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Next School Board Election

Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 1, 2011

In the light of the fact that we have had some very diversive decisions made by our current PAUSD BoE, we must look at some facts and then start thinking about the future of who we want on our BoE next time.

Firstly, politicians are famously watching out for themselves and future prospects rather than doing "what they think is best". Not saying that our BoE are budding politicians, but if they are then we have to be careful of this.

Secondly, school calendar was not an electioneering issue last time there was an election. If we remember correctly, there were no candidates for the last election so the status quo remained by default. The previous election was a close fought race and there was a close call for the last seat. We have also had the fiasco with boundaries, reopening of Garland, MI and Everyday Math as well as the recent contentious calendar debate.

The BoE have also extended their present careers by switching election years. Otherwise, we would be having an election this year and I feel sure that the present Board members are pleased to have this extension because otherwise the calendar (among other things) would be very hot topic issues.

All this means that this particular BoE is not as democratically representative as some are trying to make us believe.

No candidates give us no choice and ultimately more of the same. I sincerely trust that there are some wise individuals who are pondering their abilities to stand next time.

Roll on the next election.

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Posted by JSD
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 1, 2011 at 11:06 am

Do you mean "divisive"? Is there such a thing as a non-divisive issue in PAUSD these days?

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton
on Jun 1, 2011 at 11:25 am

How about some candidates who represent the majority of the taxpayers - those without children in PAUSD?

Or is that divisive?

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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Whether or not you agree with our school board's decisions, they are a hard working group. It is a thankless job, I'm surprised we get people to run at all.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 2, 2011 at 11:17 am

Thanks for your comments.

Yes, I did mean divisive, not diversive - spell check disadvantages but perhaps this was a Freudien slip.

I do not want to undermine the individuals on our present BoE. They are doing a thankless task to the best of their ability and I appreciate their time and efforts.

However, I think we would all agree that having no candidates and no changes in the BoE for several years is not optimum. Of course, all big decisions are going to generate mixed opinions, and we can't get away from that.

However, the whole purpose of a democratically elected BoE is that they should reflect the views of those they represent. In changing times with changing views, it is important that we have a chance to change our BoE regularly. After all, our parent group change each year with new kindergartners and their families entering and seniors and their families leaving as graduates. The new families are only learning some of the issues in the first few elementary years and the graduating families are soon out of touch with school issues.

Our school board members are not professional educators but have the experience of being parents and volunteers within our schools. They are enthusiastic in their roles but since some of the judgments they have made were never discussed before they were elected, then how can they be acting on the behalf of those that voted for them.

It is therefore very important that we can find some candidates who are prepared to be elected on some of the important issues that the schools face today. Being able to ask these candidates where they stand beforehand is necessary. I sincerely hope that as the next school year progresses, we will find a group of individuals willing to stand for election. If the retiring board members wish to stand again, that is fine. But not having a choice next time round is problematic.

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Posted by Say yes
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm

So, "Resident" you are running???

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Wish I could, but unfortunately I am unable to show any kind of useful experience, expertese, education or skills other than being a parent which would make me sound worthy, at least on paper!

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