Meet TVUSD board candidate ‘Robert’ Mark Katan

Mark Katan is a candidate for the Temecula Valley Unified School District board. Valley News/Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – Mark Katan, candidate for governing board member at the Temecula Valley Unified School District, said he is passionate about education and that is what led him to make the decision to run for a seat on the board.

Katan said he has spent the last 30 years in Temecula participating with TVUSD in as many ways as he could to be involved in the education process.

“When I was the manager of Target, we sponsored Temecula Elementary School, attending monthly assemblies, passing out awards, judging Reflections, cooking spaghetti dinners for families and being Principal of the Day each year,” Katan said. “I was then asked to be a TVUSD “Partner in Education,” where I visited school sites to meet with staff, attend student performances, observe in classrooms, attend diversity training with teachers, participate in interviews for district leadership and assist with the Measure Y campaign.

“During this time I was awarded the PTA National Lifetime Achievement Award. I was asked to work with a budget review group to look into saving opportunities for the district,” he said.

Katan joined the Temecula Sister Cities Organization, working with groups of student exchanges between Vorburg, Holland, and Nakayama, Japan, creating educational, governmental, police, fire and business interactions.

As a traffic safety commissioner selected by the Temecula City Council, Katan was appointed as liaison for the TVUSD transportation department. He was also appointed by former Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone to a position on the Work Force Development Board.

“In 2008 the TVUSD superintendent asked me to join the Temecula Foundation for Excellence in Education, now known as Temecula Education Foundation,” Katan said. “Originally, I was a member, then a board member and now am currently executive director of TEF.

“We raise funds for teachers and students in support of music, arts, sciences and performing arts. We have delivered $255,000 in the last 10 years to TVUSD. Our board also supports Dollars for Scholars, Student of the Month and hosted “Taste of Temecula” for the last nine years. For the last 10 years, we have offered accelerated summer school for Temecula area high school scholars,” he said.

Katan is also interested in Temecula’s city government and spends Tuesday evenings at either school board or city council meetings, having attended hundreds of both.

“I learn something at each and every meeting and see that there needs to be a better connection between these organizations, to deliver the best our community has to offer to each and every student,” Katan said.

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