September 30, 2008

San Leandro School Board Area 1 Candidates in Their Own Words

These are the statements from San Leandro School Board Area 1 candidates Rick Richards and Hermy Almonte that appear in the voter information pamphlet:

T. W. "RICK" RICHARDS
Occupation: Incumbent
My education and qualifications are: More than 38 years ago I called San Leandro home and for the past 8 years I have worked hard on San Leandro's Board of Education to make our schools the best that they can be. Much has been accomplished. Much more still needs to be done. I am running for re-election to continue the work and improvements that have been started for our children and community. We must continue modernizing our school facilities. Increasing the achievement of all students. reducing the achievement gap, improving the communications with parents, staff and community, controlling expenses, while enhancing revenues, to assist us in the hiring and the retaining of quality teachers and staff, maintaining a safe, clean and positive learning environment for students and staff, enriching the learning experiences of students with more college or career pathway opportunities and working with community leaders for the betterment of San Leandro. For a brighter educational future for our children in quality schools. Join the many parents, educators, and community and business leaders supporting my re-election. Together we can make San Leandro schools the best in the state for our children, their future, and our community!

HERMY B. ALMONTE
Occupation: Property Manager
My education and qualifications are: I am running for School Board to bring positive change and restore trust In our schools. We must value parent participation, respect teachers and staff and unite the community In support of our schools. As a manager at a non-profit developer of affordable housing, I have assisted families of all cultural backgrounds find safe, affordable shelter. I will bring this experience and skill set to the School Board to promote fair and balanced leadership. My son attends San Leandro High School and my daughter graduated last June. I serve as president of the English Learner Advisory Committee. I understand the challenges our students face. School safety will be one of my highest priorities. We need to keep kids off drugs and away from gangs and violence. This means having students know there will be zero tolerance for unacceptable behavior, and it means supporting effective prevention programs that help kids stay on the right track. The high school is critically overcrowded. That is why I will vote to reverse the decision to weaken residency verification. I am committed to enhancing the education of our kids by Investing in art, music and vocational education programs. I would appreciate your vote. Thank you.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at September 30, 2008 4:06 PM | TrackBack
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