Pleasanton school board members Valerie Arkin and Jamie Yee Hintzke have filed for re-election to the board in the Nov. 6 election and a third member, Chris Grant, is expected to follow.
Grant, whose four-year term also expires this year, said Tuesday that he plans to file for re-election. No other candidates have indicated an interest in seeking a seat on the board. There are no term limits for school board members.
Valerie Arkin's re-election bid was reported by Dave Macdonald, Alameda County Registrar of Voters, although there is no candidate statement on file nor has Arkin issued a re-election statement.
The school board faces continued tough budget decisions in the coming year as state grapples with deficits that have severely affected California school districts, including Pleasanton's.
In her announcement seeking re-election, Hintzke, who served as clerk of the school board from 2010-2011, said that she has pushed for greater district transparency, tight financial control and accountability, greater public involvement in district decisions, advocating for reading intervention programs and improved methods to better serve the needs of all students.
In addition, during her current term, she had a major role in hiring a new school superintendent.
Hintzke said her priorities are "to ensure that students reach their full potential, strengthen communication and school/parent partnerships, continue to ask the hard questions about fiscal accountability and push for answers and transparency, and to ensure that PUSD employees work in a supportive and collaborative environment."
"The parents and students of Pleasanton deserve trustees who have a deep understanding of our schools and the challenges facing them," she added. "I believe this is my greatest strength as a candidate."
"At a time when our schools are threatened by the state's fiscal crisis, the community needs a trustee with experience and a thorough understanding of public education," she said. "I have served for the past four years with a strong record of involvement and will continue to ensure the best possible education for our students. Building public trust by continuing to advocate for transparency and improved communication is a priority."
A Pleasanton resident for nearly 40 years, Hintzke attended Pleasanton public schools and has two children currently enrolled in the district. From 2009-2012 she served on the Alameda County School Boards Association as the vice president of education.
For the last two years, she also has been a trustee on the Tri Valley ROP Board and is currently that board's president. In 2012, she completed the Masters in Governance training program developed by the California School Boards Association.
Prior to taking office in 2008, she was active in the Parent Teachers Association at Alisal Elementary and Harvest Park Middle schools as well as the Pleasanton PTA Council. Hintzke served on several PUSD Committees including the Excellence Committee, the Budget Advisory Committee, and the Lifetime Planning Committee. Since 2007, she has served on the California State PTA Board of Managers as the Vice Chair of the Health Commission and the Resolutions Committee Chair.
Hintzke is employed by Alameda County as a Community Relations Coordinator, working on a youth center project due to open January 2013.
"It has been an honor to serve the community over the last four years and I look forward to the privilege of serving again to continue to do what the public has elected me to do: focus on our student's learning, policies and keeping an eagle eye on the budget," Hintzke said.
More information on Hintzke's candidacy can be found at www.votejamiePUSD.com.