Mr. Joseph Ayala is retiring from the Rialto Unified School District (RUSD) Board of Education after 12 years of service to the community. Ayala credits former Congressman Joe Baca, Sr. for inspiring him to embark on this public service journey shortly before his retirement from Baldwin Park Unified where he taught for 34 years.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve, and confident
the school board will continue to move Rialto in the right direction,” Ayala
remarked. “I’m not leaving under bad terms or ill will, I wanted to make sure
that I had that opportunity that things went smooth so that when I left I would
feel good about myself and everything I did for the community.”
According to Ayala, who began his tenure in 2008, the board’s
most important decision is to find a competent superintendent that is compatible
with the community.
“Our goal was to help these children and to find ways to
advance them and move them in the right direction, and you have to have a
leader and that’s the superintendent,” Ayala indicated. “So that was the most
important decision, and maybe responsibility that we have as a board member.”
RUSD Superintendent Dr. Cuauhtémoc Avila, hired in 2015,
expressed his appreciation of Ayala’s service.
“It has been a pleasure serving under Mr. Ayala’s
leadership as a member of the board of education. He has been the
consummate professional,” Avila reflected. “And his advocacy for students, staff members,
and parents has been nothing short of remarkable. His storytelling as a means
to convey special messages will be foundational to his legacy. “
Mr. Joseph W. Martinez, Clerk of the Board, Rialto Unified
School District, elected the same year, shared that Ayala referred to him as a “brother
from another mother.“
“With Joe Ayala, the Board was always able to work
for the good of the Rialto Unified School District. I will miss you my brother,”
Martinez remarked. “What better legacy can one want
than for it to be said, ‘Mr. Ayala is leaving Rialto a better place than he
Ayala underscored the importance of striking a balance
between serving three fundamental entities – students, staff and parents.
“Over the years I found it important that we had balance; balance
comes by understanding the students’ needs, understanding the staff’s needs, and
the parents’ (needs),” Ayala noted. “School districts that listen to those
three entities will succeed.”
In Ayala’s opinion Rialto has achieved that balance, evident
in the diversity of the board.
“We all have different styles in how we govern, and knowing
that we have competent board members made it a lot easier to leave,” he said. “We
were more than fair with all three – the kids, the parents and the staff – we
didn’t ignore any of them, we treated them all fair and I feel real good about
RUSD Board member Mr. Edgar Montes noted that Ayala’s legacy
and contributions to the community will endure.
“Mr. Ayala has been instrumental in helping our
district get through some of our most challenging times, the entire school district
and community will be forever grateful to him. We thank and salute him for his
12 years of service to the parents and students of the 5 municipalities RUSD
encompasses…” expressed Montes. “We thank him for his loyal support to our
teachers, classified employees, and superintendent. His name will live on in
our school district, engraved on multiple brass metal plaques hung on new and
remodeled buildings, stadiums, performing arts centers, parent centers, and
much, much more.”
What will Ayala miss the most when he retires from the Board
“I will miss the staff, I will miss the parents who supported me, and I will miss the smiling faces of the children, without a doubt.”
Ayala’s last school board meeting will occur on Wednesday, Dec. 16, after which he looks forward to travelling with wife Bobbi and spending more time with his family.