When her son, Jamaurion, entered Jordan High School as a freshman last year, Carshé Chess wanted to help increase parent involvement in school programs. Soon the former teacher and school counselor started to bring other parents to meetings and inform them about volunteer opportunities.
By improving communications channels among teachers, school administration and parents, Chess quickly became a key link at Jordan. She was recently given the title of commissioner of hospitality to acknowledge her role in making the campus a more welcoming place for visitors.
Now the Board of Education has appointed Chess to the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (COC), which is composed of community volunteers who review and report on school bond expenditures.
Chess represents parents throughout the school district. She also has two younger children: Spencer, 3, and Amare, 5, a kindergartner at Willard Elementary School.
The COC consists of seven members, each of whom represents a constituency, such as taxpayers or senior citizens, or the community-at-large. The committee was created by law when the Measure K bond measure passed in 2008, and its role was expanded to cover Measure E, which was approved by voters in 2016.
As a new member, Chess will serve a maximum of two three-year terms. The COC meets at least four times each year to review financial reports and construction progress of bond projects.
“It’s important to me to be involved in our schools. I am passionate about offering the best educational opportunities to my children and all the children of the Long Beach district,” she said. “As a stay-at-home mom, I have the opportunity to delve deeper into the educational process to benefit my community through the COC.”
As a Long Beach native, Chess graduated from Jordan High School, Grant Elementary and Hill Middle School. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology at San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in counseling at National University.
Chess was employed as a counselor for special education students at Dominguez High School in Compton and as an autism spectrum therapist in Culver City. She was also a counselor at Grant Elementary in Long Beach and taught English in a middle school in Zhejiang province, China.
The North Long Beach resident is married to Webster Chess.