October 12, 2004 > Jonas Dino, NHUSD
Jonas Dino, NHUSD
TCV: Briefly, what is your background and how does this relate to determining school policies?
Dino: I have lived in Union City for 27 years and am an alumnus of the district. I attended Alvarado Middle School and graduated from James Logan High School in 1985. After serving in the United States Marine Corp and earning my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from San Jose State University, I earned my Life Science Teaching Credential. I taught Science at Logan for 5 years and earned my Masters Degree in Instructional Technology from San Jose State in 2002. This unique set experiences and education helps me understand what motivates our students and therefore helps guide my decisions on the board.
TCV: If you are an incumbent, how long have you been on the board and what were the initial reasons you ran for office?
Dino: I have been on the school board for 4 years. I ran for the position because I wanted to give back to this community by making sure that our students received the best education possible. At the time, I felt that the district was not headed in the direction that provided our students with the best possible education. I wanted a change and decided to run for the position. I'm running again because I feel that I still have much to offer the students and parents of this district. My son Lucas will be entering Kindergarten in 2 years and I want to make sure that he and all of the students in the district get the best education possible.
TCV: If you are an incumbent, what were you able to accomplish during your years on the board and what remains to be done?
Dino: During my 4 years on the board, I have helped change the focus of the district back to educating all of our students. Using my people skills, I have been able to change the dynamics on the board. It again operates as a team; 5 people with different background and points of view, working together for what was best for the students
I have helped change how the district runs with more community and staff input in the district's major decisions but my proudest accomplishment is the increased utilization of NASA resources within the district. There are now robotics teams at James Logan, Cesar Chavez and Alvarado Middle; students participate in various NASA educational activities and events; NASA personnel visit district classrooms; and Barnard-White Middle School was selected as a 2004-2007 NASA Explorer School.
There is much to be done in the district from settling staff contracts to addressing the achievement gap and it will be a continual battle but I feel that my background and my education can help address the issues that face the district tomorrow and into the future.
The district has suffered through hard economic times and political turmoil but the district is on the verge of recovery. The board has recently hired a permanent superintendent, Dr. Pat Jaurequi who is a finance and negotiations expert from the Elk Grove Unified School District. She is well respected by her peers and is well regarded by district staff. I look forward to working with her, the district staff and the community to continue to improve the educational opportunities for our students.