The Pleasanton Weekly Friday endorsed former PTA Council president Joan Laursen and businessman Jeff Bowser for election to the Pleasanton school board on Nov. 2.
In an editorial in its Oct. 8 print edition that was circulated to subscribers, businesses and Pleasanton homes, the newspaper cited the experience and expertise both candidates offer, including years of work with Pleasanton schools and strong financial backgrounds.
These qualifications are especially needed this year with a new school superintendent and a school board whose most senior member has just three years of service, the newspaper added.
The editorial follows:
For the first time in years, voters will have a choice of three new candidates vying for the two open seats on the Pleasanton school board. Both Jim Ott and Patrick Kernan, whose terms are up, have chosen not to seek re-election.
The two elected will serve on a board whose most senior trustee is Chris Grant, who was appointed to the board in February 2007 and elected to a four-year term just two years ago. Also new is the superintendent, Parvin Ahmadi.
We believe Joan Laursen and Jeff Bowser can bring the experience needed at this time.
Laursen, a financial analyst by training, is past president of the Pleasanton PTA Council and has served on the boards of numerous school and community organizations in Pleasanton over the last 15 years.
Bowser has extensive teaching and business experience and was an administrator at Amador Valley High and in outside districts before joining Qwest Communications, where he holds a senior management position.
We wish there were three positions available because Sandy Piderit also would make an excellent board member. A part-time professor with a young child in Pleasanton schools, she understands the educational needs of youth from start to finish and would be a welcome addition to the school board. 2012 perhaps?