Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - January 1, 2010

Letter: Kernan not an automatic president if re-elected

Dear Editor,

Thanks for the coverage about the school board's selection of president. One point, however, that you might want to amend: you may not want to predict that Pat will automatically become president in 2011 if he is re-elected. This is because he has served as president in prior years.

Although Pat would be a good president, the clerk role is a way for newer board members to gain leadership experience before becoming president, just like Chris Grant did. (By the way, Chris was on the school board almost two years before becoming president. Valerie has served just one year.)

Our board has traditionally been good about rotating the president position to newer board members, which is why I had hoped Valerie would become clerk. But even though she didn't accept that role (and though I can't guarantee the future), I think the board will select someone who has not served as president in December 2010.

Jim Ott (PUSD board member)

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