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Santa Clara County, CA November 7, 2000 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Althea Polanski

Candidate for
Governing Board Member; Milpitas Unified School District

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Let me take this opportunity to thank the citizens of Milpitas for their support and encouragement over the years. It has been my pleasure to serve as your Trustee. I also want to thank my family and many friends who have worked hard on my behalf over the past several months. Thank you! The following provides additional information about myself.

Althea Polanski has been a Milpitas resident for 24 years. Her two children, Charles Martin (Marty) and Nicole Ann attended Milpitas public schools and both graduated from Milpitas High School. Marty is a graduate of UCLA and Nicole is currently attending Sonoma State University. Althea has been an active member of the Milpitas community since moving here in 1976.

Althea Polanski has a long history of community involvement and service. Accountability, achievement and success for every child attending Milpitas schools continutes to be Althea's highest priority. Ms. Polanski believes that we are all life-long learners.

The following information briefly summarizes her experience, qualifications and commitment to the future of Milpitas.

Experience:

  • Milpitas Board of Education President, 1998-Present
  • Milpitas School Board Member, 1983, Past president (5 years), Vice President (5 years), Clerk (2 Years)
  • Milpitas Community Advisory Commissioner, 1997-Present
  • Metropolitan Education (MetroEd) District Board Member, 1996-Present
  • MetroEd Board President, 1998-Present
  • City/School District Monthly Communication Committee, 1990-Present
  • Appointed to City of Milpitas Subcommittee for School District Mitigation (Developer Fees), Vice Chairperson, 1996
  • Appointed to City of Milpitas Community Committee to Interview City Attorney Applicants, 1993

Community Service:
  • Milpitas Chair, 2000 Relay for Life (American Cancer Society), raised approximately $90,000
  • Milpitas Historical Society, Past President and Founding Member, 1979-Present
  • Milpitas Junior Women's Club, Past President and Founding Member, 1977
  • Milpitas Foundation for Education, Treasurer and Founding Member, 1990-Present
  • Friends of the Milpitas Library, Member, 1990-Present Milpitas Alliance for the Arts, Supporting Member, 1998-Present
  • Milpitas Chamber of Commerce, Associate Member, 1985-Present
  • Greenbelt Alliance, Supporting Member, 1998
  • Save Our Milpitas Hills, Supporting Member, 1998
  • 1994 Milpitas Citizen of the Year
  • Sunnyhills Breakfast Club, 1985-Present
  • Milpitas High School Athletic Booster Club Sponsor, 1989-Present

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