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Trustee Jamie Yee running to retain seat on Pleasanton school board

Second incumbent to announce re-election bid

Pleasanton Unified School District Trustee Jamie Yee is the second incumbent to seek another four-year term on the school board, running for one of three open seats in the Nov. 3 election.

Recently announcing her re-election bid, Yee told the Weekly that "times are different now, so I have different priorities" than when she first became a trustee. After being originally elected to the board in 2008, Yee retained her seat in 2012 and 2016, and hopes to continue the pattern this fall.

Trustee Jamie Yee is running for re-election to the Pleasanton school board in November. (Courtesy image)

"There's a lot to be learned about how to avoid pitfalls, and so I think that I'm really in this unique role now to be able to ensure that we continue to exceed or excel in the quality or effectiveness of our education while we're doing remote learning," Yee said.

"Given my history and experience with the school district, I think I know how to provide that leadership. That's what we need now," she added.

Four issues make up the foundation of Yee's platform: increasing student health and safety, ensuring accountability "at all levels," planning for the future and greater community involvement with the district.

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A more immediate priority of Yee's, though, is the mental health of students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"There's a lot of issues coming up; different things that kids are going through because they don't have socialization, they're stuck at home, they might have fear about the unknown, what's going to happen," she said. "We have no plans to cut our counselors and, if anything, we need to increase our social workers and ability to provide mental health services to our students."

Part of looking out for students' mental well-being includes addressing bullying as well as time management and organizational skills, Yee said.

"We need to make sure we prioritize helping kids with organizational skills and time management skills," she said. "And, to me, that feeds into mental health and not feeling stressed, really prioritizing the organizational and time management skills for our students."

Even with students learning remotely, Yee still has an eye on their safety in other ways when they do eventually return to school.

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"There's been a big effort to make sure that our sites have proper fencing and proper security protocol," Yee said. "We need to make sure we still have a laser focus on that because I know it's an important topic to our parents and our community. The pandemic is very distracting but I want to make sure we still have our focus on campus safety."

Yee also wants to generate more community and, especially, student involvement on district issues. But she said the process used to choose student board members needs an overhaul.

"Students have always been a huge thing for me. I was the one pushing for student board members long, long ago," Yee said. "It needs to be with the students, they choose who their student board members are."

Yee also envisions introducing a Mandarin language dual immersion program that starts in first grade, giving students an extra edge in the future job market. "We were having some initial conversations and discussions about that. It's sidelined now but it's definitely a priority for me," Yee said.

A Bay Area native, Yee moved to Pleasanton from Berkeley while growing up and attended Alisal Elementary and the old Pleasanton Elementary before graduating from Foothill High School. Yee became active in PUSD while raising her two children, now in college, first joining the PTA and serving as president for several different PTA councils on three separate occasions, as well as the California State PTA Board of Managers for eight years.

Before joining the school board, Yee was also on several committees and advocated for student health issues. Yee works full-time for the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, where she serves as a program and policy analyst.

Board President Steve Maher and newcomers Chong Wang and Kelly Mokashi are also angling for a spot on the board on Nov. 3; Trustee Valerie Arkin is currently running for the Pleasanton City Council instead of seeking re-election to PUSD.

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Trustee Jamie Yee running to retain seat on Pleasanton school board

Second incumbent to announce re-election bid

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Jul 28, 2020, 10:41 pm
Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2020, 12:20 pm

Pleasanton Unified School District Trustee Jamie Yee is the second incumbent to seek another four-year term on the school board, running for one of three open seats in the Nov. 3 election.

Recently announcing her re-election bid, Yee told the Weekly that "times are different now, so I have different priorities" than when she first became a trustee. After being originally elected to the board in 2008, Yee retained her seat in 2012 and 2016, and hopes to continue the pattern this fall.

"There's a lot to be learned about how to avoid pitfalls, and so I think that I'm really in this unique role now to be able to ensure that we continue to exceed or excel in the quality or effectiveness of our education while we're doing remote learning," Yee said.

"Given my history and experience with the school district, I think I know how to provide that leadership. That's what we need now," she added.

Four issues make up the foundation of Yee's platform: increasing student health and safety, ensuring accountability "at all levels," planning for the future and greater community involvement with the district.

A more immediate priority of Yee's, though, is the mental health of students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"There's a lot of issues coming up; different things that kids are going through because they don't have socialization, they're stuck at home, they might have fear about the unknown, what's going to happen," she said. "We have no plans to cut our counselors and, if anything, we need to increase our social workers and ability to provide mental health services to our students."

Part of looking out for students' mental well-being includes addressing bullying as well as time management and organizational skills, Yee said.

"We need to make sure we prioritize helping kids with organizational skills and time management skills," she said. "And, to me, that feeds into mental health and not feeling stressed, really prioritizing the organizational and time management skills for our students."

