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Candidate brings worldly, teaching experiences

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Suzanne Jones, 56, is running for the Area 2 seat for the Placer County Board of Education. She is running against Lorene Euerle and incumbent Trevor Sanders. The Area 2 seat of the board represents the Loomis area of Placer County. There are a total of eight candidates vying for three seats on the Board of Education. Jones is an attorney, but is currently taking some time off. She and her husband, Cliff, have been married for 37 years. They have one son, Mike, 30. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry and a Juris Doctor law degree from Lincoln Law School. Jones traveled and lived around the world when her husband was in the military. She has been involved with schools through her son, and did some substitute teaching in Texas. She also taught for the City Colleges of Chicago extension in Germany. Q: Why are you running? A: The reason I’m running for the position is the quality of California’s education has declined so severely since I grew up here. It’s an important issue for me. It’s important that we produce successful … children through our public school service, and I have just decided it’s time to stop talking about it and actually get in and make a contribution. Q: What do you bring to the table? A: I bring a lot to the table because of my experience with (multiple) cultures and also the different schools in different states, as well as in Europe. I grew up in Citrus Heights, so I’ve been in California all my life. Along with that, my background, my education, those are all things that are going to help me. It’s imperative that we as adults do everything we can to focus on changing our public education. We need to start producing successful children. Our failure rates are atrocious. Kids are getting into college without being able to read and write. Our country will fail without having successful children. Q: What are your goals if elected? A: My goals if elected are to ensure that we focus on quality - that the education we provide in Placer County is top-notch quality education. My focus will be on fiscal accountability, to ensure that our money is being spent wisely, that we spend within our means and that the money is going to the classroom to educate the children. Whatever it takes to make Placer County one of the best in the state – I’ll do everything I can to work with the board to help make Placer County No. 1. Q: Can you describe your ability to successfully work with and influence other trustees? A: The way I would work to bring about ideas … first of all I think you need to have a period of evaluation where you observe, see how the board functions, see how it operates. In conjunction ith that you really need to get in there, get to know the schools within the county. Then I think what needs to be done is you need to just listen. You need to listen and see where the problems are. In order to influence a group you have to bring to the table information that is valid. You have to bring recommendations that are useful and productive. Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com