Pleasanton school board member Valerie Arkin announced Monday that she will seek re-election to a third term on Nov. 8.
Arkin, who was first elected to the school board in November 2008, is one of three school board members whose terms expire this year. The two others, Chris Grant and Jamie Hintzke, have yet to say is they will seek re-election..
"As a parent of three children who went through Pleasanton's public school system, and as a long-
time school volunteer, I understand the need to keep parents completely informed about decisions that will affect their children and that are being conducted using taxpayer money," Arkin said.
"During my two terms on the board, I am very proud of the great progress that we have made in improving the communications conduit between the district and the community," she added. "It is still a work in progress, but I will always continue to lobby for greater advances in the arena of communication."
She said high academic achievement is her priority as a school board member.
"I will continue working to ensure that Pleasanton students have the programs that address their academic needs, as well as addressing their extra-curricular needs," she said. "I believe that our students should graduate with the skills they need to succeed in a global economy and be prepared to be socially responsible citizens."
Arkin, who has handled hundreds of school budget decisions during her two terms of office, said fiscal responsibility is another priority.
Among her other contributions during her tenure have been updating of district policies, initiating more reading intervention programs, having a member of the public serve on the audit committee, evaluating the district's legal services and working with student board members to help them better understand their perspective in considering board decisions.
Arkin, who was chosen by fellow board members to serve as its president in 2011 and 2015, serves on the Special Education Local Plan Area board and the city of Pleasanton Liaison Committee and is a delegate for the California School Board Association.
She also served two terms on the Pleasanton Library Commission and is a past member of the board of managers for the Tri-Valley YMCA.
Arkin is a 23-year resident of Pleasanton and lives in the city with her husband Brian. She has three children including Chris, who works in the tech industry; Angela, a college senior, and Nick, a junior at Amador Valley High School.
Arkin holds a bachelor's degree in Health Science from Cal State Northridge and a Master's degree in Business Administration from California Lutheran University. She also completed the Governance Training program of the California School Boards Association.
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