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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 3A JAMES. from page 2A "Public schools take all students and are committed to working with families," James said. The school board has approved a number of positions in the district : office and at school sites, Such as the student service 'coordinator. Do you think that is the best use of district funds? '- "I think whenever the  district is creating a new position such as the SSC, it is always good to get public input before the creation of a new position. "I would encourage more open conversation and transparency when new positions are created. And, if a survey was done previous to the creation of the position, it should be shared so we can acknowledge the fact the district did reach out," James said. You have had the opportunity to study the school board. Are there any decisions that you would have made differently? "Yes, and if elected I will give a more in-depth answer," James said. What makes you qualified to serve on the school board? "My long experience in working in different areas of education and on multiple boards beyond the work I did with the California State PTA. "I have worked with persons of diverse personalities, socio-economics, multifaith and multigenerational. You have to be able to listen, incorporate concerns and ideas and create and achieve common goals within the group. "That is one of the strongest qualities I have: the ability to get people to work together and make measurable achievements." The school board makes decisions that impact the entire district and its students. You are from the Chester area and you are actually married to a school administrator. Will you be able to make decisions that may not benefit your own personal interest? "I had to stop worrying about what others thought and only be concerned with what I hope to achieve by encouraging a more open relationship between the school board and our community. "I am proud to be a principal's wife. I respect Jet, s dedication and commitment to Chester Junior-Senior High School. i do not want to distance myself from that fact. "I am also not going to let misplaced perceptions stand in the way of what I see as necessary in my service to the children and families of the Lake Almanor Basin," James said. Personal background James graduated high school in Foothill and attended a variety of courses in Santa Cruz and at Fresno State in the field of forensic psychology. She put herself through college until the economy collapsed in the 1980s. She left college study in 1984 to begin employment with AT&T. "After divesture, AT&T had to separate their smaller companies due to the antitrust ruling," she said. "I created dealerships across the country by working with local businesses to sell electronics or any other physical part of AT&T services. I also educated retailers with no experience with the items to allow them to be the service hubs," she said. James continued her employment with AT&T until the department she worked in was closed. "After leaving AT&T I moved to Sacramento and went to work for a company called Song Trek. I worked as office manger, chief operating officer and then was offered a partnership after two years," she said. She described Song Trek as an entertainment company that provided music to weddings, nightclubs and family restaurants. She said in addition to booking artists she also coordinated event auctions and performed at events as a singer. "I am married to Jeff James and we are parents to four wonderful kids: Andrew, age 31; Samantha, age 25; Joseph, age 17; and Kathryn, age 15. Joseph is a senior and Kathryn is a sophomore at Chester High School. HOLT, from page 2A spending immediately. As funding goes down, so should expenses. It is unclear to me why, amidst repeated claims of a fmancial crisis, the district office has grown in size. The district must build and maintain credibility by ensuring that financial data presented to the public and board is accurate. Unfortunately there remains questions and distrust by the public concerning the budget numbers reported by the district. Despite the efforts of the district, I still have questions about staffing size, expenditures, and accuracy of the county and district budgets. You have had the opportunity to study the school board. Are there any decisions that you would have made differently? I have spent the better part of the past three years fighting to keep our schools open -- and not just in my home community, identifying alternatives to the "fiscal crisis," and recommending $3.4 million in spending cuts without touching the classrooms. I have questions about decisions made about facilities, reductions in certificated and credentialed staff, while administration positions have increased, and the overall lack of understanding and acceptance of the budget figures, when serious concerns have been raised regarding the accuracy of data. During the past three years, on numerous occasions people have raised questions about budget accuracy. Perhaps this was due in part to, at the time, the lack of a single master accounting database from which reports can be developed. Regardless of the reasons, this was reoccurring when raised by the 7-11 and Austerity Committees. I believe the school board should never waver on its fiduciary responsibility and be willing to ask the tough questions and ensure all the facts and figures are accurate before making fmancial. decisions that impact our Tande Custom Draperies Call Dan at (530) 283-1656 for an appointment HunterDouglas DUETTE Architella Honeycomb Shades '2014 Hunter Douglas. All rights reservsd. All trademarks used herein am lbo property of Hunter Douglas. 46383 students, teachers, staff and communities. At times of funding challenges it is extremely important that all options be considered so as to keep the negative impact on teaching and learning at a minimum. My priorities as a board member are: --To put students In'st. --To be an objective and informed board member. -To work with all Plumas County communities, parents, students, employees and unions and to guide PUSD through these challenging times. What makes you qualified to serve on the school board? I have been an involved parent in my child's education in Plumas Unified Schools for six years. I have been a regular classroom and community volunteer and PTA member. I served as chair of the Chester/Lake Almanor 7-11 Committee, one of four committees established in each of the major Plumas communities to examine school facilities and district operations. The Plumas County Grmd Jury praised the work of these groups saying they "took on a huge task and did an incredible job." Last year I served on the Budget Austerity Committee established by the superintendent to make recommendations to the school district on how to improve district fiscal management and balance the budget. I manage a multi-million-dollar budget that includes both federal and state funding streams. I understand that school district budgets are different from other enterprises, but my experience in managing complex budgets is strength. Serving onBudget Austerity Committee and as chair of the 7-11 Committee provided me with firsthand knowledge of the inner workings of the district. This will help me, as a board member, to plan for student and district needs and help avoid crises decision-making. The school board makes decisions that impact the entire district and its students. You are from the Chester area and another candidate is actually married to a school administrator. Will you be able to make decisions that may not benefit your own personal interest? The specific question pertaining to being a spouse of a school administrator is not applicable to me. However, I question the ability of my opponent, as a wife of a school administrator, to make fair, equitable, unbiased decisions on behalf of all Plumas County students, staff, schools and communities. The public expects high standards of its elected officials, and school board service is no exception. Board members should be aware of and follow the laws that address nepotism and conflict of interest. Should my opponent be elected, there may well be many decisions she will have to recuse herself-- or should recuse See Holt, page 4A Every child is unique, and that's why we offer a huge selection of kids' lightweight frames in every price range and style. 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It is through their hard work with fund raising and the profits from the Bargain Boutique that made this possible. We also would like to thank all the wonderful people in our community that support both of these awesome organizations. We also want to thank all the individuals at PDH who worked so hard to get the Mammography Suite ready. Tiffany Leonhardt did an outstanding job working as a liaison between the Volunteers, the Foundation and the Imaging Department in the construction and design of the suite. There is also the hospital's facilities and engineering staff who spent countless hours with the construction and finishing touches to make a suite of which we can all be extremely proud. The finance department was able to put the numbers together for the Volunteers and Foundation to say this will work. The I.T. department set up the ability for mammo to interface with the hospital computer system. 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