“This is my community. As a retired Hacienda La Puente Unified School District employee and two term board member, I am running for our local school board to provide equal educational opportunities for all students, provide oversight on all bond projects and decisions on school facilities, and ensure a safe school environment for all students and employees.”
Rudy has dedicated his life to the Hacienda La Puente USD. He was born and raised in La Puente, and is a product of the public school system, graduating from La Puente High School. He worked for HLPUSD as a supervisor in the Maintenance and Operations Departments; and after retirement he served as a school board member for two terms (2005-2013).
During his years as a school board member Rudy was a fierce advocate for students as well as staff. His number one priority was educational equality for all students and fairness for all staff. He ensured that low performing schools received the help they needed and made fiscally responsible decisions.
Rudy resides in the City of La Puente. Both Rudy and his wife value education at all levels and they are committed to promoting educational opportunities for the students in the Hacienda La Puente USD.
A History of Accomplishments
Among his many accomplishments as a school board member, Rudy established strong partnerships with business owners and government officials including:
- City of La Puente
- City of Industry
- County Supervisors Don Knabe and Gloria Molina
- Pacific Palms Resort
- Rio Hondo and Mt. SAC Community College
These partnerships brought innovative ideas to our school district, such as:
- Bringing Auto-Tech class to Workman High School in partnership with Rio Hondo College.
- The Hacienda Heights Community Center,
- Los Altos H.S. new swimming pool area and refurbish the Wilson HS swimming pool.
- A new park at the Orange Grove M.S. site.
- Raised funds for a new marquee at La Puente HS.
- Create a new girls’ softball field at La Puente HS.
Rudy also monitored the modernization of our schools to make sure tax payers’ dollars were well spent and students got what they needed. He also insisted in the creation of the 7/11 committee to make recommendations on the future of various school sites during a period of declining enrollment.
One of his most outstanding accomplishments has been his ability to maintain an open communication with district staff, parents and students; he achieved this by being visible at school events and available to everyone.
Giving Back to his Community
Rudy’s dedication to the school district did not stop after he left the school board, and in 2013 he started the Rudy Chavarria Scholarship Foundation which gives scholarships to high school seniors in the Hacienda La Puente School District. The foundation has given to date 85 scholarships totaling $96,000. Quite an accomplishment!
The Foundation has also served as the vehicle for Rudy to learn more in depth the needs of the students and their families, and it was this new awareness that motivated him to run again for school board in the November 3rd election.