CUSD Governing Board
The Corcoran Unified School District Governing Board consists of a group of elected trustees who work together to create an environment consistent with the district’s mission. The board meets regularly to address school policies, evaluate staff, set educational goals, and ensure our district is managing its finances responsibly.
The school board meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (subject to adjustments due to holidays or special circumstances) in the CUSD boardroom located at 1520 Patterson Ave. We invite members of the community to attend our regular board meetings and participate in board discussions. Stay informed by referring to the upcoming meeting agendas and minutes from our past meetings.
Meet Our Board Members
About Patty Robertson
Local businesswoman Patty Robertson was sworn into office as a member of the board of trustees on September 22. Mrs. Robertson was appointed trustee for area three following a resignation. She grew up in Tulare but has lived in Corcoran for the past 44 years with her husband Jerry Robertson (Corcoran city councilman). Their children, Jeremy and Jennifer, both graduated from Corcoran High School. Her grandchildren have also attended Corcoran schools.
Patty has owned and operated several local businesses, including T-Shirt Express, Corcoran Uniform, and Safety Management Systems. Along with her husband, she has owned Jerry’s Drug (Corcoran, Tulare, and Woodlake stores) and Jerry’s Self Storage. She handles payroll for her businesses, as well as makes day-to-day business decisions.
Mrs. Robertson has been active in several organizations. She currently serves on the board for Corcoran chamber of commerce. She is a member and past president of Corcoran 50-50 club. In addition, she has been on the board for the South Central California Women’s Aglow Area Board, where she held the position of president for five years and for a short time was on the organization’s international board panel of presidents. She was instrumental in establishing Corcoran Community Church where she is a worship leader.
Patty is known to be an outstanding singer and pianist. She loves to cook and spend time at her family’s cabin in the nearby mountains. She also enjoys casual traveling and camping in the desert. Both places fill her need to relax in a peaceful setting.
When asked about her desire to sit on the school board, she stated, “I asked myself what I would have to offer the district as a board member. That would be a ‘clean canvas,’ which the district would help me paint. I would come without much understanding of the workings of the school board, but I would be one that is willing to listen and learn, always striving to make good common sense decisions with the guidance of all. I am interested in children and, in fact, I have a deep love and concern for their future. Being a small part of securing their education, which will ultimately change their lives is an awesome task. If I can be a part of helping to enrich their lives in a positive way. I am a willing volunteer.”
Superintendent Rich Merlo says, “We are very blessed to have Mrs. Patty Robertson as part of our governance team. She is known to be a very well respected and giving member of our community, whose perspective and experience will serve our board and our school district.”
About Sammy J. Ramirez
Trustee Sammy Ramirez is a lifelong resident of Corcoran. Both he and his wife attended local schools, as well as their six children. Their youngest currently attends Corcoran High School. His wife has been a third grade teacher at John C. Fremont Elementary for 29 years.
Mr. Ramirez recently retired from a 28-year career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. During his career with the department he promoted numerous times. His final position was as a special agent with the internal affairs unit.
While his children were growing up, Mr. Ramirez volunteered at their schools. He was also very active with youth sports, coaching basketball and soccer with the YMCA. In addition, he trained youth boxers with the Police Activities League (PAL). Mr. Ramirez is a past president and current vice president of Kings County Latino Peace Officers Association (LPOA). The organization gave numerous scholarships to deserving Corcoran High School graduates. He is also an active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
Mr. Ramirez believes that education is the foundation for a successful future and that all children deserve a hostile free safe learning environment, free education, and to be treated with respect and dignity. It is these beliefs that help him make decisions that will be beneficial for the students of Corcoran Unified School District.
About Bobby Toney
On January 27, 2015, the board of trustees appointed Bobby Toney as the board member for Area 1.
