Two members of the Pleasanton school board have just completed the California School Boards Association (CSBA) Masters in Governance program.
Valerie Arkin and Jamie Yee Hintzke have completed the two-year certificate program that educates members about the roles and responsibilities of school boards.
To receive the Masters in Governance certificate, candidates must complete 60 hours of training on a variety of topics, including the role of the governance team in setting the district's direction, student learning and achievement, school finance and facilities, human resources, policy and judicial review, collective bargaining and community relations.
"As a school board member in Pleasanton, I am striving to maintain our excellent education system despite the challenging budget cuts from the state," said Arkin. "The knowledge gained from this training will enable me to govern effectively in order to make the best possible decisions for our children's education."
Hintzke said the education she received through the masters program will help her see the bigger picture.
"School Board Members are vital to the stewardship of our public education system," she said. "The Masters in Governance program has given me more information, skills and knowledge to govern effectively. I am entrusted by the community and must keep an eagle eye on policy, the budget and all 14,930 PUSD students."
Valerie Arkin and Jamie Yee Hintzke were first elected to the board in November of 2008 and both are long-time advocates for children and
Arkin has been an active community volunteer and serves on the Pleasanton Library Commission and Hintzke has held various local PTA leadership roles. Since 2007 she has also served on the Board of Managers of the California State PTA as a member of the Health Commission and as chairwoman of the Resolutions Committee.
"We appreciate the experience and knowledge of our trustees and their willingness to participate and model lifelong learning in order to ensure that students in the Pleasanton Unified School District are offered the highest quality of education," said Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi.