MPUSD Governance Team » Ms. Wendy Root Askew

Ms. Wendy Root Askew

Board Trustee, Area 1
Term of Office: December 2016 - November 2020

Contact Information:
Phone: (831) 601-8285

First and foremost I am a mother to an adorable four-year-old, wife to a local architect, daughter to a career parent educator and retired Army Colonel, and granddaughter to a beautiful career Army Wife. I earn a living working part-time for the County of Monterey as a political aide advising District 4 County Supervisor Jane Parker on health and human services issues.

After spending my childhood as an Army brat, my parents settled in Monterey to be close to my grandparents. I graduated from Monte Vista Elementary School in Monterey, and later from Pacific Grove High School. I earned a BS in Business Administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and ultimately decided to return to Monterey to be close to family. In 2002, my husband and I purchased our home in Marina and began volunteering in the community.

In 2005 I was appointed to the Superintendent's Facilities Task Force where a diverse group of district stakeholders collaboratively developed a Facilities Master Plan with focus on rebuilding trust between the public and District leadership necessary to pass future facilities bonds. In 2007 I was selected to represent the City of Marina on a Joint Use Facilities Advisory Committee to monitor the progress of planned development in the city and implement a Joint Use MOU for improved youth development and sports facilities in Marina. In 2010 I was a signatory and steering committee member of the Measure P campaign which successfully passed a $110 million School Bond to improve our aging District facilities.

The new Local Control and Accountability Plan gives School Boards an unprecedented opportunity to make investments where they will have the most significant impacts. I am committed to decision making that relies on data and best practices for student learning and making financial decisions that have the highest return on our investments.

I believe that:
- Safe successful schools are fundamental to the success of our local economy.
Safe successful schools attract growing businesses and quality employees. Our community is actively recruiting new businesses to move their operations to Marina, and the quality of our schools is a significant factor. We need to continue expanding our excellent innovative programs while addressing the inequities that exist for students who have barriers to participating in those programs. Students who graduate from our schools become our local workforce and we need smart capable innovative thinkers to fill positions that will be created as our aging workforce retires at increasing rates.

- Successful students start with supported parents.
Maternal education is one of the most significant indicators of a child’s future success and yet nearly 20% of mothers over the age of 25 who give birth on the Peninsula do not have a high school diploma or equivalent. Another significant indicator of a child’s future success is having a parent who reads, sings or tells a story together every day. Only 50% of future MPUSD students have this simple advantage. Parents will always be their child’s most influential teacher and we must consider how to better support and educate parents before their children enter school.

- Elected officials have a sacred duty to represent the voices of their constituents.
Not all constituents are able to attend or comment at Board meetings, nor are all parents able to serve on the PTA, or volunteer in their child’s classroom. Many constituents may not even have children enrolled in the district, but they all deserve to be heard and represented by their elected Board member. It is the responsibility of the Board member to make decisions that have the greatest positive impact on the greatest number of constituents.