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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Pleasanton Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Stephen Maher

Businessman/Teacher/Principal
24,468 votes (38.63%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Advocate for fiscal responsibility and transparency
  • Stop the revolving door of administrators and staff
  • Support decisions that benefit all students

Experience

Experience

Profession:Teacher. School Principal. Businessman
Teacher. Administrator, Pleasanton USD (1971–2016)
Teacher. Administrator, Pleasanton USD (1971–2016)

Education

California State University Hayward B.A. Social Science. Emphasis. Asian Politics, M.S. School Administration, Asian Politics (1976)

Community Activities

Varsity Basketall Coach , Foothill High School (1999–2005)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Eric Swalwell, U.S. Representative, California’s 15th Congressional District
  • Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce
  • Jerry Thorne, Mayor, City of Pleasanton

Organizations (4)

  • Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce
  • Pleasanton Police Officers Association
  • Tri-Valley Democratic Club
  • Alameda County Democratic Party

Elected Officials (12)

  • Eric Swalwell, U.S. Representative, California’s 15th Congressional District
  • Joan Laursen, School Board Trustee, Pleasanton Unified School District
  • Chris Grant, School Board Trustee, Pleasanton Unified School District
  • Danielle Cohen, School Board President, Campbell Union School District
  • Jerry Pentin, Councilmember, City of Pleasanton
  • Arne Olson, Councilmember, City of Pleasanton
  • Kathy Narum, Vice Mayor, City of Pleasanton
  • Jerry Thorne, Mayor, City of Pleasanton
  • Steve Glazer, State Senator, California’s 7th State Senate District
  • Margie Matthews, Former Councilmember, City of San Jose
  • Cheryl Cook-Kallio, Former Councilmember, City of Pleasanton
  • William Macedo, Board Trustee, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District

Individuals (23)

  • Jennifer Minnite Tracy Mitch Patricia Mitchell Carol Moberg Todd Moberg Tracey Montoya Mike Moran Rina Moran Melinda Moy
  • Beth Gallagher Mike Galletti Shay Galletti Michelle Gao Audrey Gillette Bryan Gillette John Goard Ed Golden Lara Golden
  • Terry Abbey Charles Abney Kelly Abney Joseph Aguirre Meghan Anderson Sharon Anderson Cherie Andrade Adriana Araujo Angel
  • Bill James, Ph.D., Retired Superintendent, Pleasanton Unified School District
  • Tom Himmelberg, Retired Superintendent, San Leandro Unified School District
  • Doug Gephart, Retired Superintendent, Fremont Unified School District
  • William Berck, Retired Superintendent, Pleasanton & Alameda County
  • Sylvia Xia Tian, Economic Vitality Commissioner, City of Pleasanton
  • Olivia Sanwong, Economic Vitality Commissioner, City of Pleasanton
  • Brock Roby, Human Services Commissioner, City of Pleasanton
  • Herb Ritter, Planning Commissioner, City of Pleasanton
  • Joan Nibert, Library Commissioner, City of Pleasanton
  • Doug Miller, Former Veterans Affairs Commissioner, Alameda County
  • Christina Nystrom Mantha, Economic Vitality Commissioner, City of Pleasanton
  • Debbie Look, Former Library Commissioner, City of Pleasanton
  • Andy Li, Human Services Commissioner, City of Pleasanton
  • David Lambert, Parks and Recreation Commissioner, City of Pleasanton
  • Brad Hirst, Civic Center/Library Master Plan Task Force, City of Pleasanton
  • Susan Hayes, Human Services Commissioner, City of Pleasanton
  • Harinder Grewal, Library Commissioner, City of Pleasanton
  • Kelly French, Civic Center/Library Master Plan Task Force, City of Pleasanton
  • Bryan Bowers, Parks and Recreation Commissioner, City of Pleasanton
  • Jack Balch, Planning Commissioner, City of Pleasanton

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Stephen Maher:

The recent law states major changes as to how schools will now receive funding.  LCFF or Local Control Funding Formula requires that districts must have an accountability plan that involves community and staff. Currently the committee meets monthly and presents to the board updates for questions and approval. It would be my goal and  plan to visit and discuss with all PTA's, School Site Councils, Staffs, and School Communities, along with civic and business stakeholders what the LCFF represents and how the district conducts business.  In addition, I would  like to see a quarterly newsletter go out to the community updating our community on recent district and board decisions regarding LCFF.

While recent CAASPP  results indicate our students over-all are achieving, we still have room to grow in our underserved  population of students. A greater effort must be implemented to ensure all of our students are accessing the curriculum.  Pleasanton must look at similar districts to really get a true picture of our performance.  If we are to continue as one of the top districts, we must show continual growth for all students.    

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Candidate Statement/Platform

Summary

This statement covers my priorities and the key issues I plan to tackle as a member of the Pleasanton school board.

Pleasanton schools are outstanding, but we have lost our way in many respects.

We must stop the revolving door of principals, staff and District office personnel. We must make a concerted effort to help our underserved students be more successful. All voices must be heard and respected. The School Board must be fiscally responsible and transparent about all decisions.

We must encourage staff development to prepare our teachers for 21st-century learning. Our infrastructure must be upgraded to accommodate cutting-edge modes of teaching. I will seek creative funding to improve technology.

I have 40-plus years of experience as a teacher and principal, all in the Pleasanton School District. I am eager to transfer my skills to the school board to improve our District.

I would bring a unique view to the School Board from having served at most Pleasanton schools. I have a solid reputation of successfully collaborating with all stakeholders to advance student performance and find equitable solutions that best serve all students.

Trust must be restored among all community members and the District. Everyone must be treated with civility and respect.

Many voters have expressed their frustration that School Board members do not listen to them or are not receptive to a healthy discussion of issues. I would welcome and consider ideas to improve our schools and help me make fully informed decisions.

I pledge to be transparent and continue my long history of actively communicating and collaborating with all stakeholders through outreach, public forums and school-site visits.

I have multiple endorsements from top agencies and leaders in our community, including the Chamber of Commerce, mayor, city council members, educators and many more.

I am the best prepared and qualified candidate to be your next School Board trustee. I would be honored to have your vote.

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