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Parent volunteer, high-tech worker Chong Wang running for Pleasanton school board

Fourth candidate to declare with three board seats on Nov. 3 ballot

Chong Wang is the latest local resident to seek one of three open seats on the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees in the Nov. 3 election.

Pleasanton resident Chong Wang is running for PUSD trustee in the Nov. 3 election. (Courtesy image)

For the past six years, the high-tech worker and his family have called Pleasanton home and played an important role in a number of projects in the community.

Now the married father of two wants to bring that same energy to the school board, where he said his focus would be "to maintain district health and safety, sustain fiscal soundness, and improve communication and support for teachers, parents and students."

Wang said he and his wife, An, chose to live in Pleasanton for its "safety, small-town charm and excellent schools" that he cares about preserving.

“I am privileged to have had opportunities to give back to the schools and community that we love,” Wang said. “I want to further contribute to Pleasanton’s amazing schools as a board trustee. As the father of school-aged children, I believe I am uniquely poised to bring forward insights about school decisions from my perspective as a parent and with my experience as a technology leader."

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If elected, Wang would be a newcomer to the responsibilities of trustee, but he referred to his lengthy resume for evidence of someone who's ready to tackle those challenges. Wang has been active with PUSD's Bond Oversight Committee, and holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and master's degree in computer science from Stanford University.

With more than 20 years as a high-tech professional in various technical and managerial roles, Wang has taken on multiple leadership and volunteer positions, including as a current member of the district's Superintendent Budget Committee and "road warrior" for the Amador Valley High School marching band to which his older son belongs.

Additionally, Wang has extended his assistance beyond the district by organizing donation drives during the Camp Fire in 2018. Wang also recently lent a hand by acquiring and delivering thousands of face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for Pleasanton city staff members.

Wang said he wants to ensure that students also stay safe and continue effectively learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why he implored the current board to close all 15 sites back in February, several weeks before the county order to shelter at home was issued.

“It is critical that we explore innovative ways of teaching while keeping teachers, students, and staff in a safe environment,” Wang said. “It is essential we leverage the benefits of new technologies and tools to constantly advance our policies in adapting to this unprecedented situation. I can bring my technology experience to help create solutions.”

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Board President Steve Maher and Trustee Jamie Yee are among the other contenders, as well as Youth Commission adult member Kelly Mokashi, for the three at-large PUSD board seats on the Nov. 3 ballot. Trustee Valerie Arkin is running for City Council instead of re-election, so at least one school board seat is guaranteed to change hands.

Should Wang win, he promises to "foster a lasting, positive learning environment in our community."

"Together, we can provide students with full access to a high-quality education system, enabling them to pursue their chosen path post-graduation," he added.

To learn more about Wang’s candidacy, visit www.chong4PUSD.com.

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Parent volunteer, high-tech worker Chong Wang running for Pleasanton school board

Fourth candidate to declare with three board seats on Nov. 3 ballot

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Jul 24, 2020, 4:27 pm
Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2020, 4:37 pm

Chong Wang is the latest local resident to seek one of three open seats on the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees in the Nov. 3 election.

For the past six years, the high-tech worker and his family have called Pleasanton home and played an important role in a number of projects in the community.

Now the married father of two wants to bring that same energy to the school board, where he said his focus would be "to maintain district health and safety, sustain fiscal soundness, and improve communication and support for teachers, parents and students."

Wang said he and his wife, An, chose to live in Pleasanton for its "safety, small-town charm and excellent schools" that he cares about preserving.

“I am privileged to have had opportunities to give back to the schools and community that we love,” Wang said. “I want to further contribute to Pleasanton’s amazing schools as a board trustee. As the father of school-aged children, I believe I am uniquely poised to bring forward insights about school decisions from my perspective as a parent and with my experience as a technology leader."

If elected, Wang would be a newcomer to the responsibilities of trustee, but he referred to his lengthy resume for evidence of someone who's ready to tackle those challenges. Wang has been active with PUSD's Bond Oversight Committee, and holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and master's degree in computer science from Stanford University.

With more than 20 years as a high-tech professional in various technical and managerial roles, Wang has taken on multiple leadership and volunteer positions, including as a current member of the district's Superintendent Budget Committee and "road warrior" for the Amador Valley High School marching band to which his older son belongs.

Additionally, Wang has extended his assistance beyond the district by organizing donation drives during the Camp Fire in 2018. Wang also recently lent a hand by acquiring and delivering thousands of face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for Pleasanton city staff members.

Wang said he wants to ensure that students also stay safe and continue effectively learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why he implored the current board to close all 15 sites back in February, several weeks before the county order to shelter at home was issued.

“It is critical that we explore innovative ways of teaching while keeping teachers, students, and staff in a safe environment,” Wang said. “It is essential we leverage the benefits of new technologies and tools to constantly advance our policies in adapting to this unprecedented situation. I can bring my technology experience to help create solutions.”

Board President Steve Maher and Trustee Jamie Yee are among the other contenders, as well as Youth Commission adult member Kelly Mokashi, for the three at-large PUSD board seats on the Nov. 3 ballot. Trustee Valerie Arkin is running for City Council instead of re-election, so at least one school board seat is guaranteed to change hands.

Should Wang win, he promises to "foster a lasting, positive learning environment in our community."

"Together, we can provide students with full access to a high-quality education system, enabling them to pursue their chosen path post-graduation," he added.

To learn more about Wang’s candidacy, visit www.chong4PUSD.com.

Comments

Steven
Birdland
on Jul 24, 2020 at 10:56 pm
Steven, Birdland
on Jul 24, 2020 at 10:56 pm
30 people like this

We are proud of you, Mr. Wang! Thank you for your efforts.


