GLENDALE—The Armenian National Committee of America – Glendale on Friday endorsed Greg Krikorian, Dr. Armina Gharpetian, and Jennifer Freemon for 3 seats on the Glendale Unified School District Governing Board. The ANCA-Glendale urged voters to elect them on April 2.
The ANCA-Glendale endorsed Krikorian, Gharpetian, and Freemon after evaluating the candidates’ responses to a written questionnaire, answers provided at the Feb. 20 ANCA-Glendale Candidate Forum and record on issues of concern to the ANCA-Glendale. Seven candidates are seeking election to the 3 seats designated for election on April 2.
The ANCA-Glendale wants to ensure that students who attend the Glendale Unified School District not only receive an excellent education but also have a better appreciation for culture and human rights. Maintaining a low class size and increasing the number of Armenian language courses in middle schools and high schools were mentioned as important priorities to the ANCA-Glendale.
The ANCA-Glendale also has encouraged improving instruction regarding human rights and the genocide curriculum. The ANCA-Glendale has urged the GUSD to designate April 24 as a non-instructional day so that students and their parents can properly show their respect to the memory of victims of Genocide and human rights violations.
“We are confident that Greg Krikorian, Dr. Armina Gharpetian, and Jennifer Freemon will provide a healthy and diverse approach to setting priorities and policies for the Glendale Unified School District ,” stated ANCA-Glendale Chairman Berdj Karapetian.
More than 35 percent of the students enrolled in the Glendale Unified School District are of Armenian descent and an extremely large percentage of these students have parents whose primary language is Armenian.
“I am proud and honored to receive the support of the ANCA-Glendale. As I run for re-election, I am reminded of the need to advocate for all the diverse students in our district in order to prepare them for the future,” remarked Greg Krikorian who is one of the 3 incumbents running for re-election.
Dr. Armina Gharpetian was pleased to learn of the endorsement and stated, “I am truly honored and humbled to receive the endorsement of ANCA-Glendale and the overwhelming encouragement of its members. As an Armenian-American, I feel very fortunate and privileged to receive the support of the largest Armenian-American grass-
root and advocacy organization, which cares a great deal about our education and our children.”
“I greatly value the work and community contributions of the ANCA -Glendale. I look forward to a long term partnership to engage and support all of our GUSD parents and students. Together we will ensure that our Armenian students and families are nurtured and helped on the path to college success.”, added Jennifer Freemon upon learning of the endorsement.
ANCA-Glendale advocates for the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the city’s Armenian American community and promotes increased civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.