School Board Candidate

Isaura Garcia


I’m a mother of two kids that attend Skaith, a bi-lingual community organizer, a member of the local PTA, an administrator and bookkeeper at my local church, a translator for progressive community services who assist the physically and mentally challenged. I’m passionate about public schools because all children deserve a fair opportunity to succeed. My goal is to be on the board of education to create a safe and effective learning environment that will enhance the community that we live in. Vote Garcia because I will always keep students and staff as the priority of every issue.


Our Candidate Summary

Socially Moderate
Fiscal Moderate

Our assessments are based on the answers given or not given by the candidate. Our assessment is an educated opinion and may or may not fully represent the candidate’s viewpoints. Based on Isaura’s answers, we rate her as a social moderate and fiscal conservative. The candidate has stated that she is a social conservative.

Isaura Garcia on the Issues

Why have you decided to run for the Saint Joseph School Board?

The passion for my candidacy is to raise the bar in our district in the categories of academics, teacher support, and community relations.

What are the strengths you will bring to the school board?

Integrity, compassion, and honesty are characteristics that I bring to the table. With the hard work and perseverance that I provide I typically induce the best qualities from my peers.

What changes/policies do you want to implement within the School Board?

My goal is to work with my fellow board members to bring policies to the agenda that will support our teachers, raise test scores, and increase community participation. I would also seek opportunities that will enhance and grow reading campaigns

Many schools in Saint Joe are falling into disrepair. What would you do to see schools maintained and upgraded?

It is my understanding that over the last couple of years we’ve created a budget to improve the deferred maintenance of each building. As a board member, I would see to it that this continues and that the budget is increased if necessary

How do you feel the mask mandate was handled by the School Board during the COVID pandemic?

These last couple of years have been difficult for all of us, with Covid and having to quarantine. The board has access to local health information and I believe they made decisions accordingly.

Would you be in favor of mandating face masks or vaccinations of students within the school district? Please elaborate.

While I do believe masks provide a layer of protection, this should be on a case by case scenario depending on current information locally. Young children learn to speak by reading lips, and there are pros and cons to masking. Everything has to be considered. While I believe vaccines should be available, I do not believe that they should be mandatory.

Do you believe there are financial resources within the budget that are currently misallocated?

As a bookkeeper at a local church I know that there are always areas of improvement in a budget. After meeting our assistant super intended Dr. Gabe Edgar, it is my understanding that our reserve balance has steadily increased over the last several years. I believe we currently have over 30 million in that fund. While I do believe there are areas of improvement, we seem to be headed in the right direction.

What are your top funding priorities?

The majority of our budget is allocated to salaries and wages. Obviously, we have building expenses as well. I will always advocate for advanced curriculum opportunities, trade school enhancements, and the continuation of fine arts such as band & theater.

How would you ensure financial transparency and accountability with the public?

Our school district is audited on an annual basis. Board members review an itemized budget on a monthly basis. Board members can also look into any questionable items and receive detailed information. Our school district has a finance committee which meets on a monthly basis and is recorder for the public to see. I would encourage this to continue.

What is the greatest challenge the Saint Joseph School district is currently facing?

After talking to several staff members, in my opinion, our greatest challenge is the lack of support for our teachers and staff.

How do you feel about the current approach to special education within the school district?

As an employee with community progressive services which is a company that ensures that our kids with disabilities have advocacy, I believe our special education system has room for improvement in the areas of consistency and support. One of the areas of improvement from my perspective, would be assessing children who are in need of an IEP at an earlier age. In the area of support I would ensure that we have enough qualified support staff in the district to strengthen students who require additional assistance.

What do you see as the most significant challenges teachers face within the district?

Behavioral issues and lack of communication between teachers and administration. With more communication we could create solutions to specific issues, such as discipline behavior.

How will you encourage community interaction and receive community feedback about the state of Saint Joseph Schools?

In the past we have struggled with community relationships. Community relationships are vital to the success of our school district. I think we’re currently taking steps in the right direction. We have to encourage projects that bring our city together and keep an open line of communication with our community.

How would you encourage parental involvement within the school system?

I suggest we have a recommended amount of time that each parent could volunteer on an annual basis. This wouldn’t be mandatory but it would help out in areas like reading, mentorship and other school activities.

Would you encourage the introduction of materials into the school system based on Critical Race Theory (CRT)?

Most curriculum developers are licensed teachers and school administrators. Their responsibility is to develop and implement new techniques to improve education and training, My opinion is this should also be vetted by our local teachers before it is approved by the board.