Archive » November 16, 2006
Montecito 2006 Election Results
By Taylor Orr
• Montecito Union School Board: This elected office was not on the ballot because an insufficient number of candidates applied for the position.
Robert M. Nagy, incumbent
Carissa M. Smith, appointed incumbent
Karen G. Anderson, incumbent
• Cold Spring School Board: This elected office was not on the ballot because an insufficient number of people applied for the position.
Ann Tro, chemistry educator and homemaker
Michael Y. Hieshima, real estate professional
Darren D. Caesar, business owner.
• Santa Barbara School Board
Bob Noël 31.09% (winner)
Kate Parker 28.96% (winner)
Suzy Cawthon 19.29%
Rosanne Crawford 10.32%
Thinker Bill Hackett 7.45%
Michelle Maddox 2.56%
In his next term, incumbent Bob Noël said he wants to “continue to work toward fiscal responsibility, oversight and accountability.”
He said he also wants to create three new programs at the high school level: a Public Safety Preparedness Academy, a Construction Technology Academy and a third program “designed for the ‘B’ student who could do a lot better if someone figured out what they’re interested in.”
Noël said the Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Academy “deals with fire preventing, search and rescue, community-based policing, disaster response, mitigation and recovery.” He said the program would help kids learn a sense of duty and to work together as a team.
“This program stresses character building and it also introduces kids to very exciting things to do, including career opportunities,” Noël said. “There’s a program like this in San Bernardino that has been very successful.”
The Construction Technology Academy is designed to introduce kids to all aspects of designing, engineering and constructing commercial and residential buildings. Students would learn to design using computer-aided techniques and to figure out what materials to use. “It’s not just a shop class,” Noël said. “This is a four-year program where [students] will have to learn electrical and mechanical aspects of construction technology.”
Noël’s third program is “for high school kids who are not in the GATE or AP program,” but who need academic stimulation.
“This program is designed to create some pre-AP classes for them,” Noël said. “There will be a lot of training and support systems for these kids. I hope to see this program, along with the other two, come into existence in the near future.”
Parent and librarian Kate Parker said “I have spent so much time following the school board I feel like I have an advantage getting up to speed. I’m hoping when I come onto the board in December the teacher contracts will be negotiated. If that [issue] is still hanging out there in December, it would certainly be my first priority. The big issues are student achievement, how money ties into student achievement (programs, curriculum and teacher salaries). My first focus is on bringing more money to the district and setting short- and long-term goals in terms of the money.”
• Measure K: Did not pass (needed 55% approval)
Yes – 50.58%
No – 49.42
• Montecito Water Board: This elected office was not on the ballot because an insufficient number of candidates applied for the position.
Dick Shaikewitz, retired attorney
Sam Frye, farm manager
Robert Wade Puddicombe, incumbent
• Montecito Sanitary Board: This office was not on the ballot because an insufficient number of candidates applied for the position.
Deirdre Mary Cannata, incumbent
Judith M. Ishkanian, appointed incumbent
• Montecito Fire Board:
John Venable, incumbent
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