Meet the candidates

Compiled by Karen Billing

On Nov. 4, San Dieguito Union School District members can vote on the two seats up for election on the five-person board of trustees. Three candidates are running to fill the positions, including the current board president Beth Hergesheimer, the current vice president Joyce Dalessandro and newcomer Michael Klein, a dentist from Encinitas. Here is a look at the candidates:

Beth Hergesheimer

Beth Hergesheimer is currently board president of the San Dieguito Union High School District. She is a 13-year San Diego resident.

Q: What about this district makes it stand out?

A: Our students are high performing, our parents are involved, our teachers are highly qualified, and our staff is committed to doing their jobs well. Our board is passionate about doing right by our students. All facets of the district really want to work together, and I think our results and reputation reflect this.

Q: What do you feel are the biggest issues facing the school district?

Fair and adequate state funding is a key issue for the public school system. Ongoing state budget concerns and under-funded state and federally mandated programs are additional financial burdens that require our district continue to be fiscally frugal, keeping money as close to the classroom as possible while continuing to seek more stable and equitable funding. The current State fiscal situation has required ever more diligence by our district regarding budget, expenditures, and programs. There is still much to be accomplished and there are many challenges to face.

Q: What can you bring to the board as a member?

A: I bring four years of experience, including completing the California School Board Association's Masters in Governance Program. I also believe that my human resources experience is valuable, as a school district is really a very human resources-intense enterprise. Lastly, I have always been able to ask good questions and synthesize information well, and will put my full efforts into making the best decisions possible for all of the students, families and residents of our district.

Q: If elected, do you have the time to devote to issues facing the district?

A: Absolutely. I believe one of my strengths is the time I devote to being available to district families and present at school and district events. I hope to increase my involvement in representing our district to our legislators as we work through state and district budgetary issues.

Occupation:

Human resources in hospital, manufacturing and engineering settings

School District experience:

Flora Vista Elementary Health and Safety chairperson, PTA president, pre-school advisory committee member and San Dieguito Union High School District member since 2004.

Children in District:

Two sons attended district schools and another is currently enrolled in the district.

Michael Klein

Michael Klein, a 13-year Encinitas resident is seeking a seat on the San Dieguito Union High School District board for the first time.

Q: What about this district makes it stand out?

A: Its continued success in academics.

Q: What do you feel are the biggest issues facing the school district?

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