Even with students learning remotely, Yee still has an eye on their safety in other ways when they do eventually return to school.

"There's been a big effort to make sure that our sites have proper fencing and proper security protocol," Yee said. "We need to make sure we still have a laser focus on that because I know it's an important topic to our parents and our community. The pandemic is very distracting but I want to make sure we still have our focus on campus safety."

Yee also wants to generate more community and, especially, student involvement on district issues. But she said the process used to choose student board members needs an overhaul.

"Students have always been a huge thing for me. I was the one pushing for student board members long, long ago," Yee said. "It needs to be with the students, they choose who their student board members are."

Yee also envisions introducing a Mandarin language dual immersion program that starts in first grade, giving students an extra edge in the future job market. "We were having some initial conversations and discussions about that. It's sidelined now but it's definitely a priority for me," Yee said.

A Bay Area native, Yee moved to Pleasanton from Berkeley while growing up and attended Alisal Elementary and the old Pleasanton Elementary before graduating from Foothill High School. Yee became active in PUSD while raising her two children, now in college, first joining the PTA and serving as president for several different PTA councils on three separate occasions, as well as the California State PTA Board of Managers for eight years.

Before joining the school board, Yee was also on several committees and advocated for student health issues. Yee works full-time for the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, where she serves as a program and policy analyst.

Board President Steve Maher and newcomers Chong Wang and Kelly Mokashi are also angling for a spot on the board on Nov. 3; Trustee Valerie Arkin is currently running for the Pleasanton City Council instead of seeking re-election to PUSD.

Comments

parent
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2020 at 1:28 am
parent, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2020 at 1:28 am
18 people like this

This article has me surprised in many ways particularly the quote "Other opportunities that she would like to provide include adding more programs in different trades and skills for students who want to explore a career path "that may not require a college degree" such as nursing."????

You'd think that after 12 years/3 terms on the Board since 2008, Yee would know there is a Tri-Valley ROP program at Foothill High for Nursing. Web Link as well as Health and CTE classes via ROP Web Link

Also, I didn't realize that nursing was a "trade." Last I heard, being a registered nurse requires a college degree.

I hope others in the community interested in running put their hat in the ring.


Same person as Jamie Hintzke?
Valley Trails
on Jul 29, 2020 at 6:34 am
Same person as Jamie Hintzke?, Valley Trails
on Jul 29, 2020 at 6:34 am
8 people like this

Wait, is this the same person as Jamie Yee Hintzke? When did she stop using the Hintzke name?


Bye
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2020 at 7:12 am
Bye, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2020 at 7:12 am
21 people like this

Replace the whole PUSD board. They refuse to put Students and education first, they only serve the Teachers Union.


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Vintage Hills
on Jul 29, 2020 at 7:39 am
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
on Jul 29, 2020 at 7:39 am
19 people like this

This was expected, but unfortunate. Jamie has had three terms and has no children or grandchildren in the system. It is time; you said you were for term limits and three terms is enough. The district will move ahead well with new leaders.


FrequentWalkerMiles
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2020 at 7:49 am
FrequentWalkerMiles, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2020 at 7:49 am
16 people like this

Given the way the PUSD has been run like a circus last few years, perhaps it’s time for Jamie to gracefully bow out and start paying more attention to her day job with the county, which I assume she still gets paid with no kids in the system, while parents with kids in the district are scrambling to deal with child care that she and her cohorts dumped on the parents like a hot potato per the wishes of the teachers’ union.


Todd
Las Positas
on Jul 29, 2020 at 9:24 am
Todd, Las Positas
on Jul 29, 2020 at 9:24 am
36 people like this

I wish her well and thank her for her service however, like some have already commented, I believe her time is done. I will not be casting my vote for her. Thank goodness Valerie saw the writing on the wall and didn’t run for the school board again too. It is time for some new ideas and influence.


Pete
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2020 at 6:34 pm
Pete, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2020 at 6:34 pm
3 people like this

Does Jamie live outside district boundaries? Does she have mental/physical health problems? Is she not maintaining focus on student achievement moving forward? Does the PUSD curriculum undermine a students future success? For which she would be responsible as a team member. Vote her butt out...not by trying to force her out.


Beth
Stoneridge Park
on Jul 29, 2020 at 8:58 pm
Beth, Stoneridge Park
on Jul 29, 2020 at 8:58 pm
13 people like this

I have known Jaime for many years and have had the privilege of workIng with her in many capacities. One of Jaime’s many strengths is her ability to reach out to the community for their input. What we need on our board is solid strength, consistency and a vision for the future. She has the ability to think things through to their logical conclusion, she does not make impulsive decisions. She has a pulse on the community and advocates for all students, teachers, staff and families alike. She puts our children’s academic, health, safety and wellbeing at the forefront. Jaime is a passionate, strong, engaged leader who is committed to leading the district through unprecedented challenges in the wake of Covid-19 and the challenges we are facing as a nation around diversity.
I fully support Jaime, there is no one more qualified to lead the district through the challenges we will face over the next few years. Jaime possesses the knowledge and experience to help us navigate through these unprecedented times and move us forward.


