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Tracy Pellman: Vigilance for healthy budget

October 31, 2002

THE RACE FOR OCEAN VIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT

Name: Tracy Pellman

Age: 47

Occupation: Ocean View School District board member and pediatric

registered nurse

Family: Husband, Harry; five daughters.

Community activities: A partial list of my involvement in our

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community includes: PTA, president; National Charity League,

president; Huntington Beach Art Center, board member; American

Academy of Pediatric, Orange County Chapter 4; Prevention of Violence

in Children; HB Friends of the Children's Library Carnival,

volunteer; American Heart Association, county board member; American

Lung Association/Free to Breathe Kite Festival, chair; Clean Air

Award, 2001 County Leader Award Recipient ; AYSO, team parent;

Children's Needs Task Force, member; Bolsa Chica Conservancy, board

member; Girls Inc.; OC Steering Committee board member and California

School Board Assn., member.

Education: Bachelor's in nursing.

Favorite leader: Thomas Jefferson.

Contact information: pellman4schoolboard@

earthlink.net.

PELLMAN ON:

* STUDENT SAFETY:

During my 12-year tenure as trustee, I have supported policies

which have resulted in safer schools in Ocean View. We have a strong

zero-tolerance policy, two-way commu-

nications at each site, telephones in every classroom, a viable

site safety plan and a district coordinated emergency plan.

In terms of steps we have taken to ensure student safety, I have

supported the following practices: Assessing school security needs;

monitoring school facilities to ensure a clean, safe environment;

implementing policies that support and reward positive social

behavior; implementing school-wide education and training on safety

and avoiding violence; providing counseling and social services to

students; training school staff in all areas of violence prevention;

building a partnership with local law enforcement; enforcing an

effective discipline policy.

* RAISING STUDENT TEST SCORES:

The measure of any district is found in its ability to not only

educate our students, but measure their accomplishments in the

classroom. Ocean View students have consistently outperformed

students in both the county and state in all areas assessed and

scores have risen substantially every year. The key to raising test

scores is two-fold: hire and maintain the best teachers, and make

sure that each student is continually assessed and monitored on a

consistent basis. Ocean View has an integrated curriculum based on

state standards, and our highly trained staff uses a wide variety of

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