Alisal Elementary volunteer to seek school board seat in November

Becomes 2nd candidate for two open board positions in this fall's election

Sandy Piderit, a Pleasanton resident since 2008, has announced that she will seek a seat on the Pleasanton school board in the Nov. 2 election.

She joins Joan Laursen, this year's president of the Pleasanton Parent Teacher Association Council, as the second candidate to seek election to the board, where the terms of two current board members are expiring this fall.

Board member Jim Ott has said he will not seek re-election to a second four-year term. Long-time board member Pat Kernan, whose term of office also is expiring, has not said if he will seek re-election. The school board has no term limits.

Jeff Bowers, who ran unsuccessfully for the board two years ago, said he is also considering seeking election this year, but has yet to file candidate papers with the Alameda County Registrar's office, where school board candidates must submit their qualifying documents.

Piderit holds a doctorate degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and has taught management and organizational behavior courses for more than a decade. She is currently a visiting associate professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.

Locally, she has served on the School Site Council at Alisal Elementary since last August. She moved to Pleasanton with her husband and daughter in July, 2008.

Piderit said she will hold a public ice cream social and campaign kickoff on Aug. 27.

--Pleasanton Weekly staff.


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