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SRVUSD Board President Greg Marvel launches campaign for sixth term

Education admin veteran says he brings stability, experience to district during time of crisis

Greg Marvel, current president of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education, has confirmed his intent to run for re-election in November, launching a campaign platform centered around experience, fiscal responsibility and stability for the district.

Five-time SRVUSD board member Greg Marvel is officially seeking a sixth term, telling District 2 voters that he offers stability and experience. (Photo courtesy SRVUSD)

After originally considering not running after serving 20 years on the board, Marvel said he was influenced by the particularly challenging time his district is currently facing and decided to seek out one more term -- adding that he believes he could serve as a stabilizing force to help steer the district through the economic downturn and ongoing coronavirus crisis.

"I was going back and forth, back and forth, but I made the decision last week that no this is not the time to bail out. This is the time to help I need to go for one more term to help us transition through these difficult times," Marvel told DanvilleSanRamon.com on Monday.

"In my time on the board, we have transitioned from being a good district to a great district, and we need to continue that effort. I don't believe in resting on our laurels," he added. "We can always do better because our kids deserve better. As good as we think we are, it's never good enough for the kids."

The five-term board member said that tough times lie ahead, with declining enrollment, a massive budget deficit on the state level and ongoing pandemic all presenting unique challenges that his lengthy experience is best equipped to handle.

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"I think we've made great strides in where we were when I got on the board in 2000 and where we are today. I think we are recognized as one of the best districts in California; we have to maintain that in this COVID crisis. We also have to pivot to deal with the fact that for the first time in district history we are no longer growing, we are declining in enrollment," Marvel said.

"We dealt effectively with the Great Recession: We didn't lay anybody off, we weren't cutting back on major programs, we ended up financially at the end with good reserves (when) most districts had to lay off large percentages of their staff. We never had to do that because we managed our money effectively," he added.

First elected to the Board of education in 2000, Marvel has a long history of working in education in a variety of capacities at both the K-12 and higher education levels.

Previously serving as the vice chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College District before his retirement, Marvel also served as the assistant chancellor of the San Mateo County Community College District, personnel director at Garden Grove Unified, as well as as a personnel administrator for Fullerton Schools and Anaheim Union High School District in Orange County.

He was also appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Education to serve as a personnel (civil service) commissioner for county schools there.

Nov. 3 will serve as SRVUSD's first district-based election, since transitioning from the previous method of at-large voting for board members last year. Marvel represents District 2 which primarily encompasses central and eastern Danville.

Also up for grabs is SRVUSD's District 3, which will be left vacant with the announcement that incumbent Mark Jewett will not be seeking re-election.

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SRVUSD Board President Greg Marvel launches campaign for sixth term

Education admin veteran says he brings stability, experience to district during time of crisis

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Tue, Jul 21, 2020, 4:44 pm

Greg Marvel, current president of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education, has confirmed his intent to run for re-election in November, launching a campaign platform centered around experience, fiscal responsibility and stability for the district.

After originally considering not running after serving 20 years on the board, Marvel said he was influenced by the particularly challenging time his district is currently facing and decided to seek out one more term -- adding that he believes he could serve as a stabilizing force to help steer the district through the economic downturn and ongoing coronavirus crisis.

"I was going back and forth, back and forth, but I made the decision last week that no this is not the time to bail out. This is the time to help I need to go for one more term to help us transition through these difficult times," Marvel told DanvilleSanRamon.com on Monday.

"In my time on the board, we have transitioned from being a good district to a great district, and we need to continue that effort. I don't believe in resting on our laurels," he added. "We can always do better because our kids deserve better. As good as we think we are, it's never good enough for the kids."

The five-term board member said that tough times lie ahead, with declining enrollment, a massive budget deficit on the state level and ongoing pandemic all presenting unique challenges that his lengthy experience is best equipped to handle.

