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March 22, 2012
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Election 2012: Introducing the candidates for Washoe school board, Seat A

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Beginning this week, the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza will provide initial introductions to readers of all 16 local candidates in line for the June 12 primary.This week, the Bonanza features the three candidates for Washoe County School Board Seat A, with their verbatim responses to 7 short questions.Look to next week's print edition for a look at all 10 candidates for the IVGID board of trustees. The week following, the Bonanza will feature the three candidates for Washoe County Commission Seat One.Early voting for the June 12 primary election begins May 26. Prior to the that date, the Bonanza will print a detailed election guide that includes in-depth interviews with all the local candidates, voter information and more. Stay tuned.

How long have you lived in Washoe County?I have lived in Washoe County for 2 years.What is your formal education?I received my Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), concentration in accounting, from The University of Texas @ Arlington in May, 1983. I graduated in 31⁄2 years with a 3.61 GPA on a 4.00 scale (Top 10 percent).What is your current occupation?I have been a CPA for 27 years. The last 13 of those, I have sold tax consulting services for firms as large as PricewaterhouseCoopers and as small as my own, 1-person company, to companies as large as Fortune 10 companies and as small as mom andamp; pops. I have closed my business to spend the rest of my career working toward the betterment of K-12 education.What is your previous political/ governmental experience?I have never held a political/governmental office. I served on the Board of Directors of a small private elementary school from 1999-2004 and on the Board of Directors of a $65 million manufacturing company from 1988-1996.Where do you currently live?I live in the Double Diamond area of South Reno.Why should Incline Village/Crystal Bay voters vote for you (250-word max)?I am passionate about making public education in Washoe County the best it can be for every child. Whether an issue impacts the entire district or a portion of the district (such as the previously considered International Baccalaureate in Incline Village), my decisions will always be driven by what will enhance learning. Washoe County's standard of living is becoming increasingly dependent on a highly skilled workforce. College and/or career ready (CCR) high school graduation is a MUST. I support the existing collaboration of businesses, WCSD and interested citizens to define CCR. I will relentlessly pursue the delivery of that defined opportunity to students. I believe that:• Every student deserves the opportunity to receive an excellent education.• Every student, presented with an excellent education, will learn.• Every excellent teacher should be recognized and rewarded.• Every teacher, given continuous professional development opportunities, can become excellent.WCSD has the best superintendent in the nation, a nationally recognized Board of Trustees and a strategic plan driven to improve the educational trajectory of every student. I believe we are on The Pathway to Excellence described in that strategic plan — CCR graduation happening because teachers and administrators, those who know education, are empowered and accountable. I envision students wanting to be taught, choosing to pay attention because they are learning from the most talented, motivated teachers who are thrilled at the privilege of teaching such students. Let's set expectations high and see where we end up.

How long have you lived in Washoe County?30 years.What is your formaleducation?Associate in Applied Science /Criminal Justice , Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV.What is your currentoccupation?Retired. Retired as Deputy Chief of Police, Washoe County School District Police Dept. July 2011 after 23 years of service.What is your previouspolitical/governmentalexperience?No previous political experience but have worked in government for 23 years as a Police Officer.Where do youcurrently live?Galena Forest 1475 Austrian Pine Rd Reno, NV 89511Why should Incline Village/Crystal Bay voters vote for you (250-word max)? I think that the Incline Village community is a very unique area and their needs can be very different than the rest of the school district. I have meet with many citizens of Incline Village and the most common problem is that Incline Village is not being heard by the Washoe County School District. Many times a program that may work for the Reno/Sparks area may not be what is needed in Incline Village, yet it is being implemented in the Incline schools without input form the community. One of the first things I would propose as a Board of Trustee would be to set up form of self-governance for education overseeing the Incline Village schools. I would set up an advisory committee made up of community members, parents, principles and the Board of Trustee for Incline Village. This committee would best reflect the communities' educational needs. I would further expand Incline Village schools to empowerment status to allow the committee and community to best decide how funds would be used for the education programs in Incline Village. Having worked in the Incline Village community and its schools I think I am the candidate that best understand the issues of Incline Village. The most important part of the Trustees job is to listen and work with the community, to best represent the people of their area and to champion their causes. If elected I will be a strong supporter of Incline Village and their right to decide their educational needs.

How long have you lived in Washoe County?42 yearsWhat is your formal education?Bachelor of Science, University of Nevada, Reno; Masters studies, University of Nevada, RenoWhat is your current occupation?President, LR2 ConsultingWhat is your previous governmental/ political experience?• Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, Airport Noise Advisory Panel, Vice Chair• Roseview Homeowners Association, Vice Chair• City of Reno — Neighborhood Advisory Board, Vice Chair— Graffiti Abatement Team, Member— Boards and Commission Review Task Force, Member• Washoe County School District, Safe and Drug Free Schools, Chair• The Chamber (new name of recently combined Reno/Sparks and Northern Nevada chambers of commerce)— Board of Directors, Member— Business Leadership Council, Chair— Events Council, Chair— Political Action Committee, Member— Education Committee, MemberWhere do youcurrently live?Reno, Nev.Why should Incline Village /Crystal Bay voters vote for you? I am a native of Reno, Nevada, who attended Reno schools and has been passionately involved in my neighborhoods and community my entire life. As a small business owner who continues to be involved in the community, I am totally committed to education. Education is the cornerstone of a thriving, dynamic and prosperous community, which attracts more business and serves to enhance the quality of life for all citizens. Early in my career I had the opportunity to work for the Incline Village General Improvement District and I understand the special concerns of the citizens of Incline Village. I feel I can represent you well on the Washoe County School Board. In my work with education, I facilitated the State of Nevada's First Parent Involvement Summit; the Washoe County School District's Safe Schools Initiative, developed a national parent/community involvement model and facilitated the first strategic plan for the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA). I firmly believe in the value of involving all stakeholders in discussions and decision making. I support the District's current reforms and promise to serve with integrity, transparency and accountability.

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