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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 12:00 PM

Julie Olsen to Join Saugus Union School District Board of Trustees


Wednesday, November 2, 2016 12:00 AM

Saugus District Trustee, Chris Trunkey, Endorses Julie Olsen

In a Letter to the Editor published in the Santa Clarita Gazette, Saugus District Trustee Chris Trunkey said, about Julie Olsen:

"Julie is the only candidate in the race who has demonstrated unwavering commitment to our schools...I can think of no one else in this district who should be a voice on our school board to help us make important decisions."

To read the full LTE, click here, or view the image below.

In a separate statement, Trunkey stated:

“I believe that Julie would be a great addition to our board.  She has a resume of professional experience in learning strategies, a history of volunteer experience in SUSD and a commitment to education in our district that I think is unmatched.  She has my full support.”

 

 


Saturday, October 29, 2016 1:41 PM

Julie Olsen will donate 100% of her board stipend back to Saugus schools, if elected

Julie Olsen announced today that if elected, she will be donating 100% of her board member stipend (for her full term) to a different PTA/PTC/PFO group in the district each month to directly benefit all Saugus students.


Friday, October 21, 2016 2:30 PM

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, endorses Julie Olsen for Saugus Union School District Trustee Area 3

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, has endorsed Julie Olsen for Saugus Union School Board:

“I am proud to endorse Julie Olsen for the Saugus Union School District Board of Trustees.  Julie’s experience, her familiarity with education policy and best practices, and her commitment to the district will help move Saugus schools forward to deliver 21st-century learning.”

 


Thursday, October 13, 2016 11:01 PM

California State Treasurer John Chiang Endorses Julie Olsen for Saugus School Board

“Julie Olsen is the most qualified candidate for the Saugus Union School District, Trustee Area 3.  Julie has both the financial acumen and education policy expertise necessary to be a successful trustee. She is a committed and active leader in the local schools and advocates for positive changes in the legislature to improve public education for all California children. Voters of the Saugus district can put their confidence in Julie to protect their tax dollars and ensure students receive the best education possible." Chiang stated.


Thursday, October 6, 2016 1:00 PM

Former Saugus Head Teacher Endorses Julie Olsen for Saugus School Board

On September 6, 2016, The Santa Clarita Valley Signal published a Letter to the Editor written by Cheryl Cameron, former Head Teacher in the Saugus Union School District, outlining why Julie Olsen is the clear choice for the Saugus Union School District's Board.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016 9:37 AM

Santa Clarita City Councilmember TimBen Boydston endorses Julie Olsen for Saugus Union School District Board, Trustee Area 3

Santa Clarita City Councilmember TimBen Boydston endorses Julie Olsen for Saugus Union School District Board, Trustee Area 3


Thursday, September 29, 2016 1:52 PM

College of the Canyons Board President Bruce Fortine endorses Julie Olsen for Saugus Union School District Board, Trustee Area 3

Founding Board Member and current Board President of the College of the Canyons, Bruce Fortine, has announced his endorsement of Julie Olsen for Saugus Union School Board, Trustee Area 3.  


Tuesday, September 20, 2016 1:34 AM

California State Controller, Betty Yee, Endorses Julie Olsen for Saugus School Board

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2016

Contact:          julie@olsenforsaugus.com
Website:         www.olsenforsaugus.com            
Facebook:       www.facebook.com/julieolsenforsaugus

California Controller Betty Yee endorses Julie Olsen for Saugus Union School District Trustee Area 3

(Santa Clarita, CA) – California State Controller Betty T. Yee has announced her endorsement of Julie Olsen for Saugus Union School Board, Trustee Area 3.  

Controller Yee is the chief fiscal officer of the state of California, the sixth largest economy in the world. Prior to being elected as State Controller in 2014, Controller Yee served on the Board of Equalization, which collects and administers California taxes.