Involved Parent
Pheasant Ridge
on Jul 29, 2020 at 10:01 pm
Involved Parent, Pheasant Ridge
on Jul 29, 2020 at 10:01 pm
10 people like this

We have much to be proud of in our school district, and it didn't happen by accident. Pleasanton continues to be a destination city for families because of our schools, and Jamie has been a part of that evolution, due to her attention to not just academics but student health and safety. Both Jamie (and Steve Maher) have years of experience working with all PUSD stakeholders- EXPERIENCE that they are able to draw on to help continue steering PUSD through these crazy times when stability is what will serve students and families best. She understands what it takes to run a school district and is not afraid to ask pointed questions, advocate for students and staff when needed, and engages in healthy dialogue with just about anyone. Jamie has worked hard to earn my trust over many years. If she wants to serve another term, God bless her! Because it is a thankless job as you can see from many of the comments here. I have no problem supporting Jamie because she does good by kids, and to disrupt the momentum now would be a huge disservice to PUSD students. This one is a no-brainer for me - Jamie deserves my vote. She has earned it time and again.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 29, 2020 at 10:07 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 29, 2020 at 10:07 pm
15 people like this

I disagree with Beth:

Jaime Hintzke, - Jaime Yee, has not been transparent, (Removed because it was incorrect).

Jaime is and has been the single most destructive board member preventing real progress in the PUSD community.

Jaime will not voluntarily term out, the voters will go to the polls and term out Jaime with their vote.


Todd
Las Positas
on Jul 30, 2020 at 7:37 am
Todd, Las Positas
on Jul 30, 2020 at 7:37 am
23 people like this

Our children have been out of the class room since March. Other than mostly riding the coat tails of the staff (teachers) what actual training has the district provided for distance learning? Can anyone provide specifics here?? Other than staff training staff I might add. A certain board member, in a recent board meeting, stated “we need to bring our A game.” Well no kidding how is that going to happen? Feel free to disagree but I just feel the board (in general) has 1) let down the staff and 2) in letting firm the staff have ultimately let down our children. This is why we have elections: to review where we were, where we are at, and where we are headed. Nothing personal but I just feel led to go in a different direction. Sometimes change is needed and good. Jamie has had the privilege of serving for many years now. She should be respected and thanked not bashed. I truly wish her well and good luck to all candidates.


Time to go
Vintage Hills
on Jul 30, 2020 at 10:06 am
Time to go, Vintage Hills
on Jul 30, 2020 at 10:06 am
20 people like this

I have brought various inequities to her attention especially in regard to late policies, grading, outside tutoring, but the board keeps the status quo. We need innovation especially now. She gets very defensive when one questions her and the board. I think the board has forgotten they represent the entire community not just the parents who stay up to date on board meetings, write letters, and call her. I also thank her for her service, but the board needs forward thinkers, not those hanging on to what worked in the past or for their kids.


term limits
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 30, 2020 at 10:49 am
term limits, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 30, 2020 at 10:49 am
14 people like this

No school board member should serve more than 2 terms. It is ridiculous that Jamie wants to serve 4 terms (16 years).

It is time for the board members to step down after 2 terms and allow people with vested interests (e.g. have children actually in the school system) the opportunity to run and serve.

Also at the recent board meeting Jamie was trying to get the superintendent to justify why PUSD will *not* teach during the entire school day during distance learning. She was then attempting to justify "check ins" as the only contact time with teachers by arguing that it is developmentally inappropriate to have children have screen time with teachers that equates to approximate the entire school day.

We are in a pandemic, most of the kids learned nothing from mid-March onward and the teachers need to be engaged the entire school day with the classrooms. Sure the kids need breaks during the day, but to get things back on track, in spite of what Jamie is advocating, the teachers need to step up and teach, not "check in" and require the parents do the teaching.




A Sheep
Castlewood
on Jul 31, 2020 at 11:55 am
A Sheep , Castlewood
on Jul 31, 2020 at 11:55 am
2 people like this

Pleasanton schools have become a circus the last couple years. Pretty sad actually. Heard the teachers union LOVES these board members. When I hear that there is no way I’ll be voting in support for those candidates. Sad.


FrequentWalkerMiles
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 31, 2020 at 1:34 pm
FrequentWalkerMiles, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 31, 2020 at 1:34 pm
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Just to be clear, my comment ealier about Jamie ending to exit applies to the entire board. I don’t blame all the problems the district has had on her alone nor should anyone. But she has not made the board a better one and this story is about her wanting a 4th term.


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