Conejo Together wants the new board to rebuild trust with our community. That trust depends on the board celebrating district successes and addressing shortcomings without indulging in finger-pointing or denying responsibility. The board should be proud of our successes but work harder where we are not doing our best job for the students our district serves.

Our Conejo community has been through two years of turmoil. Real harm has been done to the reputation of the school district and its governing board. Many of our finest teachers feel their work is unappreciated and their wise counsel ignored. Students have been disparaged in public meetings, local newspapers, and emails from school board members. Community residents and businesses have been threatened because of perceived positions on school district issues. This has got to stop!

Ending the culture wars is just the beginning. There is so much more work to do. Our district is responsible for helping every child along the pathway to a happy and productive life. We cannot narrow our focus, including only the four-year college bound. It is the responsibility of the school board to meet the needs of every child and to help families find the best fit. The Conejo Together community wants a school board that asks questions about educational equity and access because that builds trust with families and helps every child succeed. We expect active collaboration with our educators, our students, and our families.

Finally, we want a board that is out in the community, creating authentic relationships, not just photo-ops, with our Thousand Oaks City, Conejo Recreation and Park District, and Chamber of Commerce partners. Conejo Together supporters are everywhere in the Conejo Valley. We want our community to be a place that businesses flock to, families move to, and our own kids return to, raising their families here in the years to come.