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Maher making another bid for Pleasanton school board

Original post made on Jul 22, 2020

Pleasanton Unified School District Board President Steve Maher is taking another swing at four more years of leadership and running again for one of three available board seats in the Nov. 3 election.

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Comments (15)

Posted by Doug Miller
a resident of Ironwood
on Jul 22, 2020 at 11:14 pm

Steve Maher was a tremendous school principal at Donlon and PMS and has brought that much needed experience to the Pleasanton School Board. He deserves to be elected to second term.


Posted by Toni
a resident of Ironwood
on Jul 23, 2020 at 7:11 am

Maher tried to impose another tax on Pleasanton citizens not long ago. The voters did not approve it for many reasons. Maher is out of touch with the community. He will try it again and cry out schools are suffering while he and his fellow board members bungle the money they already have.


Posted by Margo
a resident of Hacienda Gardens
on Jul 23, 2020 at 11:02 am

Steve Maher was an excellent teacher and principal and continues to be an excellent School Board member. Pleasanton is fortunate to have him.


Posted by Olorin
a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 23, 2020 at 8:18 pm

Some people just don't know when to get off the stage.


Posted by We need better board members
a resident of Foothill Place
on Jul 24, 2020 at 10:46 am

Time for us to ellect better board members. We already know that the old are not good at their job.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jul 24, 2020 at 11:09 am

I would give the jobs to Maher, Wang, and Mokashi. Yee has served 12 years, and it is time for her to step aside. The other three people have children and grandchildren in the schools. It is important that we turn this over to those who still have that connection to the schools.


Posted by Bay Area Native
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 24, 2020 at 2:19 pm

I interacted with Maher while he was interim principal at WG. Once he makes up his mind that's it. He is not open to analyzing or considering alternative perspectives. I think he behaves the same way as a Trustee.

He should recuse himself from decisions that benefit his daughter who is a PUSD employee but he never does.


Posted by Karl Aitken
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 24, 2020 at 2:35 pm

I met and worked with Steve while trying to address the Gatetree Circle neighborhood concerns with PUSD and the city staff.

I found Steve to be helpful and positive - he truly wanted to help resolve the issue. I was treated as an equal and with real respect.

I think he is one of the "good" members of the school board. I've also been impressed with him the numerous times I've watched the school board meetings on TV.

My impression of many of the other board members, including the superintendent, is they are a group of people who do not consider me their equal - they have superior attitudes and look down on people like myself that do not have Phd's (although I have BS and MS technical degrees from national recognized engineering schools). They seem to be the type of people that always feel they are the smartest person in the room.

Pleasanton doesn't needed the same old approach by this group of Phd's. We need out of box thinkers, with common sense, to effectively address the issues we are seeing in our city schools. Superior financial knowledge and demonstrated sound financial decision making is also key.

No more wasting our tax dollars on poorly planned, out of date solutions.


Posted by Maddia
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 26, 2020 at 6:23 am

Maher will again support a school bond tax. We do not need more taxes now or in the future. He does not think beyond his own kingdom. We need school board members with broader vision.


Posted by Mom
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 30, 2020 at 1:56 am

I support anyone who proposes a tax increase. We need the money now more than ever for the students enrolled in PUSD.


Posted by This Town
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 30, 2020 at 4:08 pm

It is time for a change of trustees. If they do not have a connection to the schools such as a child, grandchild or other relative they should move along. Some (or most) are there as one person put it "the stage" and to benefit their own families. In this unprecedented times do we really want to continue with the same old same old?


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jul 30, 2020 at 4:37 pm

This Town, just to be clear and in case you didn’t already know, Maher has grandchildren in the district.


Posted by Bye
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 30, 2020 at 4:45 pm

These are not lifetime positions....give other community members a chance, especially since he just went against what the majority of PUSD parents said they wanted with a return to the classroom. He voted for what the Union wanted, and always does. We need an advocate for our students and parents, not unions!


Posted by fackchecker
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 30, 2020 at 5:10 pm

No one is more of an advocate for our children then Steve Maher!!! We should be grateful that he is willing to serve another term.


Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Jul 31, 2020 at 5:03 am

Maher needs to be replaced by fresh blood with an open mind. His orientation is stale. Distrust of him and his cohorts is evident by the majority voting against the school bond tax he advocated. Poor judgment on his part and short sighted community vision.


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