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Trustee Jamie Yee running to retain seat on Pleasanton school board

Original post made on Jul 29, 2020

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.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 10:41 PM

Comments (15)

Posted by parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2020 at 1:28 am

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.


Posted by Same person as Jamie Hintzke?
a resident of Valley Trails
on Jul 29, 2020 at 6:34 am

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


Posted by Bye
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2020 at 7:12 am

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


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jul 29, 2020 at 7:39 am

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.


Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2020 at 7:49 am

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.


Posted by Todd
a resident of Las Positas
on Jul 29, 2020 at 9:24 am

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.


Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2020 at 6:34 pm

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.


Posted by Beth
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Jul 29, 2020 at 8:58 pm

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.


Posted by Involved Parent
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Jul 29, 2020 at 10:01 pm

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.


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 29, 2020 at 10:07 pm

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.


Posted by Todd
a resident of Las Positas
on Jul 30, 2020 at 7:37 am

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.


Posted by Time to go
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jul 30, 2020 at 10:06 am

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.


Posted by term limits
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 30, 2020 at 10:49 am

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.




Posted by A Sheep
a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 31, 2020 at 11:55 am

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.


Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 31, 2020 at 1:34 pm

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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