Rob Fishel

August 30, 2010

Name: Rob Fishel       

Age: 56

Birthplace: Hamilton Air Force Base, Calif.

Residence: 513 20th St., Huntington Beach

Occupation: No answer

Education: bachelor's degree in environmental studies from UC Santa Barbara, 1981; executive MBA USC, 1991

Experience as an educator: No answer

Previously elected or appointed positions: No answer

Community organizations you belong to: No answer

Previous positions: Smith School Site Council, Smith PTA legislative representative, AYSO soccer coach, South Huntington Beach girls' softball coach, Girl Scout Troop treasurer, Ballet Etudes treasurer

Why should constituents vote for you?

The Huntington Beach City School District school board needs someone with a financial background. I have an MBA and worked in both the public and private sector and bring a business approach to education which is required due to the increased necessity to efficiently utilize the resources available. Also, I bring new ideas and approaches to handling some of the difficult decisions. The incumbents have made poor decisions on the sale of LeBard Elementary School and giving huge salary increases to administrators, which has sullied their working relationship with the teacher’s union and the public. I would bring a more cooperative approach to solving the problems. 


Both my children attended Smith Elementary School and my daughter just finished fifth grade there so I understand the problems facing teachers and parents. We all want smaller class sizes and safer campuses. I would work with the principals and teachers to assist them in meeting their needs. 

We can’t count on Sacramento to fix our problems and we need to work with the resources available.  I wouldn’t have spent $70,000 on playground equipment at Seacliff Elementary School as happened recently.  The school is only 10 years old and it needs the parking lot repaved? If it’s in such bad condition, I would have gone after the contractor. There are ways to use the resources available. 

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