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Pleasanton school board ponders merits, drawbacks of area-based elections

Original post made on Aug 30, 2021

Pleasanton voters may select the next Board of Trustees representatives from a pool of geographically-determined candidates in the November 2022 general election, should PUSD switch to elections by-trustee area.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, August 29, 2021, 8:48 PM

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Posted by Eileen Barr
a resident of Dublin
on Aug 30, 2021 at 2:18 pm

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NO! Dublin did this and I have seen how it works against unity and cohesion in the community. School board members should serve all the students and the whole community, accountable to all of Pleasanton, not just their own neighborhoods.


Posted by eledge
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Aug 30, 2021 at 5:06 pm

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There are many more pressing issues and this feels like a very low priority right now. Way too much time was spent on this at last week's board meeting. The board's focus should be on managing our district leadership around supporting the return to school and the emotional, social, and educational needs of our kids. This includes teacher contracts, improved quarantine, and testing procedures among many other items that are more deserving of time and attention.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 30, 2021 at 10:47 pm

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It is likely inevitable as there is an organized group of lawyers(?) suing any number of districts and cities to make this happen.


Posted by Frustrated Voter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 31, 2021 at 8:23 am

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This is another example of management putting their needs ahead of what is needed in classrooms. Senior management got a nice raise this summer, they continue to hire many, many people downtown and equip them with new desks,
computers and phones, and yet neither union has a current contract. Teachers and other staff use their personal phones for school business yet 11 contract tracing contract workers get phones? The cost of living keeps increasing in this area and staff’s real buying power has steadily decreased. Let’s pay attention to what the students need and work backwards from there. True representation at the top would put children’s needs ahead of their vanity.


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 31, 2021 at 8:32 am

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Litigation is result of some minority groups that believe they are under represented or not properly represented on school boards.


Posted by Kids Come First?
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 1, 2021 at 9:54 am

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Parents, make your voices heard. You can demand that your superintendent direct your dollars to the classrooms, not to padding the district office. Please don’t wait. Email your thoughts to Dr. Haglund and board members. It was the teachers that made this a “destination school district”, not these recent arrivals at the district office. Dr. Haglund and the board can’t hear if you don’t speak.


Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 1, 2021 at 11:56 am

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I understand the perceived benefit, but this is just continuing to racially and ethnically divide our community - go live in the Indian neighborhood or the Irish neighborhood if you want your cultural identity represented. No thank you - we need more neighborhood unity and assimilation vs the trend to box everyone. I do agree with lowering the bar in the sense of cost to campaign to encourage more candidates - but that can be established in other ways i.e. a minimum campaign fund stipend / appeal / etc.

Lets not mistake cultural pride and representation with forced division. Especially in student education - we all want the best for Pleasanton schools, partitioning them isn't going to achieve that.


Posted by 50 Years Here
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Sep 1, 2021 at 12:48 pm

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Do we have enough people willing to run for School Board to do it this way?


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 1, 2021 at 6:19 pm

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Fifty years here:

Good question.

For those that believe they are not represented, they should recruit potential candidates in their communities to run, then get out the vote for that candidate.

It is that simple.


Posted by Todd
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 3, 2021 at 12:09 pm

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This is a diversion to take the focus off the real issue - the teacher contract negotiation. Sure would be disappointed to see a strike. Wonder how many board members would get re-elected after that? ....... and don't blame the teacher union either. The truth will eventually come out. Eledge is spot on with his/her post. There is a reason more and more teachers are wearing black latley!


Posted by Jimmy The Jet
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 3, 2021 at 6:14 pm

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I agree with Todd. A paid aide told me she’s been making copies of math and social studies for teachers because the district couldn’t order books and get them delivered on time. Core subjects!? Teachers have been quietly making it work without district support with the basics.


Posted by Support our teachers
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 9, 2021 at 10:07 am

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I agree with Todd: “ This is a diversion to take the focus off the real issue - the teacher contract negotiation. Sure would be disappointed to see a strike. Wonder how many board members would get re-elected after that? ....... and don't blame the teacher union either. The truth will eventually come out. Eledge is spot on with his/her post. There is a reason more and more teachers are wearing black latley!”. Spot on. I saw lots of black this morning at drop off.