Candidate

About the Candidate
About the Candidate

About the Candidate

Jee Manghani grew up in San Diego and attended UCSD, attaining a degree in Computer Science.  He has worked in the software engineering field, founded a few startups, and is currently running a software company. He is a 15-year General Partner for the Soledad Investment Partnership, which focuses on value investments in the vein of Warren Buffett and Benjamin Graham.

He and his family bought a home and moved to Rancho Santa Fe in 2010, for its excellent school district and the special rural charm of the Covenant. He has two children, both currently attending Roger Rowe Elementary.

He and his family are members of the RSF Education Foundation’s Scholar’s Circle.  He has served as a coach for a few years for the RSF Attack Soccer League.  He has consistently volunteered for school events and field trips and frequently seen on school grounds.

 

Issues

Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Be close to the community and respond to feedback

Finding Common Ground

Finding Common Ground

Hear all viewpoints across the spectrum and find common ground

Balance the Budget

Balance the Budget

Fiscal responsibility to bring about a balanced budget.

Oppose new bond measures

Oppose new bond measures

We are all taxed enough already.

Faculty

Faculty

Continue the tradition of employing the best school staff

Improve the Curriculum

Improve the Curriculum

Continually work towards improving the curriculum.

Why Run?

Why I Am Running

I am running for the RSF School Board to bring the community together and find common ground, so that together, we can resolve the issues facing our school district.

Finding Common Ground

In my years of managing teams where opinions range a wide gamut, I have been able to distill out a set of principles to form a common ground that most people can agree on. I will bring my experience of measured leadership to the Board, so that it will have a a solid working relationship. I have heard from many people that they want a cohesive Board so that the difficult issues facing the district can be resolved.

It is to this end, that I will bring an openness of mind and foster trust between all stakeholders: Students, Parents, School Board, Faculty, Education Foundation, and the Community at large.

Responsiveness

I believe in being responsive to the Community. I will seek out peoples’ thoughts and solicit their input through individual discussions and surveys.  When a concerned parent or community member makes an effort to come to a Board meeting and make a public comment, I think it’s important for me to have a conversation with that person to ensure that their concerns are heard.  Public officials are elected to serve the community and to hear and consider all voices, even those that they may not agree with.

Balancing the Budget

One point of common ground, among the residents in the Roger Rowe District, is to have a balanced budget. As a General Partner of a Value Investing group for the last 15 years, I have vast experience in reading balance sheets and income and cash flow statements. I would use this experience, along with my experience in running a software business, to balance the district’s budget.

Currently, we are in a deficit situation that needs to be resolved. I have always been against raising taxes to solve our problems with our residents’ money. So we must solve this issue immediately and make sure we have accurate budget projections for the next 5 to 10 years. In my opinion, we should be be running surpluses so that we can have reserves to draw upon for the next economic recession. The District needs ample reserves to have flexibility in the future for our children.

Before approving any spending, I would ask the Superintendent and Finance Director for the full budget and make sure that the district can afford it. This means looking at the budget at every meeting, and comparing previous projections with actual numbers and then reviewing forecasts. This is what every family does over the kitchen table, and the School Board should be no different.

Enhancing the Curriculum

Another point of common ground is enhancing the quality of our academics. Improving our curriculum and preparing the kids for STEM fields is important to me.  Last November, I met with the former Superintendent to discuss instituting more STEM programs, including 3D printing and Computer Science. I was pleased to hear the initiation of a Computer Science program for the younger grades for this year.

Only once we achieve a budget surplus, I will push for measured and careful investments in programs that will continue to prepare the students for the ever quickly technological landscape. The balanced budget always comes first.

School Safety

Most agree that school safety is paramount in making sure our children are safe. This starts with helping the children to “know each other” and to include one another, so that no child feels like an outcast for any reason. School assemblies, guest speakers, and practice exercises can embolden children to work towards this end. Also, safety is enhanced by the faculty working with the sheriff and RSF Patrol to ensure proper protocols are in place for emergency situations. The Board has already been working with several parents on these items, and I will continue that work, if elected to the Board.

Building relationships with the voters and listening to their concerns is a key part of achieving these goals. I believe Roger Rowe needs to be the shining school in San Diego County that attracts new parents to our area, and this is the end I will labor towards!

Endorsements

Endorsements

Nick Dieterich

Nick Dieterich

“After listening and speaking with four school board candidates, I believe JEE MANGHANI would best serve our Roger Rowe School. Very informed—SOLID! Solution oriented. 5-star.”

Media

Media

Budget Deficits across the State

Budget Deficits across the State

It is important we choose the Board Members wisely to handle this issue correctly.  Budget Deficit Article

RSF Post by Jee Manghani

RSF Post by Jee Manghani

Video of RSF School Board Candidate Forum

Video of RSF School Board Candidate Forum

RSF Post by Jane Van Praag

RSF Post by Jane Van Praag