The Pima County supervisors formally approved the general election results on Tuesday, including results in school board races for two open seats at SUSD and CESD. 

Raul Rodriguez won a seat on the Sahuarita Unified School District Governing Board, and Ruth Amarillas won a seat on the Continental Elementary School District Governing Board.

Screenshot from Pima County 2022 General Election Results
Screenshot from Pima County 2022 General Election Results
Screenshot from Pima County 2022 General Election Results
Screenshot from Pima County 2022 General Election Results

Candidate Q&A

Here are unedited responses to a question the Green Valley News & Sahuarita Sun asked both candidates before the election: 

Raul Rodriguez
Raul Rodriguez

What are three of your goals for the next two years?

Raul Anthony Rodriguez: Protect our children from Social and Emotional Learning curriculums that promote CRT and curriculum which has child grooming overtures. Unfortunately, we just witnessed the Vail School Board vote on and pass their Character and Enrichment program that contains the Second Steps curriculum. Parents in Utah recently had this curriculum removed from one of their school districts when they discovered it contained CRT and explicit material.

The overall goal will be to help remove Social and Emotional Learning from the Arizona Department of Education and replace it with a curriculum that focuses on academics such as Science, Math, Reading, Writing, Communications, Social Studies, and Physical Education.

I want to empower parents. Educated parents are essential for a strong school community. Parents have fundamental rights under the 10th & 14th Amendments when it comes to the education of their children. When parents understand their rights they have a greater opportunity to play a role in what their children learn. I want every parent that sends their child to a government school to know their rights.

I am a big proponent of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Joint Technical Education District (JTED). I would like to expand the dual enrollment programs we have with Pima Community College. The CTE program provides many students with great opportunities to find meaningful and fulfilling careers. The list of possible fields continues to grow. I like the idea of creating a program for trade skills and I approve of the way Sahuarita High School has built specialized classrooms such as the automotive garage. I realize that college may not be an option for many graduating students. These programs are a great alternative that not only benefits them, but it also benefits our community as well. We need these trade skills here in Sahuarita and our state. I want to provide our students with every opportunity to succeed.

 

Ruth Amarillas
Ruth Amarillas

What are three of your goals for the next two years?

Ruth Amarillas: Initiate dialogue at Continental Elementary School to develop a framework that actively and diligently works with Sahuarita USD to implement a curriculum, which aligns and mirrors each elementary/middle school in the adjacent districts to ensure our students are equally or better prepared than they are now when they enter high school.

Maintain teamwork and active, productive, and harmonious communication amongst the School Board, Continental School administration, teachers, parents, and the community. Advocate and advance the school, recruit and retain great teachers, and most importantly set a path for the success of Continental Elementary School students

Open and initiate communication with Walden High School (feeder high school for Continental Elementary School) and become actively involved with them to bridge gaps and develop synergy between Continental Elementary and Walden High School. This will better align the school and the priorities for the good of our students and parents.

What are your thoughts on the newly elected school board members?