“Julie Olsen is a committed leader who brings great expertise and dedication to the education field. Through her private sector experience and public service as a volunteer in local public schools and nonprofit organizations mentoring youth and teaching financial fitness, Julie has a track record of improving the lives of our state’s youth. Julie has my full support and will be a strong addition to the Saugus Union School District School Board,” Yee stated.

 “I am honored to have the support of Controller Yee, who is an incredible leader for our state,” said Olsen. “Like Controller Yee, I plan to be a strong steward of the hard-earned tax dollars of the Saugus Union School District taxpayers. We need to make smart and responsible investments to ensure every student has the very best, equitable education possible across all school sites. I’m grateful for Controller Yee’s confidence in me to hit the ground running on the very first day.”

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Julie Olsen has over 24 years of experience in the learning and development field and is a senior leader for a “Big 4” firm’s industry award-winning Learning & Development division.  She is a dedicated community leader and a volunteer with many local and national nonprofit organizations, and an active parent leader in the Saugus Union School District. She lives in Valencia with her husband Robert, and their son, a third grader in the district.


Monday, September 12, 2016 8:17 PM

Former William S.Hart Union High School District Trustee, Gloria Mercado-Fortine Endorses Julie Olsen for Saugus School Board



 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2016

Contact:          julie@olsenforsaugus.com  661-495-1342
Website:         www.olsenforsaugus.com            
Facebook:       www.facebook.com/julieolsenforsaugus


Former William S. Hart Union High School District Trustee, Gloria Mercado-Fortine endorses Julie Olsen for Saugus Union School District Board, Trustee Area 3

(Santa Clarita, CA) – Education consultant and former William S. Hart Union High School District Trustee of sixteen years, Gloria Mercado-Fortine has announced her endorsement of Julie Olsen for Saugus Union School Board, Trustee Area 3.  Prior to serving as a Hart Trustee, Gloria also served on the Castaic Union School District Board of Trustees.

"I'm proud to support Julie Olsen for Saugus School Board in Trustee Area 3. Julie is a very positive, open-minded professional who has a knack for bringing people of different views together to find and build upon common ground as a problem solver”, Gloria stated.

Gloria continued: “I’ve spent many years serving on local school boards and know what it takes to be successful and Julie has what it takes. She is a learning professional and very active volunteer in our schools and in the community where she's demonstrated her unwavering commitment and follow-through to make Saugus’ great schools even better for all students.”

Olsen stated, “I am honored to have Gloria’s vote of confidence - she has served our local schools and our community with distinction for many years. I’m grateful Gloria sees in me the kind of dedication, expertise, and follow-through it takes to be a successful trustee.  Gloria and all who put their trust in me can be assured I will keep working hard to help make our great schools even better for all Saugus students.”

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About Julie Olsen
Julie Olsen has over 24 years of experience in the learning and development industry and is a senior leader for a “Big 4” firm’s industry award-winning Learning & Development division.  She is a dedicated community leader and a volunteer with many local and national nonprofit organizations, and an active parent leader in the Saugus Union School District. She lives in Valencia with her husband Robert, and their son, a third grader in the district.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016 12:00 AM

Letter to the Editor: Former Saugus Head Teacher Endorses Julie Olsen for Saugus School Board

Cheryl Cameron, former Head Teacher at Tesoro de Valle Elementary School in the Saugus Union School District wrote a letter to the editor at The Signal, outlining why Julie Olsen is the clear choice for the Saugus Union School District's Board.

Ms.Cameron, a Kennedy Center Arts-trained educator, left the Saugus district in June for a promotion to Assistant Principal with another district. 


Sunday, August 21, 2016 11:24 PM

Statewide Education Leader David Pollock Endorses Julie Olsen for Saugus School Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2016

Contact: John Casselberry, Jr. (805) 432-5916

Statewide Education Leader David Pollock endorses Julie Olsen for Saugus School Board

Santa Clarita, CA) – David Pollock, Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Moorpark and former California School Boards Association President has announced his endorsement of Julie Olsen for Saugus Union School Board, Trustee Area 3.  