Carrie
Del Prado
on Jul 24, 2020 at 11:45 pm
Carrie , Del Prado
on Jul 24, 2020 at 11:45 pm
23 people like this

It’s great to see a candidate like Chong who has strong education background and rich working experience to run for the school board. In the past years Chong also devoted a lot of his time to our community service. He will add great value to our school district. Let’s support an excellent candidate like Chong!


Linda
Stoneridge
on Jul 25, 2020 at 12:03 am
Linda, Stoneridge
on Jul 25, 2020 at 12:03 am
18 people like this

Nice article. Seems to be a genuine, hardworking and resourceful candidate. Best of luck, Mr. Wang!


Gina
Birdland
on Jul 25, 2020 at 12:12 am
Gina, Birdland
on Jul 25, 2020 at 12:12 am
23 people like this

New norm, new face, new hope! We do need some high tech influence for the schools!


Helena
Harvest Park Middle School
on Jul 25, 2020 at 5:53 am
Helena, Harvest Park Middle School
on Jul 25, 2020 at 5:53 am
13 people like this

With Chong's education and experience, he will definitely bring a new perspective and add diversity to the school board.


Resident
Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 25, 2020 at 7:11 am
Resident, Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 25, 2020 at 7:11 am
21 people like this

We need new face, especially one who can bring in changes, listen to community and new directions for better quality in education. Education And industry background liked Chung is rare gem. We need someone connected to top-notch industry to bring in aspect in education. What is needed to change so our kids will be staying competitive, engaged in learning and challenged? With his background, and records of local volunteering work history, I felt he is a trusted man. I also know he is very well connected to community, we need someone truly listen, humble, experience in working with people in different background to make things better in PUSD.


Nancy Allen
Danbury Park
on Jul 25, 2020 at 9:39 am
Nancy Allen, Danbury Park
on Jul 25, 2020 at 9:39 am
15 people like this

It is good to see candidates like Chong running for the Board of Trustees. Chong brings important perspectives as a parent of children in our schools and with his many years of technology experience. I have found Chong to be thoughtful, respectful and collaborative. These are traits that will serve him well in this important role.


Ling
Hart Middle School
on Jul 25, 2020 at 9:56 am
Ling, Hart Middle School
on Jul 25, 2020 at 9:56 am
11 people like this

Thank you for your contribution and your voice for us!


BobB
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2020 at 11:05 am
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2020 at 11:05 am
17 people like this

Best of luck. You have my vote.


Integrity vs transcript fraud
Amador Valley High School
on Jul 25, 2020 at 4:03 pm
Integrity vs transcript fraud, Amador Valley High School
on Jul 25, 2020 at 4:03 pm
13 people like this

I am happy that a person with a great background is running for School Board. He has my vote!

Pleasanton voters should not choose to re-elect or elect anyone involved in the hiring of Odie Douglas for PUSD assistant superintendent of educations services.

There was a transcript fraud/grade changing scandal in Lodi Unified in 2011, his prior district (see investigator report link from the attorneys' investigation here Web Link ).

No one on the board in the 2012 time frame who was involved in hiring a member of the cabinet to replace Cindy Galbo where academic integrity had been compromised at a previous district should be re-elected or elected to any public office. Recall that two years ago, again a transcript fraud/grade changing scandal happened at Amador.

Since the hiring of Odie Douglas happened after Steve Maher was voted into office, I will be voting for him again along with the new candidate, Chong Wang.

Hopefully with Mr. Wang's business background, he will be able to bring to the table the ability to vet candidates that PUSD brings to the table.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 25, 2020 at 6:38 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 25, 2020 at 6:38 pm
4 people like this

All candidates who seek election to the PUSD Board of Trustees should undergo a credential check.


Janie
Stoneridge
on Jul 26, 2020 at 9:32 pm
Janie, Stoneridge
on Jul 26, 2020 at 9:32 pm
8 people like this

Chong is an incredible member of the community with impressive credentials! He and his family are always so gracious and considerate, and I'm excited to see someone of his character be on the board potentially.


Nicki
Jensen Tract
on Jul 27, 2020 at 12:08 pm
Nicki, Jensen Tract
on Jul 27, 2020 at 12:08 pm
8 people like this

When 85% of the parents vote for hybrid or full in-person back to school, and the present board votes, instead, for only online instruction,,,well, maybe we need NEW board members.
A compromise, where parents could opt out of in-person instruction and others could choose some form of hybrid or full in person attendance, could have been reached by competent board members. Wonder if our board was just following other districts, which don't represent our Pleasanton demographic or infection/death rate and hence have different risk levels. Yep let's try new folks, with better decision capabilities. But first let's hear what these new candidates say about this matter.


Mingang
Birdland
on Jul 27, 2020 at 6:51 pm
Mingang, Birdland
on Jul 27, 2020 at 6:51 pm
4 people like this

Great! We do need some know-how guy in high-tech industry in our board, to help identity a real right path for the kid of Pleasanton. Yes for Wang Chong!


Laura
Stoneridge
on Jul 27, 2020 at 7:50 pm
Laura , Stoneridge
on Jul 27, 2020 at 7:50 pm
4 people like this

PUSD can definitely benefit from a board member with direct experience as a parent and volunteer. We appreciate the dedication from Chong in supporting the school community. He truly cares for the well-being of our students, teachers and staff. Looking forward to what he can bring to the district. Thank you


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 27, 2020 at 8:08 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 27, 2020 at 8:08 pm
2 people like this

Nicki,

You are correct.

Turnover of the board trustees is an absolute necessity.


Karl Aitken
Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 29, 2020 at 8:10 am
Karl Aitken, Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 29, 2020 at 8:10 am
4 people like this

Chong is my next door neighbor and I believe he will bring a welcome and needed change to PUSD. New ideas, new perspective and new energy to help PUSD transition to what the students and parents need and want.


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