Improving Student Learning for 50 Years!

In addition to two terms on our school board, I bring over 40 years of experience as a teacher and administrator.

Collaboration and Responsibility

LBUSD Jordan Initiative Launch

The superintendent, board and community members at the launch of the Jordan High School Initiative

I’ve worked collaboratively to support Superintendent Chris Steinhauser and his team during a tough financial crisis. Our teamwork and the commitment of teachers, principals, staff and parents contributed to the steady improvement of student test scores!

In July, I was elected President of the Board. Our board works well together. In a second term we’ll continue to collaborate to improve student learning.

Record of Accomplishments

McGinnis and Sen. Lowenthal and County of Los Angeles librarians

With then State Senator Lowenthal and L.A. county librarians

As Dean of the Library and Learning Resource Center at Cerritos College, I hired, supervised and evaluated faculty and support staff, managed large budgets, and promoted reading and educational technology to benefit students of diverse and rich cultures.

I won millions of dollars in state funds to rebuild the library and over $300,000 in a capital campaign to purchase an online information system. With the unanimous support of the Faculty Senate, College Budget Committee and College Board of Trustees we were allocated a $200,000 annual book budget, one of the largest of any college in the state.

Recognitions and Awards

John McGinnis with Syd Davidson, founding NHHS Superintendent

With Syd Davidson, the founding NHHS principal & superintendent, prior to the PTA award ceremony

At Newport Harbor High School, after teaching English for 12 years, I became school librarian. In 1985, the Parent Teachers Association presented their Annual Service Award to me. In 1986, my school library won the John Cotton Dana International Library Award from the American Library Association. Given annually to approximately 15 libraries out of more than a hundred public, university and school libraries that apply, Newport Harbor was the only school library to win in 1986.

Statewide Leadership

McGinnis with State Superintendent Delaine Eastin

With State Superintendent Delaine Eastin

McGinnis with State Superintendent Jack O'Connell, CDE & CSLA Staff

With State Superintendent Jack O’Connell, CDE & CSLA Staff

In 2002, I was elected president of the California Academic and Research Library Association (CARL) whose membership includes UC’s, CSU’s, California Community Colleges and independent universities and colleges. In 1994, I was elected president of the California School Library Association (CSLA). I was also elected to the state boards of the Council of Chief Librarians-California Community Colleges, and the Learning Resources Association-California Community Colleges.

I was appointed to the State Policy Board of the California Reading and Literature Project (1994-97). I also served as the Governor’s appointee to the State Board of the Education Council on Technology in Learning (1996-98), which oversaw Digital High School Grants and other technology funds.

Service to the Community

OC Grand Jury; McGinnis front row second from right

1980-81 Grand Jury

While on leave from Newport-Mesa USD (1980-81), I served on the Orange County Grand Jury, where I chaired the General Services Committee. I authored two major reports. The first was on the county supervisors’ acquisition of a new computerized vote counting system. The second was on the county’s plan to expand John Wayne Airport.

Paul, Dianne, John and Michelle McGinnis

Paul, Dianne, John and Michelle

Commitment to Lifelong Learning

I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English (1967) and Master of Arts in Communication Arts (1972) from Loyola University, Los Angeles (now Loyola Marymount University), and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Southern California (1981). I’ve been married to Dianne for over 45 years. We have two children, Michelle and Paul, who attended public schools from kindergarten through the University of California, Los Angeles.