Bowser, Laursen win seats on Pleasanton school board

Budget issues remain top focus

It was an early victory for two of the three Pleasanton School Board candidates, Jeff Bowser and Joan Laursen, who campaigned together.

The pair took the lead early and never looked back, handily defeating a third candidate, Sandy Piderit.

It was Bower's second attempt at a seat on the board, and he admits there are challenges, despite a state budget that reversed some cuts to schools.

"The situation certainly is better than it was in the last few years," Bowser said, adding he's looking forward to finding out the results of a recent survey on support for a parcel tax.

Laursen, who began her campaign in March, was all smiles as she got the results.

"It's been a long couple of months," she said. "I'm just going in to listen and to learn."

Although Piderit was unsure whether she'd run again, she said, "It was definitely worth running because I got to meet lots of great people and learn what they thought about the schools."

Laursen and Bowser will take their place on the board in December, replacing Jim Ott and Pat Kernan, who opted not to run again.

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Posted by Gary Schwaegerle
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 4, 2010 at 8:17 am

Gary Schwaegerle is a registered user.

Congratulations on Races well run - Gary Schwaegerle

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Posted by Jon Burchett
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Nov 4, 2010 at 8:24 am

Way to go Jeff..... So happy for you!

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Posted by Suzanne
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Nov 4, 2010 at 11:50 am

You are not even sworn into office and are already sound anxious to implement a parcel tax! I'm sure Trevor's going to take you under "his wing" (that would be his LEFT wing) and help you sort through all the fine print on the teachers' contracts so you know how to vote. Yes, that would be the contracts you are NOT suppose to vote on because they are a conflict of interest with your wife being a union rep and teacher. Unfortunately, I'm SURE you'll vote anyway and add your opinions during those board discussions and negotiations.

Why not "blog" right here and now that you won't involve yourself in any discussions, negotiations or voting on matters involving teachers or unions? I know you've said that your wife can't get a raise or promotion while you are in office. What about the contract with the teachers' union? How does that work? You shouldn't be involved in that either. In order to build trust in this community you need to be straight forward and tell your constituents how you plan to handle these situations, which even you have said "have the appearance of a conflict of interest." Without trust, as we've seen, there is no passage of a parcel tax.

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Posted by Toni, teacher and parent
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Nov 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Way to go Joan! Looking forward to a successful term.

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Posted by Get the facts:
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 5, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Hey Suzanne, I'm sorry you don't trust Jeff. Over 40% of Tuesday's voters do. Why not give him a chance?

And now that every board member has a child in the school system, doesn't that mean all of them have a conflict of interest?

Relax, Suzanne, please relax. The teachers will not be getting a raise anytime soon, there is no money. I'm just hoping I can quit my second job that I needed to take when we voted in the five furlough days.

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