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High school district candidate has 20 years of teaching experience

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Carol Hachmeister, 58, is running for re-election to the Area 3 seat of the Placer Union High School District board of trustees. She is running against newcomer Charles “Chick” Wallgren. The Area 3 representative covers the city limits of Auburn. There are four people running for three seats on the board. Incumbents Maureen “Mo” Ward and Ronald Oates are running unopposed for Areas 2 and 4 respectively. Hachmeister is a court and community schools teacher for the Placer County Office of Education. She currently teaches at a community school in Roseville. A community school serves students who have been expelled from their districts. Court schools are held in juvenile hall. Hachmeister has two children who both graduated from Placer High School, a son, Dustin McGahan, 39, and a daughter Leona Wilcox, 28. Hachmeister holds a bachelor’s degree in physical geography from San Francisco State University, a teaching credential from National University and a master’s degree in education administration from National University. She has been a teacher for nearly 20 years and is serving her 12th year on the district board. Q: Why are you running? A: I want to do it, because we are going through a really tough time, and we have worked really hard in this district to keep it solvent and to keep it in a positive budget status. I think this current administration really needs to keep that continuity and support on the board, to follow (our work) through until we get out of this budget crisis. Budget crisis is not a term I like to keep using, but it’s a reality. Q: What do you bring to the table? A: I know that my fellow board members always say that because I’m an active teacher, I do bring a lot of my current experience in the classroom to the board, in a different way than most, because I’m in alternative education. Things such as curriculum or adopting textbooks, I have different questions than other people might have. I think that is one of my attributes, that I’m still currently in the field. It’s not to say that’s the only thing I bring. I know I bring the experience of … working with this board for 12 years and understanding how the budget works, how policy works and how important policy is. Q: What are your goals if elected? A: The main goal is to ride the storm out of the education cuts and hopefully bring some of our programs back that benefit students. It might be a long shot, but hopefully we can reduce some class sizes. I know that always benefits the class sizes, to bring some of our programs back and sustain some of the teachers and the educational staff. Q: Can you describe your ability to successfully work with and influence other trustees? A: I would present my idea, and I would have respect for their concerns, and we would talk about it, and discuss it and come to an agreement. I think after we have aired our opinions and we have had a good lengthy discussion, sometimes (the discussion) does influence and sometimes it doesn’t. (Other trustees) will air a side of something that I have never thought of, or I might present a side to it, or a reason or something that gets a discussion going. Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com