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PTA Dad, City Engineer and Soccer Coach seeks to represent North Long Beach
Uduak Ntuk, a native of North Long Beach, is a parent, technical professional and community leader running for Long Beach Unified School District seat 1. A father of two daughters in LBUSD schools, he wants to keep Long Beach Schools great, improve academic outcomes for all students and create more job opportunities for both students and local residents, he said.
“I am running because I believe in a high quality public education for all students,” said Ntuk.
“I believe it's time for a new generation of leadership that embraces the Uptown Renaissance community empowerment model of representation, increases parent engagement through a Parent University, and understands the technical skills needed to prepare our kids for the high quality jobs of tomorrow.”
Ntuk has raised $17,000 for his campaign. His priorities he said, will include ushering in a new era of transparency and accountability on the budget, creating a Parent University to increase student achievement and increasing the number of girls going into STEM careers.
“Most discussions on the budget occur in closed session behind closed doors without public debate,” Ntuk explained about wanting budget transparency.
“The community deserves more public debate and shared decision making in the school district budget process.”
About Parent University he said, “The goal of a Parent University is to educate, equip, and partner with our students and their support systems by offering a wide variety of relevant and effective programs and resources that will make a positive impact on the individual and the community. Delivered on campus, in the community and online, these series of workshops will empower parents to better support their children in their academic achievement.”
Of his girls in STEM proposal, Ntuk said he aims to further President Obama’s goal of having double the number of engineers in the United States by 2020.
“President Obama has said that we need to double the number of engineers in the US by 2020. I will help LBUSD play its part in achieving that goal by having a laser like focus on increasing the number of girls who participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs and career technical education courses. I believe we can start preparing our students for the high paying 21st century jobs by having robotics teams at all age levels.”
Ntuk is a petroleum engineering associate for the city of Long Beach. As a father he has volunteered hundreds of hours on behalf of LBUSD students as a field trip chaperon, PTA Officer, Principal for a Day, Career Day Speaker, served as a representative on the Superintendent’s Parent Forum, and has advocated on behalf of students at the LBUSD School Board Meetings.