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Various school district boards

This letter is to endorse the candidacy of Jerry Martin for the Grass Valley School Board. Jerry was my neighbor for 10 years when he lived in Hawaii, where he was developing his innovative program using videos to teach students many skills, including building self-esteem. I know him to be a committed, caring, and innovative man who would bring many valuable skills to the important position for which he seeks your vote. I urge you to support him in the coming election.

Jon Lomberg

Honaunau, Hawaii

I’m running for Grass Valley School Board. Starting with teaching in the Peace Corps, I’ve been professionally involved in education for 36 years. I produce “Saluting New Readers,” which builds self-esteem and motivates our kids to love reading by putting them on local TV. For six years I’ve worked here as a volunteer with many fine teachers.

I believe my opponents are good and our schools are excellent. I practice common sense, cooperation and innovation. I advocate for teachers, who deserve more support and respect, and for the development of the whole child. I’ll bring creativity, experience and desire to the job.

Jerry Martin

Grass Valley

Jerry Martin’s election to the Grass Valley School Board can benefit your children through his experience with improving self-esteem. His program “Saluting New Readers” gives young children a boost to their very precious self-images and involves the community and parents in the future – their children. Jerry has been teaching his main program, “Active Video as a Teaching Tool,” for 12 years to teachers all over California. This gives him a good view of the workings of California school boards. His excellent experience can benefit the Grass Valley School Board. Elect Jerry Martin. I have known Jerry 31 years.

Lana Parker

Captain Cook, HI

The Pleasant Ridge Union School District, which includes most of Alta Sierra and all the south county, has three positions open for the board of trustees. As an involved parent since 1991, I’ve been fortunate to work with Jay Betz, Carol Brady and Liz Rhodes. There’s no question that they are the best people to invigorate this important board. These intelligent, hard-working parents are deeply dedicated; they’ve chaired various committees, kept small sports programs alive, interacted with children, and much more. Our school district is one of the best in the state; with these three individuals, it can only get better.

Sherry Skaja Michener

Alta Sierra

It’s about kids. Rhodes, Brady and Betz are active, articulate, concerned parents who deserve your vote for a seat on the Pleasant Ridge School board. I have been an involved parent in the district for over 12 years. Board members who are involved daily in the district and who are parents have been an under-represented minority. The choice is obvious: Rhodes, Brady and Betz. It’s about kids.

James Michener

Alta Sierra

Fifteen years ago, my wife and I moved to Alta Sierra to raise our then three young children in what we considered to be one of the best school districts in California.

We have been very active in our children’s education and have felt they received the best education available. We are grateful. This November we believe our community has the choice to continue to keep our high standards by electing three very special individuals in Jay Betz, Carol Brady and Liz Rhodes. I hope you will join my wife and I in voting for the educational team.

Bill and Karen Barker

Grass Valley

The sample ballot for the November election lists seven candidate for trustees for the Pleasant Ridge School District. One candidate has no resume. I asked the candidate, Jo Ann Bothwell, a well-qualified candidate, why. The reason was that the county would charge $180 for printing the resume in the blank space provided. I believe it is wrong to make such a charge for anyone running for a nonpaying, time- consuming office. Without having this information provided in the sample ballot, it is a disservice to the voters, as they can’t compare qualification of all the candidates.

James T. Morgan

Lake of the Pines

The Nevada Union High School Teachers Association recently and overwhelmingly voted to endorse Lorraine Plagge for the NJUHSD Board of Trustees. Lorraine is a proven community leader who is running for the school board for all the right reasons. She has no hidden agendas. She is committed to being objective while making decisions that will place classroom instruction first. We encourage the community at large to vote for Lorraine Plagge on Nov. 5.

Sven Ostrom

Grass Valley

My wife and I have known JoAnn Bothwell for over 10 years and plan to vote for her for Pleasant Ridge School board trustee. While being a teacher, she raised three daughters and has been a mother to eight foster children. JoAnn has served as a 4-H leader and run a youth camp, along with holding office in community organizations in the city of Washington, Nevada City and Alta Sierra.

The welfare of all students is her main goal, and she will work hard to make school and our community a healthy and good place for our youth. She cares!

Patrick Noland

Grass Valley

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