By Galen Patterson
The 2020 AUSD School Board election results are in; Kay Kinsler, Shirley Yee, and Raymond Cheung won 3 out of 5 seats on the board.
Kinsler was an incumbent candidate, Yee was a PTA president at two different schools, and Cheung is a former Marine.
At a recent debate, Cheung stated his priorities were to focus on the security of schools and increase student performance, while Kinsler told the audience that she wants to continue to build a nurturing and caring learning environment that collaborates, thinks critically and learns from failure.
At the same debate, Yee said she wanted to focus on keeping a working relationship between the board, staff and county. “Not having that bogs down the whole system,” she said.
Out of the five candidates competing for three seats, two were not chosen. One of which was incumbent candidate Cung Nguyen, a civil engineer. The second candidate was newcomer Roshan Akula, a special education aid.
Nguyen’s focus during the debate was keeping the world-class performing arts program and cultivating culture, climate and capacity for collaboration, while Akula wanted to focus on student success through top-level teachers.