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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Board Member — La Honda/Pescadero Unified School District

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Candidates

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Mary Windram

former educator
Top 3 Priorities
  1. To help all facets of our community work together...
  2. To help our district utilize its small size to its...
  3. To bring a collective vision to the future of education...
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Cindy Hayes

I am a homemaker who has lived with...
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Maintain fiscal responsibility and balanced budgets.
  2. Ensure continuing educational excellence for all students...
  3. Foster a love of learning and health that students...
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Lynne Bowman

Author/Publisher
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Improving communications between the district, parents,...
  2. Conducting board business with more professionalism,...
  3. Assuring that the district's bond-funded building...
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Catherine M. Peery

Pension Consultant
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Improved communication between the the School District...
  2. Improved communication between teachers, administration,...
  3. Enrichment in regard to creative writing, media arts,...
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Retired Educator / Grandparent
930 votes (31.5%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To help all facets of our community work together for the common good of all our children
  • To help our district utilize its small size to its greatest potential
  • To bring a collective vision to the future of education in our unique area

Experience

Experience

Profession:former educator
Shop Assistant and Tour Guide, Harley Goat Farm (2015–current)
Teacher, Roeper School (1981–2010)
Teacher, Waterford Public Schools (1979–1981)
Teacher, Collegiate School for Girls (1972–1975)
Teacher, Flint Community Schools (1968–1970)

Education

Oakland University M.A. in Reading , reading (1982)
Ohio State University; Oakland University B.S. in Education; M.A. in Reading from Oakland University, education and reading (1981)
Ohio State University Bachelor of Science in Education, education (1968)

Community Activities

Volunteer, Pescadero Elementary School (2016–2016)
Volunteer , Clarkston Area Youth Assistance tutoring program (2010–2014)

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Mary Windram:

Understanding the local control formula for school spending myself will be the first step.  Finding meaningful language with which to explain it would be the second. Then, talking with people who have qustions/concerns would be the best way of helping people understand how we are funded.

Because we area basic aid district, measurements of outcomes have been on-going, and the district is, rightfully, proud of its successes. Sharing the information that has already been gathered and that which will be gathered, would be my approach to ensuring that the public understands the progress our schools have made and will continue to make.

Political Beliefs

My political philosophy is simply that we are responsible for each other.  We are meant to share ourselves and to help those less fortunate. We need to embrace each other in ways that are respectful of beliefs and of all the cultures among which we live. Finding compromise is essential if we are to move forward.  That means we need to be aware of and thoughtful of all issues that come our way.  The answer should always be, what is best for the group of people I represent.  

This, for me, implies a need for transparency, for being able to articulate problems, and for being able to work with others who maight see things very differently.  It means going out of one's own comfort level and learning to look through a different set of lenses. It means being able to say that I disagree because of the following reasons.  It also means I don't get my way on everything. It means listening actively to what is being said, both on a superficial level and on a deeper, sometimes unarticulated, level. It means answering questions people have to the best of my ability and it means always being respectful of everyone.

Candidate Contact Info

Email mary.windram@gmail.com
Homemaker
708 votes (24%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Maintain fiscal responsibility and balanced budgets.
  • Ensure continuing educational excellence for all students and continued improvement of services for underserved and special needs students and their families.
  • Foster a love of learning and health that students will carry past highschool and into the future as successful and contributory members of their communities.

Experience

Experience

Profession:I am a homemaker who has lived with my husband Ryan, and son Thomas in La Honda since 2012.
Various Administration, AT&T (2000–2011)

Education

Northeast Mississippi Community College, Booneville, MS Associate of Arts (A.A.), Liberal Arts (1999)

Community Activities

Volunteer, Art In Action (2012–2013)
Treasurer & Vice President, Homeowners Association, Saratoga Town Homes, Sacramento, CA (2006–2008)

Candidate Contact Info

Email cindyhayes305@yahoo.com
Author / Publisher
674 votes (22.8%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Improving communications between the district, parents, and community
  • Conducting board business with more professionalism, more strategically
  • Assuring that the district's bond-funded building program is managed competently

Experience

Experience

Profession:Author/Publisher
President, The Pescadero Foundation — Elected position (2004–current)
Principal, Lynne Bowman Creative Services (1987–2009)
Associate Creative Director, Battenberg, Fillhardt & Wright (1980–1986)

Education

UCLA, Art Center School (Los Angeles) Pictorial Arts (1968)

Community Activities

Project Leader, Grant Writer, Pescadero Community Church Restoration (2000–2004)

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Lynne Bowman:

By creating a more welcoming environment for community particpants at District Board meetings, we can do a better job of communicating our vision, goals and objectives, as well as the intricacies of funding and measuring outcomes. 

Candidate Contact Info

Email lynne@lynnebowman.com
Pension Consultant
643 votes (21.8%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Improved communication between the the School District and the Nonprofits in the Community who want to support school programs.
  • Improved communication between teachers, administration, and the community;
  • Enrichment in regard to creative writing, media arts, and school format radio, including broadcast journalism instruction

Experience

Experience

Profession:Pension Consultant
Representative from District 3, Pescadero Municipal Advisory Council — Elected position (2001–2012)

Education

American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries Certified Pension Consultant, ERISA regulations (1995)
Holy Names University B.A. , Major in Biology, minor in Chemistry (1968)

Biography

 

Member, Pescadero Municpal Advisory Council (PMAC), from 2001 through 2012

 

My main focus on PMAC was to improve and foster the relationship between PMAC and the County Board of Supervisors, County Departments and outside stakeholders who had an impact on our community.

 

Owner/CEO,  Peery & Associates, Inc.  1997-to present

 

Peery & Associates, Inc. manages retirement plans for businesses, nonprofit organizations, cities, and associations.

 

Treasurer,  Butano Canyon Mutual Water Company, 1994 – 2000, and again 2012 to present.  I am blessed to live in Butano Canyon on the outskirts of Pescadero and feel an obligation to give back to my community, and to understand its water system and roads.

 

I’ve lived in Pescadero since July 1989.  I’ve been here for the disasters:  the earthquake and freeze of 1989, the flood and mudslides of February, 1998.  I have experienced first-hand how neighbors come together in times of need. 

 

Treasurer, Pescadero Foundation since 2001.  The Foundation sponsored our first big town planning workshop in 2004.  I have been very motivated to solve the affordable housing crisis in our community for teachers ever since we lost two very good teachers here in the late 90’s due to commute issues.

 

The community is now preparing for a new town planning process, and I am involved in that as well.  Again, teacher housing is one of the primary motivators for me, but the needs of farmers for workforce housing has also become critical.

 

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Catherine M. Peery:

Informing the public, and fostering better communication between the School District and members of the community is an important priority for me.  One approach I hope to take is participating in a local radio news show that would keep parents, teachers, and the community at large informed of any major issue being addressed by the District or within the District by its stakeholders.

Political Beliefs

The basic philosophy I bring to this position is simply to value, support and facilitate respectful and transparent communication between all involved to help solve some serious problems, including lack of funding for the programs we need, lack of certain types of support for teachers and the administration, and the lack of a process within the District for soliciting, vetting, and incorporating the willing support of nonprofits and others for school programs that would help retain students, support teachers, and relieve administrative burdens. 

Candidate Contact Info

Email catherine@ben-e-fit.com

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