Jee Manghani

About Jee Manghani
About Jee Manghani

About Jee Manghani

Jee Manghani grew up in San Diego and attended UCSD, attaining a degree in Computer Science.  He has worked in the software engineering field, and is currently running a software company, and has founded a medical diagnostic company, which would commercialize a patented low-cost medical and agricultural diagnostic.

He and his family moved to Rancho Santa Fe in 2010, primarily for its excellent school district and for the special charm of the Covenant. He has two children, one currently attending Roger Rowe Elementary and the other starting in the next school year.

He is also a member of a value-investment partnership, based in San Diego.

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Why I Am Running

I explain most of my positions in the video above.  However, for those who prefer reading, I cover most of it below, as well.

I am running for the RSF School Board to reconnect the Board back to the Community.  Recent events, resulting in this Special Election, have shown that the voters of the school district feel that the Board is out of step with the Community’s wishes and desires.

As a member of the Board, I will seek out peoples’ thoughts and solicit their input.  When a concerned parent or community member makes an effort to take time out of their day, 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.

Every August, I will put on the Board Agenda a public disclosure of each Board member’s intent to serve out the next 12 months of service.  This will serve to put them, and myself, on record as not intending to resign after the election cut-off date.  This will serve to enhance our transparency and commitment to the children and the community.

As the founder of several startups, I have the experience to clearly define goals and to seek stakeholder input, before moving forward with any plans that the Board may have.

Of first importance to me, is improving our curriculum and preparing the kids for STEM fields.  I have already begun discussing a potential class on 3D printing for the students, and have volunteered to be on a committee to explore a pilot program for this.

I also firmly believe in learning from other districts outside of our own.  Insular thinking is never good, and I believe that I can learn something from any one, especially school districts that have had stellar results with their curriculum.

I also aim to provide fiscal leadership to the school district.  I want to look at the current budget and prioritize within that.  I have always been against raising taxes to solve our problems with our residents’ money. 

The current master plan has several plans for the gym, which includes plans for 2 and 3 regulation-size basketball courts, which would cost between $19-24M and require a bond effort (in comparison, the rest of the school cost $35M to build).  Just to modernize the existing gym, which would trigger modern day building codes, will cost at least $12M.  Around 55% of the Community opposes such a move, and the bond would require a 55% Yes vote. 
The goal of a new gym for an elementary and middle school has not been clearly defined.  Recently, with a 4 to 1 vote, the Board voted on exploring a 2018 bond effort for this new gym.  In fact, putting a bond measure on the November, 2018 ballot would cost our district up to $300,000.  Until the Community can understand how such a facility will improve the education of the children, I believe it is ill-advised to continue on this course.
I, however, do believe the current gym needs to be safe for the children and to fit aesthetically with the rest of the school.  The children’s safety is paramount, and the existing building needs renovations to ensure it is safe for their use.  The safety review has shown that only around $320,000 is needed to bring the roof and fire system back to up good condition.  With another $600k – 900k over the next 20 years, the gym has a useful life until some of our children’s children attend.  Let’s maximize its life, and only consider a new gym further down the road.  Without a bond effort, we can fix what needs to be fixed and then move on from the gym issue.

 

I will ensure that our children continue to have the best teachers and staff, while being fiscally responsible with our tax dollars.

Building relationships with the voters and listening to their concerns is a key part of achieving these goals. Let’s have the Board and community work together to improve our school!

The Issues

Fiscal responsibility

Fiscal responsibility

Continue the fiscally responsible oversight of the school district. We will work within our existing budget, first and foremost.  Since I represent the community, I would only support any new bond measures if there was great community support for them.

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

Technological Leadership

Technological Leadership

Continually research and implement new technologies into the educational system.  Let’s be the technological flagship for the county.

El Fuego Lot

El Fuego Lot

Support paving of the El Fuego dirt parking lot.

Protect Residential Roads

Protect Residential Roads

Oppose any plans that require re-routing of traffic onto the quiet residential roads, which is against the spirit and lifestyle of the Covenant.