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Rick Shea for Board of Education

After 11 years’ service on the San Dieguito Union High School District Board and 12 years on the San Diego County Board of Education, I have decided to retire. I have really enjoyed serving the students, parents and residents of this community. Thank you so much for your past support!

With so many years invested in public education I want to recommend someone who will hit the ground running in providing quality education for our students while keeping politics out of the classroom.

Many of you already know this person from his years of public service. His name is Rick Shea. Rick has dedicated his career to helping students succeed, especially those most at-risk.

Prior to retiring as the Special Assistant to the County Superintendent, Rick served as a Classroom Teacher and Head Teacher for San Diego County Schools, and a school administrator for the Outdoor Education Department, which operates the 6th grade camps so popular with students, teachers, and parents.

He ran educational programs for students with special needs, including children expelled from their school districts, those in juvenile hall, those from homeless or foster families, and children with multiple disabilities.

As a Probation Officer for the Superior Court, Rick worked closely with teachers and officials to get teenage offenders back on track to complete their education.

Serving as President of the Leucadia/Encinitas Town Council Rick was heavily involved in the formation of the City of Encinitas.  He was then elected to the first Encinitas City Council and served as City Councilmember and Mayor.

Rick believes that students, parents, taxpayers, and the community, all benefit from every student receiving a 21st Century education, whether preparing for college or entering the workplace.

He is committed to putting children first, and keeping budget cuts and politics away from the classroom.

In addition to my endorsement, Rick’s endorsements for this non-partisan office include Democrats, Republicans, and Independents; parents, teachers, and many locally elected school board members and community leaders, including:

•All members of the San Diego County Board of Education: Sue Hartley, Sharon Jones, Mark Anderson, Lyn Neylon, and Gregg Robinson

•San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts

•former County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price

•Senator Marty Block, former San Diego County Board of Education President

•Senator Dede Alpert (retired), former Solana Beach School Board member

•Leslie Fausett Retired Superintendant of Solana Beach School District, former California Chief Deputy Superintendant of Public Instruction

•Joyce Dalessandro: San Dieguito Union High School Board President

•Barbara Groth, Amy Herman, Beth Hergesheimer: San Dieguito Union High School Board

•Marla Strich: Encinitas Union School District Board President

•Carol Skiljan and Emily Andrade Encinitas Union School District Board Trustees

•Rich Leib, and Vicki King: Solana Beach School District Board President and Vice President

•Lean King: former Del Mar Union School District Board Member, and former Superintendent of Encinitas and Lemon Grove.

•Adrianne Hakes: Oceanside Unified School District Board President

•Todd Gutschow: Poway Unified School District Board of Education President

For a complete endorsement list please go to

Please join with us and Vote Rick Shea for San Diego County Board of Education June 3

Sue Hartley is president of the San Diego County Board of Education



Paul Ruez June 3, 2014 at 5:27 am

Rick’s name is not on my mail in ballot.

karen von dessonneck June 2, 2014 at 4:14 pm

i want to know rick shea’s age

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