"I absolutely endorse Julie Olsen for Saugus Union School District’s Board. Julie’s extensive knowledge of public education policy and challenges, as well as her leadership experience in both the Saugus district and in the private sector, make her the best choice for the job,” Pollock stated.  “Her involvement and follow-through as a School Site Council President, PTA leader, and member of the District’s Citizen Oversight Committee means she’ll be effective from day one.”

Olsen stated, “I am honored to receive David Pollock’s endorsement. I have such respect and appreciation for David’s many years of service and support of public education as a long-time school board member and past president of the California School Boards Association. David knows what it takes to successfully lead in our complex education system and I appreciate his vote of confidence in me.”

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Julie Olsen is a 24-year learning and development professional and senior leader for a “Big 4” firm’s national award-winning Learning & Development division.  She is a dedicated community volunteer with many local and national nonprofit organizations, and active parent leader in the Saugus Union School District. Julie lives in Valencia with her husband Robert, and their son, a third grader in the district. To learn more, visit www.olsenforsaugus.com.


Saturday, August 13, 2016 4:00 PM

Santa Clarita City Councilmember and Former Mayor Marsha McLean Endorses Julie Olsen

“I am proud to know Julie Olsen and support Julie for a position on the Saugus School Board, Trustee Area 3.   Through working with Julie on several nonprofit fundraising events, I find Julie to be intelligent, enthusiastic, extremely caring and knowledgeable.  Julie has an ability to bring people together from different backgrounds and viewpoints and would be an excellent addition to the Saugus School Board,” McLean stated.

“I am honored that Marsha offered her endorsement of my campaign,” Olsen said in a statement.  “She’s been a strong, committed leader and we share a love for community service so I’m grateful she sees in me the qualities and experience needed to be an effective school board trustee.”


Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:00 AM

Three Seats on Ballot for Saugus Union School District (KHTS Hometown Station)


Tuesday, April 19, 2016 9:24 AM

Julie Olsen Announces Plans to Run for Saugus Union School District Board (KHTS Hometown Station)


Monday, April 18, 2016 5:38 PM

Olsen to Run for Saugus School Board (Signal)


Tuesday, November 17, 2015 10:00 PM

Saugus District Adopts By-Trustee Area Map

The District's Governing Board voted unanimously to adopt the "Blue" map, one of the four proposed maps that were reviewed by the Board and the public.  

The map and demographics can be viewed on the District's website.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015 1:20 PM

Julie Olsen Calls for End to Direct Instruction Mandate

Julie Olsen addressed the SUSD Governing Board at the November 3rd meeting regarding concerns about the District's requirement that teachers exclusively use direct instruction when introducing new concepts to students.  

According to Olsen, mandating a single method contradicts the state’s standards on the teaching profession and most widely leveraged learning theories in academic and corporate settings.  

The mandate "negatively impacts our students who need differentiated instruction to reach the many different learning styles of our children.  They won’t be fully prepared for junior high school if they can’t engage in the widely accepted and research-based methods used by the Hart district. Investigative methods are proven successful and are well aligned with the new state standards [Common Core].  That’s why they’ve been embraced by every other school district in the valley and throughout the state", she stated.

Olsen's full statement is available, here at the 31:00 mark.


Thursday, September 24, 2015 7:08 PM

Saugus Presents Proposed Trustee Area Maps for Public Input

The Saugus Union School District has published a series of proposed by-trustee area map options for public review and input during a series of public presentations.  

http://scvnews.com/2015/09/24/saugus-school-board-preparing-to-share-voting-district-map/

 


Tuesday, July 7, 2015 11:00 PM

Saugus District Cancelled 2015 Election

The Saugus Union School district's Governing Board voted to cancel the November 2015 election and request approval from the County to move the election to November 2016. The change would allow the district to complete the transition to by-trustee areas and even year elections to come into compliance with the California Voting Rights Act of 2001. 


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