Barbara Klausner for School Board

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Dear Friend of the Palo Alto Schools,

As you may have heard, I have decided to run for Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) school board. With a new superintendent and three open board seats, we have an opportunity to move forward with a new leadership team. There are six candidates, including one incumbent, running for three board seats. I ask for your support and your vote in the upcoming general election.

If elected, I will be the only school board member that is an educator. After a career as a lawyer and a period at home raising three PAUSD-educated children, I have spent a decade working in PAUSD—teaching students in the classroom, developing new educational programs for the district, and providing professional development for teachers. I have worked with principals, teachers, and hundreds of students in every one of our 12 elementary schools.

I bring expertise and experience that will help the board navigate the vital issues it will face over the next four years—developing a strategic plan and addressing enrollment growth, to name just two. In all of my professional work for PAUSD, I have collaborated with parents, teachers and administrators. I have stood in the middle among differing perspectives, listened to discover the shared values, and in response created new programs and supported existing ones. As a school board member, I will bring that same sense of balance to the work of the board. In short, I will be guided by the following principles:

Targeted efforts—focus our resources to support best practices
Inclusiveness—open up educational opportunities to every student
Teamwork—collaborate with parents, educators, and the community

Despite being new to local politics, my candidacy has attracted the support of many of our community leaders. I was the first candidate that our State Senator, Joe Simitian, endorsed. I have also been endorsed by school board member Gail Price and Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto, among others.

By working together, we can continue PAUSD’s educational excellence. I would appreciate your vote during the November 6 general election.

With many thanks,