Jim Zito is Endorsed by the San Jose Mercury News:

Zito’s experience as an eight-year veteran on the board and a former member of the San Jose Planning Commission is invaluable. A retired biotech engineer, he has spent the last two years as a middle school math teacher, giving him first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced by today’s educators.

Zito instituted two board committees, the Facilities Joint Use and Land Use committees, to engage the board and community in the difficult issue of how to deal with continued projections of declining enrollment. The committees offer a smart way of exploring how to generate substantial and sustainable revenue for the district while also providing the best education for students.

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School Safety

Accomplishments:

  • Stricter Campus Gun Policy
  • More Mental Health Counselors
  • Enhanced School Safety Plans
  • Walk & Roll Partnerships

Priorities:

  • Enhance School Site Security
  • Enhance Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Classroom & School Upgrades
  • Better Parent Communication
  • Increase Crossing Guards

Student Services

Accomplishments:

  • Keeping All Schools OPEN!
  • Maintained 5-day Libraries
  • New STEM Classrooms
  • Opened LSI & Bulldog Tech

Priorities:

  • Equitable Services for Special Needs Students
  • Dual Immersion Programs
  • More Classroom Technology
  • More STEAM Class Offerings

Staff Support

Accomplishments:

  • Fair Salary Increases
  • Lower Health Insurance Costs
  • Additional Classroom Funding
  • Additional PD Opportunities

Priorities:

  • Keep All Class Sizes SMALL
  • Stop Teacher Layoffs
  • More Teacher STEAM Training
  • FULL Classroom Funding
  • Competitive Compensation

Sustainable Finances

Accomplishments

  • Created Land Use Committee
  • Created Joint Use Committee
  • Inventoried ALL District Sites
  • Instituted SISC for Health Ins.

Priorities:

  • Attract and Retain Students
  • Sustainable, Balanced Budget
  • Eliminate Deficit Spending
  • Accurate Financial Forecasts
  • Approve Joint-Use Agreements

Thank you for trusting me as an Evergreen Elementary School District (EESD) board member since 2010. My priorities remain EESD’s fiscal health, accountability, and expanding equitable student programs and services. EESD is challenged by escalating pension costs, expenses and reduced student enrollment. We are a leading school district, but should concentrate more resources on providing innovative ways to attract and retain students. After 30 years in tech and a Masters degree, I now teach 8th grade math. I understand the importance of smaller class sizes, expanded student programs and classroom support for teachers.

Under my leadership as Board president, instead of closing schools we developed creative District-wide strategies to increase revenue. My experience benefits EESD through collaboration and informed leadership, focused on fiscal stability & increased academic excellence. I’ve been active in Evergreen over 30 years: Two term SJ Planning Commissioner; numerous Boards and Commissions; St. Francis of Assisi’s parish council; EESD volunteer. I’ve received distinguished community service awards from two former District 8 council members.

Jim Zito

Jim Zito, Trustee

Between his past experience in the high tech industry to his time on the San Jose City planning commission, Evergreen School District board member Jim Zito is no stranger to complicated problems. Committed to making the Evergreen community the best it can be, Zito has worked hard to bring transparency, equity, and new ideas to the school district.

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