Fri, July 19

Meet Mingus Union School Board candidate Jonathan P. Jauregui

Jonathan Jauregui

Jonathan Jauregui

Jonathan P Jauregui

Age: 51

Years in Arizona/Verde Valley: 51 years/11 years

Occupation: Letter Carrier U.S.P.S.

Education: First graduating class Deer Valley High School 1983, Scottsdale Community College 1986 Associates Culinary Arts, ASU 1988, and Yavapai Community College 2001 Associates Residential Construction Management.

Elective and Advisory Experience: None

Civic Affiliations: Cottonwood Boys & Girls Club Board 2013-2014

Verde Independent: What uniquely qualifies you to serve as a member of the Mingus Union School Board and what has prompted you to seek this position?

Jauregui: Having a Son Jarrett J Jauregui, 15, with Epilepsy, I have seen how our young people with special needs are treated, and how our educational system is not meeting them where they are at. We have to enable our teachers in an age of accountability, so they succeed in the success of our young people. Class room size of 30 students is not acceptable yet I know of several classes in excess of 40. I'm a person that if you tell me that something can't be done, I will find a way that we can achieve what we think we can't do. I never want to hear it's not my job. I set goals and do something everyday to achieve my life time goals. I'm seeking to be on the board to have an impact that will make MUHS staff, students and community the best in the state.

Verde Independent: Is the Mingus Union School District adequately serving the educational needs of its high school students? In what areas does the district need to improve its educational mission and how do you proposed that be accomplished?

Jauregui: The currant board has many challenges. They work hard, continuing to improve MUHS. Areas of improvement are the educational needs of our special needs students. The return of inclusion classes for many students would help in this matter. Our community is growing, we need to hire teachers that will help us succeed.

Verde Independent: Do you have any specific changes you want to make in school district policies, programs or the various school curricula being offered? If so, what changes do you want to make and why?

Jauregui: The high school is an open campus, with the high student population the campus needs to be more secure. MUHS lunch is less then desirable, and not creative. Getting rid of the spicy chicken paddy used to make the spicy chicken sandwich, spicy chicken wrap, and spicy chicken shaker salad would be a start. More options in the salad bar is the first step.