Robert McKendrick, the only incumbent on the Temple City School Board running for re-election, is no stranger to the education system in Temple City.
McKendrick has lived in Temple City since 1987. He has been married for 25 years and is the father of six Temple City children: two who have graduated and four of which still attend school in the district.
First elected in 2003, he possesses what he believes to be the two of the most important qualities a School Board member must have: honesty and the willingness to put students and their education first.
As an independent with no political party, McKendrick plans to make decisions objectively without being hindered by the ulterior motives that tend to come with political affiliations.
When asked about his experience as a Board member, McKendrick responded, saying that he has a “history of being logical and making decisions based on the best interests of the education system.”
If re-elected, McKendrick plans to investigate and fix the “achievement gap”, or why some students perform much better than others.
“It’s not just a problem in Temple City-it’s a national problem,” explains the School Board member. Although the scope of this issue lies well beyond the borders of our city, McKendrick intends to begin solving the problem and ensure that each student has an equal opportunity to excel in school, regardless of their background.
Robert McKendrick and fellow School Board candidate Joan Vizcarra both have prior experience as School Board members. As the running incumbent, McKendrick has a sound understanding of his job.
Temple City residents will be able cast votes among McKendrick and the other five candidates on November 6, 2007.
This article was written by Jason Wu. It was published on October 31, 2007 in the Temple City Voice.