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Hart is good choice for Office of Education board

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As a parent of children who graduated from Auburn schools, I am interested in hearing ideas for giving the best education possible to our current generation of students with the limited and shrinking funds available. After hearing a talk by Pam Robie Hart, a candidate for the Placer County Office of Education board, Area 4, I believe the approach she described of organizing schools into community-based districts would better serve students, and should be examined by the public and all school districts. Pam has been attending Placer County school board meetings for over 20 years and has an amazing knowledge of how the educational system works. Six years ago, she co-founded the Community Unification for Better Education. In order for school districts to consider community unification, she would ask the Placer County Office of Education to provide them with the facts and figures necessary to make an intelligent decision. She also addressed the 14 percent reserve held by the board when only a 3 percent reserve is required by the state. When our schools are struggling now, it seems a good time to invest in current students. With some of these funds, programs could be added to improve technology and mitigate the district’s dropout rate. Pam urged citizens who are concerned about our educational system to attend school board meetings and become involved in solutions. I believe it is time to bring new ideas to the Placer County Board of Education. Pam Hart has been a “soccer mom,” the president of American Association of University Women and a leader of many fundraising efforts for educational projects, especially for women and girls. Currently employed by Hewlett-Packard as a business analyst, and formerly co-owner of Sierra Laboratories, Pam has a wide range of business experience to add to the board. Sue Dings Auburn