Scott Schmerelson knew when he graduated from high school that he wanted to become a teacher. The first member of his family to attend college, he graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in Foreign Language Education and soon began his career as a high school Spanish teacher in Philadelphia. In 1978, he moved to Los Angeles and joined the LAUSD family.

Scott’s commitment and service to the children of LAUSD began with 12 years at Virgil Middle School as a teacher, school counselor and Assistant Principal. He later became an Assistant Principal at Griffith Middle School in East Los Angeles for 5 years and the Principal at Lawrence Middle School in Chatsworth for 5 years. Scott retired as Principal of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Middle School in South Los Angeles after 10 years of leadership that included significantly improving test scores, a deteriorated physical plant, and student, teacher and parent morale.

After almost four decades in the classroom, and school counseling and administration, Scott could not envision a retirement that did not include continuing to advocate for the future of public education in the second largest school district in the United States. In 2014, at the urging of colleagues and community members, Scott decided that he could make a difference for kids and for our neighborhood public schools, which he considers the heart of our communities, by running for School Board.

On July 1, 2015, Scott Mark Schmerelson took the oath of office as the duly elected LA Unified School Board Member representing Board District 3.

Scott has been a proud member of the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles, United Teachers Los Angeles, and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. He also served as the treasurer of the Middle Schools Principals’ Association and is currently the treasurer of the Cuban-American Teachers’ Association. He is a member of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and served a two year term as President of ACSA Region 16. He is was past Executive Director of Region 16 which encompasses the entire Los Angeles Unified School District.


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ACCOMPLISHMENTS & PRIORITIES

Scott M. Schmerelson is currently a member of the LAUSD Board of Education representing Board District 3 in the Northwest and Central San Fernando Valley. Scott is running for re-election.
Before retiring and joining the school Board in 2015, Scott was an educator and administrator for almost four decades. He began his career as a high school Spanish teacher, then served as a middle school counselor, assistant principal, and for many years as a principal. He retired as the Principal of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Middle School in South Los Angeles after 10 years of leadership that included significantly improving test scores, a deteriorated physical plant, and raising student, teacher, and parent morale.

Scott’s priorities and accomplishments include:


Working in conjunction with the City Attorney’s office to protect students and staff by making
sure that families are aware of Safe Gun Storage laws and instituting twice annual drills for
lockdown and evacuation procedures for school sites; and
Proven leadership on environmental justice issues such as committing the District to develop a plan for transitioning to 100% clean, renewable energy, dramatically reducing waste from
LAUSD Food Services, advocacy to close the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, and
reducing our children’s exposure to noise from the Burbank Airport and persistent air pollution
from multiple San Fernando Valley sources.

  • Continuing to lead the fight for fair and adequate funding of our public schools at the same level as other states where per pupil funding is nearly twice as much as California – the 5th largest economy in the world;
  • Encouraging and supporting parent participation by streamlining the process for the use of school facilities for parent organized fundraising and events and by expediting and eliminating the cost of background checks for parent volunteers;
  • Improving the process for parent participation in the IEP process for children with special needs and establishing early screening and intervention for students with dyslexia;
  • Providing a centrally funded library aide for every elementary school library;
  • Working in conjunction with the City Attorney’s office to protect students and staff by making sure that families are aware of Safe Gun Storage laws and instituting twice annual drills for lockdown and evacuation procedures for school sites; and
  • Proven leadership on environmental justice issues such as committing the District to develop a plan for transitioning to 100% clean, renewable energy, dramatically reducing waste from LAUSD Food Services, advocacy to close the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, and reducing our children’s exposure to noise from the Burbank Airport and persistent air pollution from multiple San Fernando Valley sources.

Scott’s policy decisions are based on his frequent and focused schedule of school visits to Board District 3 schools and by the voices and perspectives of his Student Advisory Council that is comprised of representatives from all BD 3 high schools including continuation schools.
But there is still much to do to ensure that all our students are getting the education they deserve.

Scott was an effective educator and school administrator and has been a truly effective School Board Member. Please vote to re-elect Board Member Schmerelson because experience and a proven record of public service matters!

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ENDORSEMENTS

MEDIA

  • Los Angeles Times

LABOR

  • Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
  • United Teachers of Los Angeles
  • Associated Administrators of Los Angeles
  • LA School Police
  • LA School Police Management Association
  • LA/OC Building and Construction Trades
  • IBEW Local 11
  • Teamsters Local 572
  • California School Employees Association (CSEA)
  • SEIU Local 99

NON Labor Organizations

  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley
  • San Fernando Valley Young Democrats
  • North Valley Democratic Club
  • East Area Progressive Democrats
  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • Valley Grassroots for Democracy
  • Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)
  • New Frontiers Democratic Club
  • Parents Supporting Teachers (Padres Apoyando a Maestros)
  • Armenian National Committee of America -WR
  • Sierra Club
  • Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project, Los Angeles County

ELECTED OFFICIALS

  • Superintendent of Instruction Tony Thurmond
  • California Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian
  • City Councilmember Paul Krekorian
  • City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield
  • City Councilmember Paul Koretz
  • City Councilmember Herb Wesson
  • City Attorney Mike Feuer
  • LAUSD Board Member George McKenna
  • LAUSD Board Member Jackie Goldberg
  • LAUSD Board President Richard Vladovic
  • LAUSD Board Member Julie Korenstein (Ret.)
  • LAUSD Board President Steve Zimmer (Ret.)

Community leaders

  • Glenn Bailey, Northridge East Neighborhood Council
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Volunteer for Scott!

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Our campaign office is located at: 21300 Sherman Way #5 Canoga Park CA 91303.  (Open on Jan 9th)

Our phone number is 818-324-8327

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Campaign info

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