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All candidates elected to Auburn Union School District Board

In three-seat race, candidates run uncontested
By: Megan Moore, Journal Correspondent
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It's official-the race is over and election day hasn't even started yet.

Woody Hoffmann, Sandra Margaret Scott and Debbie Goodrich are the new members of the Auburn Union School District Board of Trustees. With three seats open and only three candidates running for election, they were all appointed early in this uncontested race for the board.

According to the Auburn Union School District website, the board members are in charge of adopting the annual budget, approving expenditures, employing personnel, approving curriculum, textbooks and courses of study. They also make all decisions relative to the purchase, planning and construction of all school district property.

So who, then, are these people who have so much say in students' education?

Woody Hoffmann brings a unique perspective to the board

Hoffmann is an incumbent member of the board and has worked with the district for 16 years. The youngest of his four children graduated from Placer High School in 1993.

"I feel I bring a unique perspective to the Board as I have sat on both sides of the table, both as an administrator and as a present Board member seeking re-election," Hoffmann said.

Hoffmann feels the two most challenging areas the board faces right now are the declining budget and the need to improve academic achievement.

"We need an in-depth review of the budget, looking for areas that affect the fewest people while still allowing us to accomplish our mission and goals," he said.

Scott has depth of knowledge

Sandra Scott has gained a depth of knowledge through her many years of work experience in the education field and is ready to share with the board.

Scott retired from Sierra College in 2010 as the director of grant development and career technical education. Before that she was the director of customized training and workforce development at San Joaquin Delta College.

Scott just completed work as the principal investigator for a National Science Foundation grant called Tech-Explorer, a project designed to integrate algebra into a catapult building project to engage students in math.

Currently, Scott said she is working as a consultant and is directing a state-wide James Irvine Foundation funded project called SLATE (Strategic Linking of Academic and Technical Education). SLATE is an organization with 11 faculty councils that creates curriculum with real-world themed lessons.

Scott feels the Auburn Union School District is facing a similar challenge to most districts right now, which is how to provide a solid education in the face of recurring budget cuts.

"The students going through the district are the future citizens that will make our community and economy work, they need a solid education," Scott said. "I will collaborate with other Board members and the administration to find opportunities to mitigate the challenges."

Goodrich says creative decisions needed

As a parent of current students in Auburn schools, Debbie Goodrich is prepared to take on the school's challenges.

Goodrich decided to run because she wanted to get involved in her children's education. She currently has one child at Auburn Elementary School and a senior at Placer High School. Before relocating to Auburn, she was on the board of Colfax Elementary School.

"I believe the budget is a major challenge," Goodrich said. "You make cuts, yet it still isn't enough."

She believes to fix this problem more creative decisions need to be made.

"I think the school board in doing a good job and I hope to add ideas," she said. "It sometimes helps to look at things with a fresh set of eyes."