Joan Laursen, president of the Pleasanton PTA Council, announced Tuesday that she will seek election to the Pleasanton school board in November.
Two seats are opening this year on the board with the current four-year terms of board members Pat Kernan and Jim Ott expiring. Ott earlier announced that he will not seek re-election, but Kernan has yet to say if he plans to run for another four-year term of office. He is the longest serving school board member.
Laursen has long been active in local school programs and fund-raising campaigns. She headed last year's effort to gain voter approval of a parcel tax and also spearheaded community fund-raising campaigns.
"We are a team -- teachers, administrators, staff and parents-- who have all worked very hard together to build an excellent school district," Laursen said. "I feel compelled during these difficult times to continue my service to Pleasanton's students and families by running for school board."
"I believe I can make a real contribution utilizing my extensive knowledge of school finance and educational issues and by utilizing my many years of experience at all levels, whether in parent groups or on school site councils, to continue to improve educational opportunities for all of our children."
School board members serve four-year terms with elections every two years on a 3-2 alternating basis for the five member board. Besides Kernan and Ott, current members are Valerie Arkin, Chris Grant and Jamie Hintzke.
The school district has no term limits for its elected board members.