- Eastlake High School, Otay Ranch High School and Olympian High School ranked in the top 9% nationally – U.S. News and World Report during Jim Cartmill’s service as Sweetwater Union High School District President in 2013.
- Jim Cartmill supports a four-year university near Olympic Training Center and will work with the community and legislators to make it happen.
- Jim Cartmill believes in local education control – opposes Federal Common Core Curriculum mandates.
- Eastlake Middle School and Rancho Del Rey Middle School were both named California Distinguished Schools under Jim Cartmill’s leadership.
- Support Visual & Performing Arts and Sports – Jim Cartmill has been recognized by the South Bay Alliance for Arts Education for working to keep the arts in our schools.
- Jim Cartmill was a winning coach in the Sweetwater Union High School District coaching All-American and Nationally-Ranked Athletes. He knows the importance of athletics in our schools to motivate students to succeed.
Financial Accountability – Protecting Taxpayer Dollars
- Jim Cartmill stopped Mello Roos Tax Increases as President of the Sweetwater School Board in 2013
- The Sweetwater District received recognition for school bond transparency in 2013.
- Jim Cartmill stopped the practice of Bond Fund Borrowing for district expenses during his term as President of the school board last year.
- Jim Cartmill supports a Forensic Audit of school district finances to increase transparency.
- Jim Cartmill knows what it means to meet a payroll and was named Small Business Owner of the Year by the California Small Business Association.
- Safe Schools – Jim Cartmill developed partnership with Chula Vista Police to provide sworn police officers at Eastlake High, Olympian High, Otay Ranch High, Rancho Del Rey Middle and Eastlake Middle to increase student and staff safety.
- Jim Cartmill opposes “open enrollment” that is causing overcrowding at Eastlake High School, Olympian High School and Otay Ranch High School as well as Eastlake Middle School and Rancho Del Rey Middle School.
- Jim Cartmill opposes elimination of bus routes that jeopardize student safety.
During his tenure on the Sweetwater School Board, Jim’s leadership and commitment to youth have produced the following accomplishments:
- Compact for Success – Established and founded under Jim’s leadership, the Compact for Success is the first program in the nation to guarantee admission and tuition to college for students who meet the requirements. This has led to a 76% increase in the number of Sweetwater graduates admitted to San Diego State University. This past year the Compact was given an Innovation Award by the College Board and honored by the National Journal as the Innovative K-12 Program of the Year.
- Distinguished Schools and Golden Bells – The Sweetwater District has 24 California Distinguished Schools in the past two decades – more than any high school district in the state and 25 Golden Bells recognizing educational excellence.
- Fine Arts, Athletics and Alternative Education – The product of 8 divorces growing up in the South Bay, Jim has been instrumental in expanding fine arts, athletics and alternative education opportunities to meet the needs of all students and increase student engagement.
- Student Health and Well-Being – Jim led the effort to implement physical education standards to fight childhood obesity.
- Education Summit – Annual community event that attracts over 1,000 people to collaboratively discuss and develop goals and priorities for the school district.
- School Leadership Teams – Implemented School Leadership teams in each school site to maximize student achievement.
- Teaching Standards – First district in the state of California to have performance indicators and benchmarks written into a union-ratified teacher contract.
- Community Service Initiative Initiative – Successfully passed a community service graduation requirement for students – one of the first in the nation to be implemented.
- International Partnerships – Developed educational partnerships with China, Europe and Mexico.
- Fiscal Stewardship – Has balanced over $2 Billion in budgets during his tenure on the school board.
As President of the Sweetwater District for the past two years, Jim led the district in the following areas:
- He personally spearheaded the most comprehensive campaign finance reform in the 90+ years history of the Sweetwater District by enlisting the help of community members who originally went the District Attorney with concerns.
- In his role as President, he also personally stepped in to help successfully negotiate 3-year agreements with all 7 of the district’s bargaining units when negotiations were stalled.
In Addition, the district has continued to maximize student achievement under Jim’s leadership for the past two years resulting in:
- All twelve of Sweetwater’s comprehensive high schools were named Silver Medal winners in 2013 by the U.S. News & World Report, placing them among the top nine percent of schools in the nation in the annual ranking of schools.
- In 2014, Seven District schools named in the US News and World Report as medal winners, six with silver medals (top 12% of Schools in the nation), and one with a gold medal (top 3% of Schools in the nation)
- In the 2013-2014 school year, every 7th and 8th grade student in the Sweetwater District was assigned an iPad tablet computer as their primary learning tool allowing students to take tests, do homework and communicate with their teachers.
- Implemented a district-wide communication system for teachers and parents to monitor student academic progress and assignments via the Internet.
- A higher graduation rate than the state and county averages
- Three District schools named California Distinguished Schools in 2013
- Granger Junior High was named a Gold Medalist and among the best urban middle schools in the nation receiving the Excellence in Urban Education Award. National City Middle won this award in 2012 by the National Center for Urban School Transformation.
- 11 District schools exceeded the 800-point target on the API scores
- Eight District graduates received Gates Millennium Scholarships in 2013
- San Ysidro High School was named one of 10 “Breakthrough Schools” in the nation by the National Association of Secondary School Principals for their academic achievements.
- Sweetwater schools dominated the San Diego County Academic Decathlon competition, sweeping first through fourth places
- Numerous Robotics championships
- National and statewide visual and performing arts awards