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Editorial: Vote Clark for SRVUSD Area 2, Roberts for Area 3

This fall marks the first Board of Education election for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District under by-trustee-area voting.

And residents of Area 2 (which includes much of Danville) and Area 3 (primarily the Dougherty Valley in San Ramon) are fortunate to have three eager candidates each from which to choose on their Nov. 3 ballot.

The district is in an important phase as it works to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic -- and its associated impacts on in-person learning and state funding -- all while being under a change of leadership with new Superintendent John Malloy.

Voters should look to capitalize upon this moment of change by electing board members with a range of perspective and a campaign centered around fresh, informed ideas to improve SRVUSD into the future. Those candidates are newcomers Shelley Clark in Area 2 and Scott Roberts in Area 3.

SRVUSD Area 2

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Clark, one of two challengers on the ballot, stands out as a dedicated community leader helping support local schools and the district in a variety of volunteer roles, including on the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee, Facilities Oversight Committee, PTAs and Booster groups. She has run a spirited campaign tapping into her experience advocating for students, teachers, parents and the taxpayer at-large. Clark's fresh perspective will help reinvigorate a static board during a critical time.

We commend incumbent Greg Marvel for serving SRVUSD for the past 20 years on the board, always focusing his decision-making on what's best for students. But we view Marvel as an integral part of a school board that has become stagnant in recent years. He also failed to separate himself in our candidate forum, and his campaign overall has sorely lacked public engagement. And as we've written elsewhere this fall, we strongly encourage school districts like SRVUSD to consider term limits capping at 12 years to better ensure the turnover of new ideas.

Priscilla Graft, the other challenger, has run an interesting campaign centered tackling the COVID-19 crisis and rethinking district funding allocations while also being the only Area 2 candidate with children currently in the schools. However, while she has good experience at the PTA level, Graft lacks service time district-wide that is imperative for a school board member. We're concerned about her ability to effectively hit the ground running from day one. We urge Graft to consider serving on a district committee to gain that vital experience.

Vote for Shelley Clark for SRVUSD Board of Education Area 2.

SRVUSD Area 3

In a deep field of three newcomers competing for the seat occupied by outgoing Board Member Mark Jewett, who opted not to seek re-election this year, San Ramon resident Roberts stands above the others.

A San Ramon Valley native and first generation Asian-American, Roberts has an impressive record of public service that includes the city of San Ramon's Parks and Community Services Commission, SRVUSD's Parcel Tax Oversight Committee and the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation Board of Directors. He has the background and the skills to accomplish the comprehensive campaign platform he touts -- top priorities such as education during the pandemic, student wellness, pooling community resources, diversity and inclusion, teacher retention and fiscal sustainability.

District parent Laura Bratt is another strong candidate, campaigning with priorities of transparency, equity and compassion while offering a background that includes the district's LCAP Stakeholder Committee, site council and the local PFLAG chapter. But in a highly competitive election, we give the edge to Roberts based on his depth of public service experience, more developed platform and standout performance at our candidate forum.

Dougherty Valley parent Kumar Nallusamy is also running a passionate campaign focused on supporting students and teachers, promoting transparency and pushing for creative budgeting. His experience includes serving as an alternate on the San Ramon Library Advisory Committee and volunteering in local schools, but it lacks the type of district-level service that we like to see. We had also hoped to hear more detail about how he'd achieve his campaign priorities on the board.

Vote for Scott Roberts for SRVUSD Board of Education Area 3.

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Editorial: Vote Clark for SRVUSD Area 2, Roberts for Area 3

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Uploaded: Sun, Oct 18, 2020, 5:00 pm

This fall marks the first Board of Education election for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District under by-trustee-area voting.

And residents of Area 2 (which includes much of Danville) and Area 3 (primarily the Dougherty Valley in San Ramon) are fortunate to have three eager candidates each from which to choose on their Nov. 3 ballot.

The district is in an important phase as it works to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic -- and its associated impacts on in-person learning and state funding -- all while being under a change of leadership with new Superintendent John Malloy.

Voters should look to capitalize upon this moment of change by electing board members with a range of perspective and a campaign centered around fresh, informed ideas to improve SRVUSD into the future. Those candidates are newcomers Shelley Clark in Area 2 and Scott Roberts in Area 3.

SRVUSD Area 2

Clark, one of two challengers on the ballot, stands out as a dedicated community leader helping support local schools and the district in a variety of volunteer roles, including on the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee, Facilities Oversight Committee, PTAs and Booster groups. She has run a spirited campaign tapping into her experience advocating for students, teachers, parents and the taxpayer at-large. Clark's fresh perspective will help reinvigorate a static board during a critical time.

