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McVarish and Burke Run as Team for Culver School Board


Culver City parent leaders Scott McVarish and Anne Burke have declared their candidacy for the November 3 school board election in Culver City.

They are the first to announce for the two open seats.

Incumbents Laura Chardiet and Nancy Goldberg have both decided not to seek reelection

“Creating great schools is a team effort. We currently have a leadership team in this district that is working very well together and making significant improvements to our schools. Scott and I have a great working relationship with these leaders and hope to serve with them on the Board,” said candidate Burke.

“There is nothing more important to us than the experience students have in their schools and the education and opportunities provided to them by the district. We have deep, personal connections to how our district educates students. As parent leaders in this district for most of this decade, we are in our schools on a daily basis and see their successes and challenges” McVarish and Burke stated in a joint media release.

“We are ready to work together with our excellent school board colleagues and administrative staff and our hard-working and dedicated teachers to keep focusing on the only question that matters to us: what is best for our district’s kids?” stated candidate McVarish.

Outgoing School Board member Chardiet, Chair of the McVarish-Burke campaign, states: “We support McVarish and Burke because we know they will work well with our current district and school leadership; they greatly respect our teachers; and they will continue to inspire our parents.”

McVarish is a Parent and Teacher Advocate whose sole focus is on what is best for kids. He is co-founder of the United Parents of Culver City, a long-time youth volleyball coach and a volunteer at El Marino who loves to read to the students, especially his daughter who is one year away from Culver City Middle School. He is also an advocate and attorney for teachers and other employees as well as immigrant parents and children.

Burke is a Parent Leader in the district having served as the PTA President of El Marino Language School and on the Council PTA for the entire district. She was a key leader in both the passage of the District Facilities Bond and the formation of the United Parents of Culver City. She has a daughter in 2nd grade and a son one year away from Culver City Middle School.

The kickoff for the McVarish-Burke joint campaign will be held on August 9, 3 pm at Mike Cohen’s house. The candidates will host a campaign party on September 13th at 1 pm at Lindbergh Park.


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