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Next School Board Election

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

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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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