MEET THE CANDIDATES: Grass Valley School District Board of Trustees |

MEET THE CANDIDATES: Grass Valley School District Board of Trustees

The Union staff
Andrea Aanestad Bradley
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In advance of the November general election, The Union reached out to area candidates, asking each why they’re running for office, what’s the biggest challenge facing their district and how they would address it.

The following are responses from three candidates who seek a seat on the Grass Valley School District Board of Trustees. (Don Branson, a candidate also running for the school district board, did not respond to The Union).

Andrea M. Aanestad Bradley

Age: 40

Hometown: Pittsburg, CA

Occupation: Homemaker/educator

Why are you running for office?

As an educator and a parent of students currently attending our district schools, I have a vested interest in the success of our public school system and the policies that impact our learners, their families, and our staff. As a school board member, I look forward to the opportunity to work with a variety of people while learning more about the needs of our schools and guiding the policies that make our schools successful.

What is the most important issue your district faces and how would you address it?

I think an important issue for our district is how to retain and grow our student population while providing quality and competitive programs in the face of budget challenges. I look forward to working with the members of our school district to develop and support innovative and resourceful solutions for the needs of our public schools.

Lisa Jarvis

Age: 49

Hometown: Grass Valley

Occupation: Business owner/photographer

Facebook: Lisa Jarvis for Grass Valley School District Board of Trustees.

Why are you running for office?

I am currently an appointed member of the Board for Grass Valley School District. I taught in the GVSD for 10 years, all three of my children graduated from GVSD, and I am currently a business owner in downtown Grass Valley. I have a keen interest in the education of the children in our community and want to help to continue to make Grass Valley School District an amazing educational experience for the student. Our district has many choices that make it an excellent place for all types of learners to get the best education possible.

What are the most important issues our district faces and how would I address it?

Our district has been very frugal with how they spend money on repairing the aging school sites. The Board approved a bond to update all school facilities and we have an obligation to the public that voted to pass it, to make smart decisions on how and when the money is spent. It is a service to our students to be safe, comfortable, and have access to the latest technology to compete in our current world. Having been a teacher, I know firsthand how all of these topics intertwine to help students succeed. Teaching to all types of learners is a goal for our district, as well, and we are addressing ways to bring students up to state standards. We have ongoing programs that we are continually monitoring to continue bringing all students’ success with the standards up to grade level.

Jeanne Michael

Age: 55

Hometown: Watsonville

Occupation: Business owner

Why are you running for office?

While I was a parent of children in the Grass Valley Schools, I served on school site councils, in parent clubs, worked as a volunteer teacher’s aide, and have developed a strong commitment to this district. During the eight years I have already served on the board, including one as president, the District has faced many challenges, primarily due to the economic climate. Despite these challenges, the board has been very innovative and creative in supporting the education and welfare of children and their families. We also successfully passed Measure D to fund much needed repairs and modernization of our facilities. I choose to run for the Board because my two children are now very successful adults, thanks in large part to the Grass Valley elementary schools. As a board member I will continue to devote the time and energy this community deserves; keeping in mind the goals of continuing fiscal prudence while making strides toward improving student performance and creating a healthy and stimulating learning environment.

What is the most important issue your district faces and how would you address it?

In the immediate future, we fully expect that virtually all the work outlined in the Measure D prospectus will be completed within the mandated three year timeline. This schedule is exceptionally ambitious and requires full attention of the board. After serving on the facilities committee for the past five years, I am distinctly familiar with the construction, repair and modernization projects. I will continue to communicate with my fellow board members to be sure we all have complete understanding of the projects and impetus behind them. Most school districts are facing budgetary challenges caused by the requirement to fund previously unfunded pension liabilities. As a board member, I will continue to seek creative solutions to help adhere to a fiscally responsible budget.

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