By John Glidden, Vallejo Times-Herald – source
POSTED: 06/09/16, 5:33 PM PDT |
Ruscal Cayangyang wants to continue serving on the Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education.
The incumbent trustee announced Wednesday that he is seeking to fill a short two-year term this November. Cayangyang, who currently serves as vice president, was appointed to the board in January 2015.
Elected in November 2014, Vallejo resident Richard Porter declined to be seated for the position. The board then selected Cayangyang, who came in fourth place during that election.
Cayangyang said he intends to hold the district more accountable on the implementation of School Safety Plans after the Vallejo school board passed the plans in December 2015, according to a campaign news release.
Serving on the board’s Governance Committee, Cayangyang said progress is being made on a board governance handbook. “This handbook will help set up badly needed school board protocols, policies, and structures,” he said in the same release. “This will serve to hold the board more accountable, transparent, and effective with a focus on students.”
Cayangyang said that he has worked with his fellow trustee Burky Worel, “to advocate for a joint meeting between the Vallejo City Council and the board in order to facilitate and allow for both entities to govern more effectively and tackle overwhelming critical issues plaguing the district.”
He also said the board needs to address violence and bullying on Vallejo’s school campuses.
“It is imperative to ensure that all students, teachers and staff feel safe,” Cayangyang said.
“One of my principles is the belief in grassroots democracy. Every single human being deserves a say in the decisions that will affect their life and they should not be subject to the will of another,” he said. “Our current Vallejo election system both at the school board level and at the city council level, allows candidates to be bought off by big money and special interest factions.
“As a leader, I will not be bought off and I will certainly not be bullied,” he added.
Cayangyang first ran for the board in 2009, placing fifth out of six candidates.