Fluor's political endeavors began nine years ago at Kaiser, where she
was working as an instructional aide.
Her children had attended Kaiser since the family moved to Newport
Beach in 1983, right after the school's reopening.
As a concerned mother, Fluor had chosen a neighborhood for its good
school: Mariners Elementary. But after one trip to Kaiser's office, she
"They told me this is the place you want to be," she said.
Fluor was so enamored with the school that in 1987, after teaching
special education in the Orange Unified School District for years, she
took a position at Kaiser, teaching English as a second language.
"I think it is one of the things I am most proud of," she said. "About
90% of the students I worked with have graduated high school, and many
are in college now."
A year after she started working in the Newport-Mesa Unified School
District, discussions about opening Kaiser Primary began. By that time,
Fluor was entrenched in district politics, working to get the school
The following year, when the Mesa Consolidated Water District wanted
to build a reservoir on school property at Kaiser Elementary, she jumped
in with both feet to fight the project.
Next thing she knew, she was running for a seat on the school board --
and then quitting her job.
"The minute I was elected, I resigned," she said.
Although she misses working with children, Fluor said she feels she
can do more good for them from her present position -- sitting on the
"I miss not having the opportunity to interact with children on a
daily basis, but I think globally I can serve students and parents better
sitting on the school board," she said.
Now, after nine years on the board, she once again finds herself drawn
While intent on retaining her seat on the Newport-Mesa school board in
the upcoming election, Fluor has accepted a consulting job at a school in