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Santa Clara County, CA November 7, 2000 Election
Governing Board Member; Whisman School District

Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues

The questions were prepared by the Los Altos - Mountain View League of Women Voters and asked of all candidates for this office.

See below for questions on Top priorities

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1. How would you implement your top 3 priorities for the District? Please include specifics and how you plan to involve the school community.

Answer from Frances R. "Fran" Kruss:

I am a good listener. I approach issues with questions:
-"How is this going to effect our children and their education?"
-"How is the staff going to be effected?"
-"What process was used to reach this decicion/outcome?"
-"How much will it cost?" Where are we going to get the funding?"
-"What are our priorities?" Our Strategic Plan should reflect these priorities.
-"Are we making decisions based on our priorities?" Children First!

Involving parents, staff, community (including businesses), and administrators, will assist the board to understand their needs and concerns. Having an "Open Door" policy that would provide easier access to board members. Perhaps have "office hours" at the school sites. Definitely the Whisman School District Board could have three to four new members in December 2000. We will all need your assistance in providing us with input as we need to make decisions for the Whisman School District. Vote: "Kruss for Kids!"

Answer from Juan C. Aranda, Jr.:

I would create a Task Force from both Districts, business leaders, and the community to study in depth the actual Programs and Curricula in the new merged District; to incorporate not only the present information available within, but also possibly outside the District. There should then be enough data available to choose the best curriculum and programs for our children.

Once these curriculum is in place and our programs expanded, in order to be inclusive; we must take every step necessary to avail our parents of this information and assist the child whichever way we can to help in its assimilation.

As a Board Member, it is my obligation to present my ideas to my fellow Board Members and mutually agree on a course of action to take.

I would reach out to the parents, business leaders; military personnel, retired and elderly residents; and every entity living or doing business in Mountain View and ask them to assist us in educating our children; through their experiences, time, effor and money. I would ask them all to join hands in educating our children, our future.

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