,” said Gilbert. “The Rialto school board has really focused on this as well. We have made some wonderful strides and we have become transparent and open to parents, students, teacher and employees and have developed a great team.”
There appears to be plenty of evidence in support of this success, as the Board has returned to a strong emphasis on math, science, rebuilding music programs and putting the visual and performing arts back into the classroom curriculum.
In fact, several schools have made great strides in improving their Academic Performance Index (API) scores, with some exceeding the 800 point level, including Trapp, Myers and Fitzgerald Elementary Schools being named a California Distinguished School.
If re-elected, Gilbert pledges to continue working on the real issues facing RUSD every day. Some of the improvements to the district since she came to the board include higher test scores, the addition of four new schools, which have greatly reduced overcrowded classrooms and the use of portable classrooms throughout the district.
“I know first hand of the type of commitment trustee Gilbert has to the success of our student educational goals. Not only does she address issues head-on, she works diligently to discover alternative ways to maintain the primary objective of keeping our students in school,” said Rialto City Councilmember Deborah Robertson.
Teddy Harris, a RUSD parent and founder of Mothers Who Care, an organization developed to resolve issues on behalf of parents says, “I know Joanne Gilbert is extremely dedicated to the improvement of children in all areas.”
“Whenever I need action, she is the first one I call, and she always responds. There has not been a single time that she has not investigated and taken care of a problem. She really believes in our kids and their future,” said Harris.
“I ask the people of Rialto for their vote on Tuesday, November 2 and allow me to help this generation of Rialto children earn a great education,” said Gilbert.
About Joanne Gilbert
Joanne has been on the Rialto School Board for 9 years. Prior to that, she was a teacher and educator in public education for 29 years teaching classes in all grades from middle school to adult education.
Under Joanne Gilbert’s tenure, the Board has returned to a strong emphasis on math, science, rebuilding music programs and putting the visual and performing arts back into the classroom curriculum. In fact, several schools have made great strides in improving their Academic Performance Index (API) scores, with some exceeding the 800 point level, including Trapp, Myers and Fitzgerald Elementary School being named as California Distinguished Schools.
Joanne Gilbert is committed to helping the Rialto Unified School District’s students excel academically, she asks for your vote on Tuesday, November 2.
Endorsement List for Joanne Gilbert
- Assemblymember, Wilmer Amina Carter
- John Wall, Chair San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee
- John Longville, San Bernardino Valley Community College District Trustee
- James Ramos, San Bernardino Valley Community College District Trustee
- Joseph Martinez, RUSD Board President
- Dr. Harold Cebrun, RUSD superintendent
- Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, San Bernardino, Riverside Counties
- The Black Voice News
- United Food & Commercial Workers Union (UFCW)
- Westside Action Group
- Citizens of the Inland Empire PAC
- Walter Jarman, NAACP
- The Original Rialto Democratic Club
- Deborah Robertson, Rialto City Council
- Midge Zupanic, President Rialto Chamber of Commerce
- Ernie Mitchell, Retired Fire Chief
- Alton Garrett, Garrett Management Enterprises
- Lillie Houston, Farmers Insurance Broker
- Phillip Ewell, Santa Monica City Manager, Retired
- Richard Grandos, East Rialto Kiwanis
- John Brockhouse, Accountant
- Rosie Jazwiec, Health Care
- Artist Gilbert, Retired L.A.P.D.
- Abraham Mubashshir, teacher
- Daren Gilbert, teacher
- Barbara Govan, Corrections Officer
- Ethel McAfee, retired
- Dr. Mildred Henry, CEO The PAL Center
- Margaret Hill, Assistant Superintendent of Schools San Bernardino County Schools
- Teddy Harris, Rialto Parent
- Gwendolyn Nelson, San Bernardino County
- Reverend Raymond Turner
- Marge Mendoza-Ware, Colton School Board
- Kent Taylor, Colton School Board
- Acquanetta Warren, Fontana City Council
- R.J. Thomas, US Air Force Retired
- Marcus Houston, Retired Air Force
- Hattie Inge, Retired
- Barbara Horzen, Parent
- Julie Dawoodjee, RENTECH, Inc.
- Dennis Mobley, San Bernardino County Schools
- Walter Hawkins, WAG
- Monique Conway, Principal
- Shelia Futch, CA State Assembly Representative
- Stan Futch, Retired Fire Chief
- Van Howard, Photographer
- Willie Anderson, Corrections Officer
- Alayna Gilbert, teacher
- Vernon and Odessa Braggs, retired
- Larry Davis, East Rialto Kiwanis
- Joan Davis, Bank of America
- Eric Witherspoon, Principal
- Pauline Tidler, East Rialto Kiwanis
- Max Tidler, East Rialto Kiwanis
- Alphonso Twine retired
- Rikke Van Johnson, San Bernardino City Council
- Dale Estvander, East Rialto Kiwanis
- Dr. Willie Roberts, S.B. Valley College, retired
- Ann Porter retired
- John Longville, Sr. retired
- Donna Longville retired
- Linda Wilson Gomez, City of San Bernardino