CUSD School Board Candidate Lisa Meglioli

Coronado School Board Candidate Question #8:

“You’ve successfully served your term(s) as a Coronado Unified School District board member, it’s time to move on to the next venture. Your words to the (incoming) next group of school board candidates … what achievement are you the proudest of.”

As another chapter in life comes to a close, it’s time to take a moment to look back, reflect on and acknowledge the journey traveled and the lessons learned along the way. I never would have imagined the campaign process itself would prepare me and exceed for what was to come. The polarization that took place particularly the last few weeks before the election reminded me to be thick skinned and helped me build an even stronger character and mentality to take on the tasks and challenges once officially on the School Board. In my experience over the years in different industries and settings, I have never experienced more internal politics than in this process.

The achievement I’m most proud of is having been able to fulfill what I expressed my main priorities were as a candidate. It took some time but we were able to refocus on academics and keep politics out of classrooms as much as possible. I pride myself in having provided an open dialogue and communication between the School Board and the students, parents, teachers, staff and community members by listening to and taking into consideration their opinions and concerns.

I know I have said this many times before and I will continue saying it as many times as its applicable, having a large family with 5 kids has given me the experience and tools to confront the many challenges that life brings. It’s very easy to speak and criticize but not everyone has the courage to stand up and take action themselves. As it’s time for a new term, I would say to the incoming Board that it’s not easy, there will always be those who oppose, try to deter you and have negative things to say. The most important thing is to be strong in your beliefs, don’t back down when you know you’re doing the right thing and never give up for what you stand for.

I decided not to waste time personally engaging with people who have chosen to judge and attack without knowing me. Unkind words and actions are a reflection of them, not of who I am, what I stand for and represent. Some words of advice, whenever you have any doubts, questions or concerns about anything, make sure you have all the right information and get your facts straight before you make any false assumptions or accusations. Unfortunately some people chose to pursue hate speech and harassment campaigns but that only creates further division. So for those who don’t know me and have posted questions about me, I would like to clarify that two of my children did attend Village Elementary when we lived here for the first time eleven years ago and another graduated from Coronado High School.

In the end, make sure that whatever you do is for the right reasons and best intentions. Nothing others say should make you lose focus of your main mission and priorities. Ultimately the main purpose and duty of the School Board is to do what’s best for the overall wellbeing of the students which is why I decided to take this on to begin with. This has been a tremendous learning experience, my best wishes and God Bless.

VOL. 112, NO. 44 - Nov. 2, 2022

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