CARLSBAD — Elisa Williamson announced last week she will seek re-election to the Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees.
Williamson, who has lived in Carlsbad for 29 years, has served on the Board of Trustees since 2000.
“I didn’t take this decision lightly. Over the past few months, community members, teachers, administrators and board members have urged me to continue on the board to provide continuity as our district faces unprecedented changes in leadership: a new Superintendent joins us in July, two of three assistant superintendents are close to retirement and three of five board members have served for three years or less,” she said. “These conversations have led me to reflect on my unique ‘institutional knowledge’ due to over 20 years of leadership in CUSD, including serving as a member of the board of trustees, classroom volunteer, PTA president at two schools, Prop B bond co-chair and oversight committee, strategic planning committee, Language Arts vertical team and parent of children who have gone through the entire K-12 CUSD experience.”
Williamson said she provides a valuable perspective for the new leadership team as Superintendent Dr. Suzette Lovely retires at the end of the month.
“Serving on the school board for the past 16 years is an honor that has given me the opportunity to have a profound impact on our community, because every student who has attended our schools is affected by actions the school board takes,” Williams said. “My focus has always been on student learning, and during my time in office, our test scores have steadily risen and more students are taking and successfully completing Honors, Advanced Placement, and community college classes.”
The veteran trustee said the district will implement Next Generation Science Standards at each grade level, expanding career pathway opportunities for high school students and developing project-based learning units for middle schoolers.
“I would be honored if the Carlsbad voters select me so I can be part of these initiatives and continue serving the students in this great community,” she said.