2024 LAUSD ELECTIONS

LAUSD Candidate Andreas Farmakalidis on Governance

If elected to the School Board for the country’s second-largest School District how would he approach policy making and implementation?

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
6 min readDec 2, 2023

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“the effectiveness of managing a large bureaucracy isn’t solely determined by its size but by the leadership, organizational structures, policies, and practices in place.”

– BD3 Candidate Andreas Farmakalidis

Andreas Farmakalidis is the first of the potential LAUSD candidates to participate in all three editions of my ongoing Candidate Forum series. In past months he has answered questions about PROP-39 Co-Locations and Special Education. This month Farmakalidis was asked five questions about how the District is governed. For the introduction to this subject along with answers from other candidates, please see the article LAUSD Candidate Forum: Governance.

The following are the candidate’s responses, printed exactly how he provided them with the exception of some minor formatting edits:

  • Would you agree with the statement: “The elected LAUSD Board is responsible for setting policy. The job of the Superintendent is to ensure that the bureaucracy follows this policy.”? YES

The LAUSD Board of Education, comprised of elected members, acts as the policymaking body for the district. They deliberate, decide, and set the direction for the district’s educational strategies, goals, and resource allocations. This can include decisions on budget priorities, curriculum changes, school policies, and initiatives aimed at improving student outcomes and educational equity.

In contrast, the superintendent serves as the district’s top executive, responsible for translating the board’s policies into actionable plans and initiatives. They oversee the day-to-day operations, manage district personnel, allocate resources, and ensure that the schools and administrative offices effectively execute the established policies and directives. The superintendent often collaborates with various…

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Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com