Schools & Education

District grad seeks seat on Aromas-San Juan Unified School Board

Casey Norton Powers seeks to be first graduate of Anzar High School to win a seat on the district board of trustees.

This article was contributed by community member Wayne Norton.

Aromas native Casey Norton Powers hopes to be the first graduate of Anzar High School to be a member of the Aromas-San Juan Unified School District. Powers is the first candidate to file for the Nov. 6 election to fill two seats on the school board.

Powers, 33, completed her entire pre-college education in ASJUSD schools. She completed kindergarten through 8th grade at Aromas School, then attended Anzar High School and graduated in 2003. Powers said Anzar’s emphasis on developing active citizens gave her the foundation for community service.

“I have experienced the transformative impact of Anzar’s innovative and robust educational program,” Powers said. “I am grateful to the community members who created a school district founded on the principles of inclusion, cultural respect, and authentic learning. Now, it is my turn to serve our community."

Powers is a clinical social worker. She lives in Aromas with her husband, Tim. Tim Powers is a teacher in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District and serves on the San Benito County Parks Commission. They have a three-year-old daughter.

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Twitter: @powers4asjusd



Wayne Norton

Recognized by the State Assembly in 2019 for protecting the environment, Wayne Norton is a two-term elected Aromas Water District director and candidate for San Benito County Supervisor in District 2. A Vietnam veteran and former political reporter, Wayne was the managing editor of the daily Hollister Free Lance. He is an active advocate for quality public education and was a founding staff member of Anzar High School, a California Distinguished School. As a former Ombudsman, Wayne protected the rights of residents in nursing homes and investigated elder abuse. He currently serves as a director on the Seniors Council of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties, and has consistently led and volunteered for a variety of public commissions and community organizations since moving to the area in 1985. Wayne can be contacted at (831) 227-3530,, or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.