Pleasanton school parent and information technology manager Mark Miller is seeking his first year on the Pleasanton Unified school board in the Nov.4 general election.
According to Miller, the recent change of the school calendar opened his eyes to the challenges with the current board, saying that parental input was "almost entirely ignored."
In addition, he is concerned about issues regarding loss of administration and the poor relationship between the district and the community.
"My pledge is to seek a balance of parent, student, and staff needs, to be as transparent as possible, and to work collaboratively with the community and neighboring districts to improve our schools," Miller said.
Although Miller states he is not a politician or an educator, he says he believes he has much to offer the Pleasanton school district, such as his business and analytics backgrounds and experience as a manager and leader.
He added that as a parent of two Foothill High School graduates and a Pleasanton Middle School student, he knows it "takes more than a high GPA and test scores to get into the best colleges." As for the younger grades, reasonable class sizes are a must, he said -- adding that active community support of schools is even more critical.
"If you are happy with status quo, vote for the incumbents," Miller said. "For a fresh perspective and independent thinking, consider giving me your vote."
Miller will be running against incumbents Jeff Bowser and Joan Laursen, and Pleasanton substitute teacher and volunteer Paige Wright in the November election.