Chris Apodaca

District: ABC Unified School District Trustee Area 7
Position Seeking: Governing Board Member

Question 1: Please share a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music, media arts) while growing up.

When I was in the second grade we went on a field trip to see The Sound of Music live at the performing arts center. That was the day I fell in love with the theater. I have supported the performing arts in my community ever since then.

Question 2: What kind of creative solutions would you suggest to support student outcomes such as English language development, closing the achievement gap, and preparation for college and/or meaningful careers?

The earlier we are able to introduce students to preparatory and enrichment programs, the better our chances of closing that achievement gap. Once such program I have been an integral part of in my district for years is the Skillstreaming program, which can begin as early as kinder.

Question 3: What do you think should be the role of the School Board in ensuring that students have access to a broad range of study?

The school board, ideally, would be comprised of well-learned leaders from the community. People who want to offer more to the students than any other district. This ensures not only higher test scores, but more importantly it adds to the quality of life for students and their families. The role of the school board should be a pro-active one.

Question 4: In light of the Local Control Funding Formula and development of district Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs), what are your creative solutions for achieving goals in the eight priority areas?

Since I am limited to 100 words, I would simply state that we cannot undue what is done at home. The fruits of a good education go beyond academics, they are ripened at home and within our communities. We need more participation from our local businesses, families, and community organizations.