Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - September 24, 2010

Letters: Vote for Piderit

Dear Editor,

I am supporting Sandy Piderit for Pleasanton School Board this November. Sandy has been involved in our schools and is a dedicated and knowledgeable volunteer. A parent of a young child in our schools, she has degrees in mathematics and business and is a college professor of graduate business studies. She would be an asset in helping us through our difficult financial environment.

I have come to know Sandy as an articulate, hard-working individual of high integrity who is ready to work hard for our children and is willing to ask the right questions in order to make the best decisions. She is a person who will encourage community input and will seek out those with differing opinions in order to understand all viewpoints on a particular matter. I am confident that Sandy would make an effective school board member who puts kids first. I encourage you to join me in voting for Sandy Piderit for Pleasanton School Board.

Valerie Arkin, Trustee, Pleasanton Unified School District

Comments

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 24, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I agree that Sandy would be a great school board member, and she has my vote. I do not know her, but I have seen her posts in the town square forum, and she sounds smart and knowledgeable about the issues.


Posted by Just asking, a resident of Avignon
on Sep 24, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Why is a board member endorsing Sandi, so she can have an ally to vote her way?


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 24, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

I would think that Arkin's letter was clear in answering that question:

"I have come to know Sandy as an articulate, hard-working individual of high integrity who is ready to work hard for our children and is willing to ask the right questions in order to make the best decisions. She is a person who will encourage community input and will seek out those with differing opinions in order to understand all viewpoints on a particular matter."


Posted by Arroyo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 24, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Met her - liked her - seems to have a grasp on local issues like the parcel tax. She's got my vote.


Posted by Me too, a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Sep 24, 2010 at 8:43 pm

I think she did an excellent job in the candidate forum. She's got my vote too.


Posted by Ann Martin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 27, 2010 at 8:52 am

Sandy has my vote too.


Posted by A parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 27, 2010 at 11:45 am

I know Sandy and she also has my vote. She is very interesting to see in action. Sandy takes her time processing any information presented to her and responds intelligently and articulately. I have never seen her respond to anything emotionally, everything is matter of fact and well thought out.

Unfortunatley, I don't know much about Joan Larsen except for what I've read in the PW. She is my 2nd vote, and I'll take the time to read up on what she brings to the school district table.

Jeff Bowser will NOT have my vote!


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 27, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Altough the teachers' union did not endorse Sandy P., she has my vote. I voted for Arkin even though she was not endorsed by the teachers' union, and it has proved to be a good choice.

Sandy P: Please campaign hard, because with the teachers' union endorsement, the other two may have an advantage (or disadvantage - depends on who you talk to)

Good luck, and Sandy, you have my vote as well as my spouse's vote.


Posted by Jon-e, a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Sep 28, 2010 at 2:31 pm

This is a real question - what does the school board do? I know they approve budgets and expenditures, but do they form the budget or are part of the process or is it just at the end they either accept or reject it? What else do they do as far as being able to make real changes in the schools? Thank you.


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