Text and picture from Pacifica Tribune online 10/14/10.
School District Board candidates. Their responses are
published in their entirety. sent questionnaires to all four
1. What is
your background, training and experience that qualifies you
to manage the affairs of the Pacifica School
District.?Please include your occupation and any personal
information you would like to share. Why are you running?
I am the father of three children who graduated from the Pacifica
School District. My children attended and graduated from both
Cabrillo and Ingrid B Lacy. I have been a resident of Pacifica for
over 25 years. I met my wife, Liz, here in Pacifica, and have
worked in the community for many years. I have served the children
and citizens of for three terms on the Board of Trustees.
Prior to my election to the Pacifica (previously the Laguna
Salada) School District Board of Trustees, I served on the City of
Pacifica Disaster Preparedness and Planning Commissions. I
have an interest in and dedication to public service and believe
that we should all give back to the community we call home, each
in our own way, each to our interest, and each to our abilities. I
believe in public education and in what an education can do for
each person as well as for our country. I believe that education
is what preserves the middle class in America. A good education is
a gift that cannot be taken away or returned; it can only be used
or passed onto the next generation.The Pacifica Tribune
sent questionnaires to all four Pacifica School District Board
candidates. Their responses are published in their entirety.
2. How can we make sure that positions that are
eliminated, when brought back, will be filled by those who
have lost their jobs in the district? I
would certainly feel that when we have the funds available to
rehire those friends and neighbors who have been laid off,
those laid off be given preference. The agreements we have in
our negotiated contracts would cover the rehiring procedures.
I can only hope that we will be able to start rehiring very
soon. Our ability to rehire would mean that we have turned the
3. What would you consider unwise
parcel tax expenditures? Commitments that are
unsustainable if the parcel tax is not renewed by the voters,
and thus we cannot stop the expenditure. I would also consider
it unwise for us to make commitments that are more than the
estimated amount of funds we receive.
4. What are the major issues facing
the Pacifica School District? The ability to
maintain the excellent education that the children of Pacifica
are getting at this time. We need to continue the standards
which we have promised to the citizens of Pacifica. The people
of Pacifica have entrusted us with the most precious asset we
have -- our children. The ability of the Pacifica School
District to maintain our educational excellence, our staff and
our physical buildings is integral to sustaining our program.
The idea of doing the same or more with less will be facing
our country for several years. Our challenge will be to
perform at the level our community has come to expect from the
Pacifica School District.
Posted by Kathy Meeh