AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Meeting student achievement goals has been challenging but progress is being made, Avila said, adding he is confident a handful of underperforming schools will make advances. Candelario Mendoza, who’s been on the board for 20 years, said academic performance and the pressures on teachers are pressing issues. “Really the paramount issue now is that teaching has become a really, really rough profession to enter,” Mendoza said. “We are now practically testing our students to death.” Roberta Perlman-Hensen said prioritizing the use of funds so students and teachers can achieve their potential is a priority. Even when economic times are difficult, protecting classrooms is imperative, she said. Decisions such as the one to eliminate the 20-to-1 student-teacher ratios at the kindergarten and third-grade level two years ago should be avoided. POMONA – District finances and student achievement are among the top concerns of five candidates seeking three seats Tuesday on the board of trustees of the Pomona Unified School District. Incumbent John Avila said budgets, student achievement and the recruitment and keeping personnel are among the district’s top challenges. School districts rely on the state for most of their funding and as cuts are made in Sacramento, school districts are forced to do more with fewer dollars, Avila said. To make up for lost revenue the district continues looking for other revenue options. “There are grants out there,” he said. “Our superintendent is out looking for additional resources.” In a statement, Don Stockwell said he’s seen many advances in the 34 years he’s lived in the Pomona Unified School District. The challenges ahead involve testing and budgets. “Because of recent changes in state and federal law, testing of students will become our greatest challenge in the future, and will be a responsibility and a top priority to administrators, teachers and parents. Failure in meeting testing mandates will result in lifelong negative consequences for our students; this is not an acceptable option,” he said. Having balanced budgets, offering a quality curriculum and quality personnel at all levels of the educational system are required, he said. Andrew Wong said sound fiscal management and waste elimination are needed to ensure available resources are channeled to classrooms to reach academic performance goals. [email protected] 909) 483-9336.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!