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No candidates for PAUSD board

Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Aug 16, 2009

Can't find the online version, but according to the print version on Friday, there are no candidates other than the incumbents for November election. Therefore Dana Tom and Barb Mitchell are automatically in for another term.

This cannot be a good omen for PAUSD. It is a shame that there are not interested parties standing for election.

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 17, 2009 at 4:14 am

The recession may be a factor. Campaigns are hideously expensive.

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Posted by SteveU
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 17, 2009 at 8:53 am

SteveU is a registered user.

Campaigns are cheap if there is no Incumbent or opposition. Maybe fighting the Palo Alto Process (tm) is just getting to the people that could make a change for the better.

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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 17, 2009 at 9:21 am

Its not that surprising that there are no new candidates - being on the School Board in PAUSD is a tough, pretty thankless job. I believe our school board spends many more hours working then most other school districts.

I like both Barb and Dana and are glad they plan on continuing in their roles.

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Posted by WilliamR
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Aug 17, 2009 at 9:58 am

So what happened to all of the people who were filling up this forum a few months ago complaining about the Everyday Math selection and calling for School Board members to be replaced?

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 17, 2009 at 10:22 am

WilliamR: You're so right. So many people complain but few every step up with a solution or volunteer to their time to positively contribute as a board member, etc.

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Posted by Hmm
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 17, 2009 at 11:26 pm


Just because people comment here doesn't mean they are representative of the community. After blanketing the community with flyers, only 600 people signed an on-line petition. Most people trust the district to make a good math curricular choice.

Being a board member is a huge job. We are lucky to have Dana and Barb serving.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Aug 19, 2009 at 11:37 am

This place is very funny!!! When comes to School/Library bond measures, tons of topics/comments from every corner of the world.. Now with the release of the 2009 star test result for more than a day, not even a single word said about it.. Make me Wonder..

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 19, 2009 at 9:00 pm

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