Dublin School Board Candidates Square Off to Debate Public Education Priorities (Video)
DUBLIN, CA–OneDublin.org hosted the candidates for Dublin School Board last night before a full room in the Dublin Unified School District Board Room to debate public education priorities (video from the event is included below). With the November 8th election day rapidly approaching, a platform was provided for all seven candidates that are vying for four open seats. The event was moderated by OneDublin.org Founder James Morehead.
There are two opportunities for candidates:
- There is one “short seat” which is currently held by incumbent Sameer Hakim. Mr. Hakim was appointed into this position upon the resignation of Trustee Sean Kenney. The term is for two years and is being contested by Dan Cherrier.
- There are three open “regular seats” which constitute four year terms. Running for re-election are Trustees Dan Cunningham and Amy Miller, contested by three additional candidates : Gabrielle Blackman, Joe Giannini and Xiaozhao (Betty) Zhuang.
Seven questions (see below), based in part on suggestions provided by the community, were posed to all of the candidates with the order drawn at random. Additionally, the order for both opening and closing statements were drawn blindly just prior to the debate. OneDublin.org hosted the forum to provide the community an opportunity to acquaint themselves with all seven candidates. We will provide a more detailed analysis that includes candidate statements in a subsequent post.
With four of five seats in play, and seven candidates, this election could result in a significant change to the composition of the DUSD Board of Trustees.
Below is full video from the event, divided into separate segments by question (but otherwise un-edited):
Question 1: School overcrowding at multiple school sites was listed as a key concern in questions received from the community. How will you address the challenges of overcrowding while maintaining a high quality of education?
Question 2: The community has supported multiple bond measures and parcel taxes in support of Dublin public education. What will be your priorities for both investing the bond money recently approved, and ensuring DUSD is fiscally solvent?
Question 3: We also received questions about serving the needs of all students, including those with special needs and learning disabilities. How will you address the needs of these students?
Question 4: The most recent bond measure set several priorities, most notably building a second comprehensive high school. What is your plan to fulfill this commitment?
Question 5: What role should the district play in helping students manage stress, balance academic and non-academic activities and regularly achieve a full night’s sleep?
Question 6: We received questions about the relationship between the District, the City and developers. How will you approach this relationship?
Question 7: What do you view as the greatest strength of Dublin schools that you want to reinforce, and the greatest weakness that you want to address?