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Hintzke to seek re-election to Pleasanton school board

2nd of 3 whose terms expire this year to put name on Nov. 8 ballot

Pleasanton school board member Jamie Hintzke has announced that she will seek re-election to a third term on Nov. 8.

Hintzke, who was first elected to the school board in November 2008, is one of three school board members whose terms expire this year. Board member Valerie Arkin announced her re-election plans earlier this month. Chris Grant has yet to say if he will seek re-election.

In her youth, Hintzke attended Pleasanton public schools as have her two children. She is employed by the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency as a Community Relations Coordinator, and also works as Program Manager for the Alameda County Emergency Medical Services CPR program for 7th graders.

From 2009-2012 she served on the Alameda County School Boards Association as the vice president of education. She has also served as a trustee on the Tri-Valley Regional Occupation board, the California State PTA Board of Managers, as president of the PTAs at Alisal Elementary and Harvest Park Middle schools and the Pleasanton PTA Council.

Hintzke is currently president of the Pleasanton school board, a position she also held in 2014. While on the board, she has lobbied for greater district transparency, tight financial control, a higher level of executive staff accountability, increased public and student involvement in district decisions, intervention programs and improved methods to better serve the needs of all students.

She said her priorities include ensuring that students reach their greatest potential by providing learning that is innovative, irresistible, creative, relevant and rigorous.

"A successful school district requires support for the superintendent to build and maintain high functioning teams, strong communication, deepened school/parent partnerships, strict budgetary oversight and continued transparency," she said.

"The Pleasanton community deserves trustees who have a deep understanding of the public education system, our local schools and the challenges facing them," she added. "I believe this is my greatest strength. At a time when we are rebuilding from the great recession, the community needs a trustee with experience and institutional knowledge of the school district's operations."

Hintzke said: "I have served for the past eight years with a strong record of involvement including insisting on a new district audit firm selection process and putting a public audit committee in place."

Hintzke currently serves on the Pleasanton Economic Vitality Committee and has been elected for a second term as a delegate to the California School Board Association's delegate assembly and this year was appointed by the CSBA president to the organization's Legislative committee.

For more information about Jamie and her re-election qualifications, sign on to her website at www.JamieHintzke.com/

Comments

18 people like this
Posted by Leslie
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jun 24, 2016 at 9:38 am

This is great news for our district. Jamie is a great advocate and responsible trustee. I'm so glad she is willing to continue! She has my vote!!


14 people like this
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 24, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Jamie is one of three board members who respond when contacted. She is open to hearing diverse perspectives. We need board members who understand they are elected to represent parents and the broader community. I'm glad Jamie is running and she has my vote too.


12 people like this
Posted by GoodNews
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2016 at 1:23 pm

This is good news for PUSD. Jamie works hard. She responds when you call her. She is passionate about students. She actively promotes our district through other activities she is involved in. She wants the people to be heard. Many times at meets I have seen her call for community panels to be put together even when it was obvious the Superintendent didn't want them.

I think it's important with a new superintendent we keep an experienced board together. They seem to have been working well this year to correct problems (such as one time dollars used to fund jobs) that were created by past admins. Give them a couple of years then if you don't like it, start voting members out.


16 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 24, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Jamie is good for the district, be sure to vote for her.


3 people like this
Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2016 at 6:43 pm

Get the Facts is a registered user.

"We need board members who understand they are elected to represent parents and the broader community."

Kathleen, the board members should be elected to represent, first and foremost, the students. Representing parents, the community, teachers, administrators, citizens of Pleasanton or whomever is secondary to representing what is best for students.


4 people like this
Posted by GoodNews
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2016 at 7:27 pm


I know we often talk about putting students first, realistically I think it's a pretty fine line between what is good for students, families, community and teachers. We are pretty much all in this together. If teachers are unhappy it's certainly not good students. If there is a hardship for families it's not good for students. If it's not good for the community it won't be good for students.


Students aren't islands in the stream. They are a part of a broader community. I think the trick is finding a balance that keeps all the stakeholders happy. That's the tough part.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 24, 2016 at 10:25 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

GtF, I thought about that, but it isn't exactly true. Parents are responsible for their children. Board members are elected by voters, which includes parents. However, I think GoodNews has a better point.


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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2016 at 2:26 pm

Get the Facts is a registered user.

I have to agree with both of you. Student needs come first, but all needs must be considered. Well said GoodNews.


4 people like this
Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 25, 2016 at 6:18 pm

What are her accomplishments?


13 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 25, 2016 at 8:14 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

@Pete"

What part of the above article is it that you did not get????
Jamie's resume is as good as it gets!!!

Jamie reaches out to the parents, responding to those parents that contact her. As well, Jamie calls back, and is readily available to have a conversation with the voter that elected her.

If you have an issue with Jamie, contact her, she will respond to you.
Posting here on this site anonymously gets you nothing !!!


21 people like this
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 25, 2016 at 10:27 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Reaching out--you'd like to think so, but that is not my experience with two current members.


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