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Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Denise Ramon Herrera

Retired Executive Assistant
9,522 votes (20%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Involve the community, parents, students and staff in developing a common vision for the district focused on learning and achievement and responsive to the needs of all students.
  • Adopt, evaluate and update policies consistent with the law and the district’s vision and goals.
  • Maintain accountability for student learning by adopting the district curriculum and monitoring student progress and ensure that a safe and appropriate educational environment is provided to all students.



Profession:Public School Advocate | Community Leader
Member, Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District Parcel Tax Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2016–current)
Member, Santa Clara County Committee on School District Organization - Supervisorial District 1 — Elected position (2017–current)
Member, Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District Budget Advisory Committee — Appointed position (2017–current)
Member, Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2016–current)
Chairperson, Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School Citizens' Parcel Tax Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2017–2018)
Executive Assistant to Superintendent and Board of Trustees, Los Gatos Union School District (2010–2015)
Administrative Assistant to Chief Business Official, Los Gatos Union School District (1982–2010)
Administrative Assistant to Chief Business Official, Lemoore Union High School District (1980–1982)
Administrative Assistant - Projects Department, General Electric Nuclear Energy Department (1975–1978)

Community Activities

Director at Large, The History Club of Los Gatos (a non-profit community, philanthropic organization) (2016–current)
Director II, Los Gatos Lions Club (2016–current)
Disaster Response Volunteer, American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter (2009–current)
Disaster Response Volunteer, Mountain Emergency Response Corps (2009–current)
Disaster Service Worker, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) (2007–current)


In 1959 our family relocated from Buffalo, NY to the “Valley of Hearts Delight”. We attended public schools in the Franklin-McKinley School District and the East Side Union High School District. Our beloved parents led by example and encouraged their four sons and three daughters to excel in academics, sports, and the arts. I chose to attend Heald College, two of the notable alumni is A.P. Giannini cofounder of Bank of America and Michael H. de Young newspaper publisher and museum founder.

I married my husband George in 1978 in San Jose, we were stationed at the United States Naval Base Subic Bay Philippines for two years. He served at Naval Air Station Cubi Point as a Second Class Petty Officer Air Traffic Control. I was a member of the Navy Wives Club, we served the community and welcomed the “Boat People” from Vietnam. I was co-director of the dance team of students who attended Binictican School. 

Our son Joseph was born overseas and is a graduate of Los Gatos High School class of 1997. Our daughter Christine is also a graduate of Los Gatos High School class of 2003. They are successful at their careers due to the district’s strong academic and supportive programs. Joseph is a Professional Air Traffic Controller and Christine is the Outreach Director at Los Gatos Ballet. 

My professional career in public school business began in 1980 at the Lemoore Union High School District. My husband was stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore as a First Class Petty Officer Air Traffic Control. I was the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Business Official and we managed a budget of $4M. From 1982 to 2015 I was employed at the Los Gatos Union School District (LGUSD). 

The accomplishments of LGUSD during my tenure are many; the establishment of the Foundation, the implementation of the collection of Developer Fees, the successful elections of Parcel Tax and General Obligation Bonds, Imagine LGUSD 2022 (a 10-year district-wide facilities master plan), Sustainability Plan for Educational Technology for Student Devices, community summits, including Safe Routes to School, the installation of Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) at all five schools, and the modernization of schools including the complete rebuild of Lexington Elementary School. The District prospered because of the strong leadership of the administration team, teachers, and staff. I happily retired on December 1, 2015 as the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Trustees.

