Elect Duane Dishno

Huntington Beach Union High School District
Governing Board Member


I have been a community resident and actively involved in education for more than 40 years as a teacher and administrator.  I am married with two children who attended our local schools.  My wife taught for many years in the Westminster Elementary School District.  I have served as Superintendent of elementary, high school, and unified school districts, and Kids have always been my number one priority.  I have a real passion and interest in ensuring they thrive and become creative, responsible critical thinkers prepared for college, career, and global citizenship.  I consider myself a fiscal conservative and will always keep our students' needs paramount in my decision-making.


I am the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for professional and community service and  served on the Huntington Beach Centennial Celebration Committee, the Pier Plaza Grand Opening Committee and the Infrastructure Advisory Committee, as well as the City School District's Bond Oversight Committee and on the Board of Directors of several local organizations. 


I served as President of the local American Heart Association  and Vice President of the Promoting Resources in Drug Education Foundation which sponsors "Red Ribbon Week" and "Every 15 Minutes."   I was a founding member of the Mayor's Task Force on Children's Needs, served on the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee, was a United Ways Schools Division Chairman, served as President of the Huntington Beach Education Foundation, and as President of the Association for Retarded Citizens.  I have been honored by PTA, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and was presented with the Southern Counties Women in Educational Management Hall of Fame Award.


I was elected to the Governing Board in 2012, and re-elected in 2016.  During my tenure as a Trustee the Huntington Beach Union High School District has:


  •  maintained a strong fiscal position and never reduced the student year, never eliminated programs, and never made salary reductions in order to balance the budget.


  •  increased the number of graduates meeting all UC/CSU entrance requirements, increased graduation rates, exceeding county and state averages, increased enrollments in advanced placement classes, and expanded the number of Career Technical Education classes and pathways.


  •  reduced the community's tax bill by almost $38 million by restructuring the 2004 bond measure.

  •  contracted for installation of solar at all school sites with anticipated net savings to taxpayers of $39.4 million over the next three decades.


  •  received visits at six of our schools by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) who evaluated the instructional and support systems - -  in each case highlighting student access and equity and praising the commitment to professional development.

  •   maintained the community's high school campuses in excellent condition with attention to student and employee safety and security systems.

  • implemented a "Dual Enrollment Program" in collaboration with our community colleges enabling students to receive college credit for classes taken while in high school and to potentially graduate from high school with an A.A. Degree.

  •  continued technological upgrades making available a multitude of opportunities for students pursuing academic success and embedding the effective use of technology in all curricular areas to enhance student learning.