Bruce Van Allen

for County Board of Education

“Safety and access for all students ...”

I was appointed to cover a vacancy on the Santa Cruz County Board of Education in early 2015, and elected by the voters in 2016. I represent Trustee Area 2, which includes most of the City of Santa Cruz from Downtown to the Eastside, and a large portion of Live Oak and the foothills.

Now I am asking for your vote to continue my work as the Area 2 Trustee.

From my experience in government, non-profit, and private sector positions, I believe I have the knowledge and skills to be an effective Trustee.

  • I have had extensive experience with the County Office of Education and local school districts through my work on San Lorenzo River restoration.
  • I oversaw expansion of an award-winning program in which artists taught at-risk youth ways to express themselves non-violently.
  • I have been an instructor in computer technology at Cabrillo College.
  • I have actively campaigned to pass local school finance ballot measures.
  • Direct experience with my partner's kids showed me how important our local alternative education and special needs programs are.

My priorities are safety and access for all students, support for teachers and staff, and financial accountability.

I support occupational training, special needs programs, and alternative education, as well as enhanced training for new teachers.

In today's world, schools open each year amidst growing challenges as the shifting impacts of gender, race, and class intersect in students' lives.

I believe our community wants our schools to address these challenges with openness and respect for all. That will be my goal if elected.

I would be honored to have your vote.

Bruce