Workshops and Conferences attended:

Association of California of School Administrators (ASCA) Workshop – Classified Educational Leaders

California School Boards Association Workshops (CSBA) – Governance, Brown Act, Board Policies and Administrative Regulations

California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) Workshops – Measuring School Risks 7.25.18, Chief Business Official Boot Camp 2.1.18-2.3.18, Annual Conference 4.5.18-4.7.18, Professional Development Institute, The Role of Ethics in School Business

Capitol Advisors – Budget Perspectives Workshops: May Revision 2018-19, Budget Act 2018-19

Keenan & Associates – Workers’ Compensation Symposium and Legal Panel Discussion

Kelling, Northcross & Nobriga – School Finance Conference 

Lozano Smith Law Firm Workshops – Janus v. AFSCME and SB 866 7.11.18, Facilities and Business Consortium, Purchasing, Bidding, Developer Fees, Construction, Contractors, Contracts (drafting and negotiating), Use of Facilities

Miller Brown & Dannis Workshops – Charter School Consortium, Developer Fees, School Construction: Prequalification, Bidding, Construction Contracts, Architect and Consultant Contracts, CEQA Compliance, Lease-Leaseback, Construction Claims, Terminating Construction Contracts

Santa Clara County Schools’ Insurance Group – Sexual Harassment Prevention 

Santa Clara County Office of Education – Revenue Limit Workshop

School Innovations & Achievement Workshops – Budget Perspectives, Governor’s Budget Act

School Services of California Inc. Workshops – Budget, Facilities, Funding, May Revision, School Construction, School Finance & Management Conference

Stanford University School of Education – Financing California Schools

I served as one of the campaign leaders for the Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District Measure A - Parcel Tax 2016 renewal. I am a member of the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) and continue my professional development through seminars, conferences, boot camps, onsite training and online learning on the topics of educational leadership in all K-14 business disciplines. CASBO aggressively advocates for sound policy in the areas of school business and finance for the benefit of public education. I serve as an elected official on the Santa Clara County Committee on School District Organization -Supervisorial District 1.

I am very involved in the community and school district; Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, Los Gatos Ballet Foundation, Los Gatos Music in the Park Leadership Team, Los Gatos Lions Club, The History Club of Los Gatos, and serve on three Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District Oversight Committees. I am a recent graduate of Leadership Los Gatos. I would be honored by your vote on November 6, 2018.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Patti Hughes, Vice Principal Los Gatos High School (retired)
  • Alex Leman, Chief Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire & Rescue
  • Carol Musser, Community Leader

Elected Officials (4)

  • Theresa Bond, Governing Board Member Lakeside Joint School District
  • Roger Mason, former Governing Board Member Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District
  • Rob Rennie, Mayor Town of Los Gatos
  • John Lochner, former Mayor Town of Los Gatos

Individuals (18)

  • Jeff Benjamin, Founder & CEO of Facilitron and Community Member
  • Kathy Tumason, Community Member
  • Ellen Foster Tipton, CBO - Saratoga Union School District (retired)
  • Cassie Maas, Realtor - Alain Pinel Realtors
  • Mark Gay, Public Safety Officer City of Sunnyvale (retired) Mountain Community Resident
  • Leslie Paulides, former CBO - Los Gatos Union School District
  • Jean Krcik, Los Gatos Senior Distinction Honoree 2018
  • Diana Pleasant, Teacher Los Gatos High School (retired)
  • Gary Fowler, Owner of Preferred Image Los Gatos
  • Kyle Park, Governing Board Member Los Gatos Saratoga Recreation
  • Linda Latasa, CBO - Los Gatos Union School District (retired)
  • Tam McCarty, Town of Los Gatos Police Officer (retired)
  • Cynthia Shieh, CBO - Los Gatos Union School District (retired)
  • Alice and Eric Hanson, Community Members
  • Christine Herrera, Outreach Director - Los Gatos Ballet Foundation
  • Teri Hope, President - Los Gatos Music and Arts
  • Randi Chen, former Director of Los Gatos High School New Millennial Foundation
  • Catherine C. Sommers, Executive Director of Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

After serving in an administrative role for California public schools for 35 years, I decided to run for school board because I am passionate about giving back to my community. I moved to the mountain community so my children Joseph and Christine could attend quality schools.

As a public school advocate and community leader I am committed to continue the excellent academic and innovative programs the district offers, while representing the diverse interests of all students. 

While future school funding remains uncertain, I will do the utmost to maintain a quality education for all students, high achieving and special needs, alike.

I bring the experience, knowledge, training, and commitment to serve on the Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District Governing Board and would be honored by your vote. ·



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