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   Dennis taking the oath of office 2003               Dennis volunteering at Dysinger School in 1991

Dennis Salts is a community member who contributes, volunteers, and supports education in many ways.  Dennis is past Board President of Centralia School District.  He endorsed the Centralia Modernization program and bond issue. The Governing Board and District Staff managed the Modernization program.  The project was completed in all nine schools in a timely manner and within budget, unlike some of the other school districts in the state.

Mr. Salts is a community advocate working for Centralia’s students.  During his time on the board, he has worked to insure that our School District remains financially sound at a time of declining enrollment and reduced revenues.

The number one priority in Centralia School District is the students.  Our ascending test scores show that students are achieving their goals.  The combined efforts of school site and district staffs, certificated, classified, and management personnel are making it happen.

A very important contributing factor to our improving scores is the support we receive from the district parents.  Our school district could not be as successful without their support.  The community can be proud of these outstanding results.

Trustee Salts believes that this community support will continue to be essential to maintain quality schools for our children.  We can help our students be their best by joining together in the effort.  To do our best requires Parents, Teachers, Classified Support Staff, Management, and the Board of Trustees to work with Community members and organizations: the PTA, Library, Scouts, Rotary Club, City Parks & Recreation, Boys & Girls Club, Lions, Women’s Club, Chamber of Commerce, Soroptimists, Kiwanis, American Legion, Giving Children Hope and others.


Reading at Danbrook in 4th grade Class

Mr. Salts is Board President of the Buena Park Library Board of Trustees.  He and his family are ardent supporters of the library.   His focus at the library is the Children’s Reading program.  The Buena Park Reads Initiative is a fine example of the Library’s outreach to the community, and this program includes activities for children, teens and adults.  Dennis and his fellow Rotarians donated thousands of books over the years to local schools and the library.

Dennis volunteers in the classroom, modeling good citizenship and responsibility. Currently, the Rotary Club of Buena Park, the Acacia Quilting Guild, the Women’s Club and local hospitals have implemented a literacy intervention program for new mothers called the Baby Book Bags project.

As a long-time supporter of both Boy- and Girl Scouts programs, Dennis and his wife Christiane have both received the “Cliff Dochterman International Distinguished Service to Scouting Award.  Mr. Salts was awarded Exploring Advisor of the Year by the OC Boy Scouts 2007-08.  Anaheim High School District honored Dennis and his wife Christiane with the Friends of Education Award.  In 2008, Dennis was named Citizen of the Year by Cypress College at their Americana Awards.

 Planting a tree                           Volunteering in a classroom                      Playing Santa

Dennis has volunteered to be Santa Clause for needy children in our community.  He is Past Assistant Governor of Rotary International District 5320 and a Paul Harris Fellow.  Dennis served as Director of Rotary New Generations (Youth programs) for all of Orange County & South LA County.  Rotary International sponsors many Youth projects in the community each year, enabling young people to get involved in our community and make a positive difference.

Dennis is a past trustee of the Centralia Education Foundation and Buena Park Chamber of Commerce, a Life Member of the BP Historical Society, supporting member of the Huntington Library and the Fullerton Arboretum.  He is a firm believer that Art and Music have value in public education.   He has resided within the Centralia District’s boundaries for nearly 40 years.   His two daughters were both educated in Centralia schools.   He retired after more than 40 years in the grocery business and enjoys working with a wide variety of people.   He and his wife, a retired elementary school teacher, have successfully mentored hundreds of individuals throughout their careers and involvement in the community.  Dennis was selected District 5320′s “Business Rotarian of the Year” in 2007 by Chapman University Business School.

Trustee Salts is a student of International Cultures and Business.  He and his wife enjoy traveling the world and getting to know people from different backgrounds.  Dennis believes it is important to understand other cultures and religions.

Dennis completed the California School Board Associations Master in Governance program, a comprehensive leadership course for Board members.  Dennis Salts is a graduate of CSUF, an Army Veteran, and a lifetime learner.  “Never give up.  That is my motto,” said Salts.   “I attribute much of what I have achieved to helping motivate others to be the best they can be.”

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