Chris Ochs


Ochs FamilyMy wife, Heather, and I grew up on the same street in San Jose and attended the same High School. We started dating in 1996 and married in 2004. In 2008 we came up to Clear Lake State Park to camp with some friends. We enjoyed the area so much that a week later we were up here looking at houses and put in an offer on our house that Sunday. It was quite irresponsible, really. We had an 18 month old, didn’t have jobs up here, didn’t know anyone up here, and hadn’t even put our San Jose house on the market. It is easily the best spontaneous decision we’ve ever made and we couldn’t be happier. We’ve truly found our home in this community.

Both our children started kindergarten at Coyote Valley Elementary.  Our daughter is currently a Sophomore at Middletown High School and our son is a 5th grader at Coyote Valley Elementary School. My wife and I have been involved with the Coyote Valley PTO since 2014 and she is currently the President. I understand the need to keep our teachers and to provide them with what they need. Whether it be planning/attending fundraisers, donating funds or supplies, going to CVE after work for months to build playgrounds, etc., I’ve always done what I can to help. I feel very fortunate to be a part of MUSD and have formed lasting relationships with staff, students, and other parents. Over the years I’ve enjoyed supporting our district and am looking forward to the chance to offer more.

I’ve been asked why I don’t send my kids to Calistoga. The simple answer is, community. It’s worth more than any budget could ever be. Like most of you, I love the sense of community here and just want to get back to that. I am at a point where I am able to give more of my time and want to use it to get our district back on track. With a new superintendent and restrictions significantly reduced, we have an opportunity to bring MUSD back to the excellence it’s known for.

I feel that I bring a unique perspective to the district. I am a school employee at Calistoga Joint Unified, but I’m not a teacher or an administrator. I started in 2013 as a custodian, then a maintenance technician, and now I’m the Director of Facilities, Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation. I understand the other side of public education. The side that makes sure students and teachers have a safe and clean environment to learn and teach in. The side that supports the needs of the district as well as the community. I’m the one that handles our outside use contracts so that community organizations have a place to hold meetings and youth sports has a place to practice and play games. I’m responsible for making sure our special education students have transportation to and from their Non-public schools every day. And that athletics has safe and dependable vans to get to their events and that their fields are lined and prepped for game day.

Additionally, the Calistoga JUSD Business Director and I are running the current Bond Program. Our current funds total $21mil and our board recently approved a resolution to put a $41mil bond on the ballot in November. We have an excellent program and construction management firm as well as grant writers to go after additional state funds. For years I have observed our facilities in disrepair and have felt that we need to do something. I was 100% in favor of putting a bond on the ballot and now it’s time to put that money to use for our students, staff, and community. I believe I can offer knowledgeable and sound guidance to help our district move this forward.