AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But Anderson said his legal experience helps the board in its decision-making. “The superintendent and others have said that more than once my insights have been very helpful because we have thorny legal issues to deal with once in a while,” he said. Baird said legal experience isn’t that meaningful, but he also brings business experience to the board. “I’ve got my finger on the pocket book,” he said. “I know from experience how you get the best bang for your dollar. It’s through long-term planning.” Morales points to his experience as an educator. WHITTIER — Are there too many lawyers on the Whittier Union High School District’s school board? Challenger Brian Beelner believes so and is basing his campaign for one of three open board seats on the fact that two attorneys on the board is too many. The two attorneys, Leighton Anderson and Jeff Baird, are incumbents. Educator Alex Morales is the third incumbent seeking re-election; all three are seeking third terms. “I’m a licensed certified public accountant,” Beelner said. “I’m running against two attorneys (Anderson and Baird). The three incumbents don’t have the financial expertise I have. I don’t think an attorney or an educator (Morales) has the experience that I have.” “I have served on a K-8 school district board. I’ve served on a community college board. I teach at a university. And I work with schools throughout the state and even in the country,” Morales said. All three incumbents also point to the 454-point gain in the district’s Academic Performance Index scores. It was the largest gain among all Los Angeles County students. “We have turned the corner, as far as the state and federal mandates for high-stakes tests,” Morales said. But Beelner said the test scores still weren’t good enough. “Seven percent of our students are proficient in geometry,” he said. “The state average is 22 percent. That doesn’t show the level of proficiency I would like to see in our school district.” Mike Sprague can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!