"I think we've made great strides in where we were when I got on the board in 2000 and where we are today. I think we are recognized as one of the best districts in California; we have to maintain that in this COVID crisis. We also have to pivot to deal with the fact that for the first time in district history we are no longer growing, we are declining in enrollment," Marvel said.

"We dealt effectively with the Great Recession: We didn't lay anybody off, we weren't cutting back on major programs, we ended up financially at the end with good reserves (when) most districts had to lay off large percentages of their staff. We never had to do that because we managed our money effectively," he added.

First elected to the Board of education in 2000, Marvel has a long history of working in education in a variety of capacities at both the K-12 and higher education levels.

Previously serving as the vice chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College District before his retirement, Marvel also served as the assistant chancellor of the San Mateo County Community College District, personnel director at Garden Grove Unified, as well as as a personnel administrator for Fullerton Schools and Anaheim Union High School District in Orange County.

He was also appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Education to serve as a personnel (civil service) commissioner for county schools there.

Nov. 3 will serve as SRVUSD's first district-based election, since transitioning from the previous method of at-large voting for board members last year. Marvel represents District 2 which primarily encompasses central and eastern Danville.

Also up for grabs is SRVUSD's District 3, which will be left vacant with the announcement that incumbent Mark Jewett will not be seeking re-election.

Comments

SRV Parent
Danville
on Jul 21, 2020 at 10:23 pm
SRV Parent, Danville
on Jul 21, 2020 at 10:23 pm
36 people like this

Greg Marvel, did nothing when Mr Matthews in Nov 2017 said a student was going to drown if they did not reduce the swim class size in PE freshmen swim class. But the comment that Greg said when the Swim Team at SRV High wanted to continue with out life guards was "Not on my watch will a student die". Yet Ben Curry died on his watch and he could have prevented the death by listening to a PE Teacher who had saved the life of his student from drowning. When is accountability going to be placed on board members that have a history of sweeping student abuses under the rug. [removed pending verification] The recent payout of 8 million dollars because of the negligent drowning death of Ben Curry. [removed pending verification] Rogenski is who handles complaints from parents at SRVUSD yet he believes that “concerns are ill-conceived and unfounded.” . Rogenski was the main defender of Aaron Becker’s actions that resulted in the death of Ben Curry the teachers union did not even get involved. So even when a child dies the concerns are “ill-conceived and unfounded”.

All of the above happened on Greg Marvel's watch and he needs to be held accountable and explain to the parents why he allowed it to happen. SRVUSD is being supervised by board members and administrators that believe a cover up of abuses to our children is normal business.


Becky Bhatt
Danville
on Jul 22, 2020 at 8:37 am
Becky Bhatt, Danville
on Jul 22, 2020 at 8:37 am
17 people like this

SRV Parent-I could not agree with you more. You are spot on with concrete reasons why the board needs change. Luckily he is not running unopposed this year. Everyone should give Shelley Clark serious consideration. She is a problem solver and independent. I am so happy to see her running-we need change!


Concern
Danville
on Jul 22, 2020 at 9:04 am
Concern, Danville
on Jul 22, 2020 at 9:04 am
25 people like this

In the middle of a deadly virus there is no way I am voting for a man that sent a letter on SRVUSD letter head condemning vaccination of children. Greg is against vaccination of children. This is a man that does not believe in science and medical facts. The number of dead children around the world without vaccination would be in the millions. How does a man with such a resume believe it is within his job to actually use SRVSD letter head and his title as "SRVUSD Board President" to create such a letter. The result was SRVUSD was labeled as a anti-vaccine district. Some parents within the district actually used Greg's letter to decide not to get their children vaccinated. He is not a professional with such total disregard for the ethics of the office he was elected for.


Gina M Channell, Publisher
Danville
on Jul 22, 2020 at 1:51 pm
Gina M Channell, Publisher, Danville
on Jul 22, 2020 at 1:51 pm
8 people like this

Concern and SRV Parent -- Please contact me for an off-the-record conversation. You can remain anonymous. 925-600-0840 or [email protected]


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