We commend incumbent Greg Marvel for serving SRVUSD for the past 20 years on the board, always focusing his decision-making on what's best for students. But we view Marvel as an integral part of a school board that has become stagnant in recent years. He also failed to separate himself in our candidate forum, and his campaign overall has sorely lacked public engagement. And as we've written elsewhere this fall, we strongly encourage school districts like SRVUSD to consider term limits capping at 12 years to better ensure the turnover of new ideas.

Priscilla Graft, the other challenger, has run an interesting campaign centered tackling the COVID-19 crisis and rethinking district funding allocations while also being the only Area 2 candidate with children currently in the schools. However, while she has good experience at the PTA level, Graft lacks service time district-wide that is imperative for a school board member. We're concerned about her ability to effectively hit the ground running from day one. We urge Graft to consider serving on a district committee to gain that vital experience.

Vote for Shelley Clark for SRVUSD Board of Education Area 2.

SRVUSD Area 3

In a deep field of three newcomers competing for the seat occupied by outgoing Board Member Mark Jewett, who opted not to seek re-election this year, San Ramon resident Roberts stands above the others.

A San Ramon Valley native and first generation Asian-American, Roberts has an impressive record of public service that includes the city of San Ramon's Parks and Community Services Commission, SRVUSD's Parcel Tax Oversight Committee and the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation Board of Directors. He has the background and the skills to accomplish the comprehensive campaign platform he touts -- top priorities such as education during the pandemic, student wellness, pooling community resources, diversity and inclusion, teacher retention and fiscal sustainability.

District parent Laura Bratt is another strong candidate, campaigning with priorities of transparency, equity and compassion while offering a background that includes the district's LCAP Stakeholder Committee, site council and the local PFLAG chapter. But in a highly competitive election, we give the edge to Roberts based on his depth of public service experience, more developed platform and standout performance at our candidate forum.

Dougherty Valley parent Kumar Nallusamy is also running a passionate campaign focused on supporting students and teachers, promoting transparency and pushing for creative budgeting. His experience includes serving as an alternate on the San Ramon Library Advisory Committee and volunteering in local schools, but it lacks the type of district-level service that we like to see. We had also hoped to hear more detail about how he'd achieve his campaign priorities on the board.

Vote for Scott Roberts for SRVUSD Board of Education Area 3.

Comments

Danville
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Danville
on Oct 19, 2020 at 7:11 am
Danville, Danville
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on Oct 19, 2020 at 7:11 am
5 people like this

I am NOT going to vote for Shelley Clark. Her campaign brochures stress that she is endorsed by the California Democratic Party and the Contra Costa County Democratic Party. This is a non-partisan position, and the last thing we need in our schools is someone forcing their political views on our students. Our local schools should be above politics, and welcome everyone, and not force their political views on others. It is ironic that this publication attacked Mr.Timmons who is running for town council for noting his political views in running for a non-partisan position, but you ignore that fact when it comes to Shelley Clark. It just shows this publication has no credibility and is just basing recommendations on political views.

Moreover, Shelley Clark's brochures [removed as inaccurate] but yet she is running for a position on our local school board. Anyone serving on our school board should have at least a degree from a 4 year college, and preferably a Masters Degree or other advanced degree, not someone [removed]. Yet, your publication does not mention that fact. Clearly, she is just a plant for the teachers union, who will bankrupt our school district and give them whatever they want.


Danielle
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San Ramon
on Oct 19, 2020 at 9:21 am
Danielle, San Ramon
Registered user
on Oct 19, 2020 at 9:21 am
6 people like this

I disagree - - I think Laura Bratt would be the significantly much better candidate. She is an actual parent that is actively involved in the actual issues. Roberts is working from the outside in. He has lots of community contacts but little actual experience in the school district itself. Laura stands out as a much stronger candidate when it comes to understanding the needs of the kids, being involved in their world and having their trust. She is compassionate and understanding and I will take any day over a guy who has made political friends.


Gina M Channell, Publisher
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Danville
on Oct 19, 2020 at 11:22 am
Gina M Channell, Publisher, Danville
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on Oct 19, 2020 at 11:22 am
8 people like this

@Danville - Our editorial board mentioned that local races are non-partisan regarding Timmons in the Danville Town Council endorsement editorial because he made it an issue during the candidates' forum. He said that bringing the views of a political leaning to the council was one of his priorities. Clark, on the other hand, said nothing about political party or views.

