Rich Alderson is the newest member of the board, though he’s not new to the district. He was elected in 2012. Before that, he served as principal at Rancho Buena Vista from 1999 to 2006. He retired in 2008 after nearly 40 years in education. Since then, he has worked as an advocate for families with children with special needs. He currently serves as clerk of the board.
He has lived in southern Vista for the last 14 years and represents Trustee Area 5, the southern portion of the district. His son graduated from Rancho Buena Vista and he has two grandchildren enrolled in district schools.
“I have a real interest in what happens with them and with the Vista Unified School District,” he said.
His priorities as a trustee are to ensure that the programs being used are helping all students excel and that the district is spending money conservatively.