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2A Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 Feather River Bulletin School board candidates share views before election-- Editor's note: Traci Holt number of reasons this is Editor's note: Cheryl James responded to the prepared I want to be part of a school happening, but I need some responded to prepared questions by email, board that is responsive and good data to provide a good questions during an interview receptive to parents, staff, answer. I have not studied with Feather Publishing How long have you lived in students and the community the issue, reporter M. Kate West. Lake Almanor and what at large, and encouraging an A critical question that drew you to the area? open dialog. The board must should be asked is: Are How long have you lived in I have lived in Plumas take input from all groups students leaving our Lake Almanor? What drew County for 14 years with and weigh all the facts before traditional campuses because you to the area? family roots going back over making a decision, their needs are not being Plumas Unitized School 50 years. Serving as a school board met? District board candidate After meeting my future member is one of the most Have the public schools Cheryl James arrived in husband, Kelly Holt, who was important responsibilities a focused on "test scores". Chester in 2013 when her born and raised in Chester, citizen can undertake. The rather than the actual needs husband, Jeff James, accepted and spending time here, I school board establishes of the students? Does the the job of Chester knew Plumas County was the educational goals that will charter school offer more Junior-Senior High School shape the future of our flexibility and fill an principal. Cheryl James place for me. Traci Holt communities and society. I wanted a clean and educational need not The family settled in and attractive place to live. I Being on the school board otherwise offered by the James followed them in wanted a place that would can be challenging, but I public schools? I look December after tying up allow me to grow personally making spending believe it can be rewarding forward to learning more obligations in Pleasanton. parents in learning how to and be a healthy and safe improvement as well, as students achieve, about these issues as a school "I have never, ever advocate for their children place to raise a family, recommendations, I feel I am succeed, and lead happy, board member, experienced such a and have a successful prepared to contribute, productive lives as a result of While I do feel it is good for welcoming from a experience in school. What motivated you to The district has been an environment I will help to parents and students to have community. It was like we "I worked on compliance place your name in the hat through some di/Ymult times provide, choices for their children, we were adopted into a family," issues with the individual as a candidate for the over the past few years. I am willing and eager to have to make sure our she said. units that might impact the Plumas Unified School Balancing the budget is devote the time and energy traditional schools are doing She said she and Jeff CAPTA nonprofit parent District school board? necessary but does not have that the communities, the best job they can at originally thought they would organization," James said. I care about schools and to be done in ways that students, teachers, and staff meeting the needs of our be accepting a job and living She also said she served on the education of my daughter compromise our children's deserve as a member of the students, in the Bay Area. the CAPTA Education and the role schools play in education. My husband and I school board. We shouldn't forget that "Jeff made multiple trips to Commission for two years our communities, want our child and all others board member the area and fell more and where the Primary topic of After serving as the chair in the district to receive the The Plumas Charter responsibilities are for the more in love with the area. He conversation was teacher of the Chester-Lake Almanor best public education. Tough School is attracting more traditional schools through accepted the position and this assessment. She worked on 7-11 Committee and, more decisions are needed, and students away from the Plumas Unified School • offered us the positive the commission for recently, the Budget these can be done while traditional campuses. Why District and, though fewer, changes were we looking for, community concernsl which Austerity Committee, improving communication, do you think that is they have responsibilities as a sense of community and addressed the more severe which spent a year trust, and respect in Plumas happening? well for Plumas Charter peace," she said. issues facing families, such as examining the budget and Unified School District. I believe there are a School through the Plumas drugs, addiction, abuse and County Office of Education. What motivated you to human trafficking. place your name in the hat "In sitting on many The school board has as a candidate for the commissions with approved a number of Plumas Unified School representatives from teacher positions in the district District hoard? associations, California office and at school sites, "In one day I was asked by Highway Patrol, the such as the student service four different people to put California Department of coordinator. Do you think my name in. I had rejected it Motor Vehicles and a host of that is the best use of out of hand because of the other organizations we district funds? perception it would be collaborated well in making District expenditures connected with JeWs job. the most positive impact you should be in line with "I investigated the protocols can for families," she said. ensuring a proper in place to learn how you As a result of her student-learning would act as a board member experiences, she said, "I am environment. I strongly if you had a family member extremely knowledgeable believe that when budget cuts who was an employee. I with the new funding are made, they should be as learned that if there were formulas and the challenges far away from the classroom something that could be of Common Core that face our as possible, perceived as a conflict of schools." As for the student service interest I would refrain from coordinator positions, I need voting. The Plumas Charter School to learn more how this "My determination to run is attracting more students position directly benefits was based on my great away from the traditional students and contributes to  affection for the students and camlms6s: do yo j ....... th]ening environm6n{: families of Plumas County. i think that is happening? : The]J6ard must eXercise have the backgroundAn "I can speakto all ch-er y c prudent fiscal management working within educational schools, not any specifically. in prioritizing and approving systems in California. "Charter schools can create positions. The board must "I was on the board of a false reputation of success implement spending California State Parent in that they have the priorities that have the Teacher Association and opportunity to handpick those greatest impact on student board of directors as well. as students that they think will learning, being district president in two fit well and be successful and Through my work on the different CAPTA districts, than dismiss those that do not 7-11 Committee and Budget which encompassed multiple meet their criteria. Austerity Committee, we counties. "In this artificial recommended reduced "As a member of the PTA, I environment, you never have staffing at the district office was often in the schools to a child who fails or a record of and to stop discretionary facilitate family engagement school failure. See Holt, page 3A and to offer services to assist See James, page 3A Paid political advertisement JEFF ENGEL SUPERVISOR, DISTRICT 5 The Locally Homegrown Candidate! 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