@the plethora of people asking that Danville's post be removed: There is nothing that we can see that is factually inaccurate except the portion removed. (Clark has training as a court reporter.)

The snarky comment about the teachers' union can't be proved either way. Moreover, we hope our readers will see it as a snarky comment that is actually more disparaging about the teachers' union than Clark --- and very telling about how SRVUSD stakeholders feel about the teachers' union if they are saying it's negative (defamatory even) to be aligned with the union.

We encourage @plethora to post their thoughts on our thread as well.


Helga Glasson
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Alamo
on Oct 19, 2020 at 2:53 pm
Helga Glasson, Alamo
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on Oct 19, 2020 at 2:53 pm
24 people like this

This article shows the importance of experience within the district on many levels from elementary to secondary and the importance that someone like Shelley Clark has in colloborating with the district, teachers and their union, students/parents and working together with the Board. I've seen over more than 10 years of Shelley's work while my 3 daughters went through the SRV school district. Actually seeing the work someone has done first hand, shows the importance that I have in supporting Shelley for this position.

I think it's also offensive to think that her endorsements make her biased (she has worked 12 years in the district for all students and politics have never entered into it) or her education has any significance to how she will represent her community. There are many community members doing wonderful things in our schools without degrees or advanced degrees, that's a very entitled approach for those commenting that and not even using their real name.

All of Shelley's endorsements, including the teachers (who are represented by the union as a whole) think she is the most qualified to make tough decisions and they trust her. She is also endorsed by many individuals from all parties.

Everyone can vote how they want, but to comment derogatory and false statements about a candidate is unacceptable behavior. We can all do better.


Carol Danvers
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Danville
on Oct 19, 2020 at 6:35 pm
Carol Danvers, Danville
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on Oct 19, 2020 at 6:35 pm
2 people like this

Ms. Clark's largest plank [removed pending verification -- request commenter send documentation to [email protected]]


danvillebridge
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Danville
on Oct 19, 2020 at 8:31 pm
danvillebridge, Danville
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on Oct 19, 2020 at 8:31 pm
18 people like this

Thank you for your endorsement of Shelley Clark. I first met Shelley when we both served as parent representatives on the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee, which she chaired. We then continued to work together in other capacities, as PTSA board members for our respective schools, collaborating on such issues as student wellness and saving 7th period. Shelley has the perspective and experience in dealing with the District, BOE, parents; she has the knowledge of not only how our district is funded and operates, but also how the individual school sites work and parent organizations support them. In the years I have known and worked with Shelley, I have watched her tangle with both district and union leadership, as well as the BOE itself. She takes the time and initiative to study issues, seeks out information and opinions from all stakeholders and is not beholden to any party, rather bases her decisions on what's ultimately best for the safety and wellbeing of our students.


Carol Danvers
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Danville
on Oct 20, 2020 at 7:52 am
Carol Danvers, Danville
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on Oct 20, 2020 at 7:52 am
4 people like this

Why is the newspaper censoring anything about Ms Clark and her connection to SRVEA? Everything posted before is backed by documentation from the FPPC. Ms. Clark's main position is passing Prop 15 and that position has yielded her thousands of dollars in in-kind donations from various unions (portion removed pending verification). This is fact and if I could post the supporting documents here, I would. Ms. Clark is also supporting (removed pending verification ) The bias here is unbelievable to have a newspaper removing factual comments because it's not positive toward their prefered candidate.


Carol Danvers
Registered user
Danville
on Oct 20, 2020 at 7:56 am
Carol Danvers, Danville
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on Oct 20, 2020 at 7:56 am
2 people like this

Look up FPPC ID# 193626341 San Ramon Valley Education Association PAC and see for yourself the donations for over $10,000 for mailers which also touted voting for Prop 15. Trying to censor the truth here is just proving the bias.


Terry Church
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Danville
on Oct 20, 2020 at 9:10 am
Terry Church, Danville
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on Oct 20, 2020 at 9:10 am
10 people like this

I have known Shelley for years through our service together on the SRVUSD FOAC Committee. She is absolutely dedicated to quality education and is a seasoned advocate for our students. We need Shelley on the School Board for her energy and passion. I urge all to vote for Shelley for School Board.


Gina M Channell, Publisher
Registered user
San Ramon
on Oct 20, 2020 at 9:10 am
Gina M Channell, Publisher, San Ramon
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on Oct 20, 2020 at 9:10 am
8 people like this

@Carol - nothing factual has been deleted. Feel free to send me information at [email protected] Ramon.com. It’s quite a stretch to say that a candidate is being supported by antifa.


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