Mr. Toney and his family, including 11 siblings, moved to Corcoran in 1949 when he was eight years old. He attended schools in Corcoran, graduating from CHS in 1959. He attended San Jose City College for a short time prior to enlisting in the Army in 1960. During his years in the Army, he was introduced to telephony. After his discharge from the Army, Mr. Toney returned to Corcoran and started a career in the telephone company.
Mr. Toney and his wife raised their combined brood of eight children in Corcoran with six of them graduating from CHS. Currently, he has a granddaughter at CHS and a few nieces and nephews throughout the district.
During his children’s formative years, Mr. Toney was very active with youth sports in the community, coaching various Babe Ruth, Senior Babe Ruth, and elementary football teams. He was a member of the City Board of Recreation and was a member of the YMCA Organizing Board. He served as president to the Corcoran Social Club, which gave scholarships to low income students. He sat on the Kings County Grand Jury where he chaired the health and human services committee and was on the education committee. He also served as a member of the CUSD committee, under then Superintendent Ken Noonan, that changed the district from neighborhood to graded schools.
Now that Mr. Toney has retired from the telephone company (Verizon, GTE and Contel), he feels it is a perfect time for him to give something back to the school district. He has a great interest in Corcoran schools and feels it is an honor to sit on the school board and to give of his time to the children of the community. Being in the telephone business, he had a chance to see hi-tech telecommunication technologies come to life. He sees the changes in that area and says the community’s children must be ready for those changes to be productive in our world.
During his years as a student, Mr. Toney witnessed the Corcoran School Board and district building new elementary schools and John Muir Middle School. He believes the school board should always be moving forward and not sitting dormant. Mr. Toney looks forward to seeing what transformations will take place during his time on the board.
About Robert Alcorn
Robert Alcorn is a 1966 graduate of Corcoran High School. He received an AA from Visalia’s College of the Sequoias in 1968. Mr. Alcorn graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Pharmacy in 1972.
Robert returned to Corcoran in 1972 where he worked as a pharmacist. He began his career at R&M Drugs and then Jerry’s Drugs, located in the local hospital. He was a pharmacist at Rite Aid in Corcoran where he recently retired.
Also in 1972, Robert married his wife, Chris. The couple raised their three children in Corcoran, all of whom graduated from the local high school. His grandchildren also attended Corcoran schools. He is an active member of the Harvest Community Baptist Church in Corcoran.
Mr. Alcorn appreciates the education he received in Corcoran schools and the opportunities education has given him. He feels that serving on the board is a way to give back to the community and the school district.
In making decisions as a board member, he adheres to the following guiding principles:
- To make decisions that ensure the best education for the children.
- To spend the district’s money responsibly—as if it is his own.
- To study the information and vote for what is right.
About Karen Frey
Karen Frey and her late husband, Darrell, graduated from Corcoran Schools and have been lifelong residents of Corcoran. Her children and grandchildren attended local schools and have graduated from Corcoran High School, with one granddaughter still attending.
Mrs. Frey has been on the local school board for a combined 18 years, serving as board president for seven of those years. For the past six years, Mrs. Frey has served on the Kings County School Board Association representing Corcoran Unified School District, with three of those years as president. She represented Kings County School Boards in the California School Boards Association as a delegate for six years serving on the policy platform committee.
Mrs. Frey has been active in her community and has volunteered in the classrooms in the Corcoran Unified School District schools. She is involved with the Community and Schools Together (CAST) committee, a foundation that assists the district in providing extras for the students and classrooms, such as field trips and rewards. She was Corcoran’s Woman of the Year in 2012 and has served in many community clubs.
Mrs. Frey has been a member of the Church of the Epiphany Corcoran since 1975. She has held many positions on the church board, including eight years as bishop’s warden. She also serves as a pastoral lay Eucharistic minister, a member of the altar guild, lector, and coordinates the music for Sunday services.
Mrs. Frey believes a student can receive a good education from a public school, and that every child deserves the chance to have a good education. She uses these beliefs to assist her in making decisions that will benefit the education of the community’s children.