October 12, 2004 > Peggy Herndon
TCV: What is your background and how does this relate to determining school policies?
Peggy Herndon-I had been very active in schools since my children were little. Beginning when my older son was in high school I became involved in PTA.
I am an accountant. I also have a degree in Child Development. I am a chief financial officer for a small business in Milpitas and work with the type of financial issues that come before the board everyday.
TCV: If you are an incumbent, how long have you been on the board and what were the initial reasons you ran for office?
PH: I had joined the community Facilities Committee and the Surplus Property Committee. I ran for the school board in 2000 and was fortunate enough to be elected. It was a trying time. There were people who felt the district should be split in to two districts. People saw the school board as being in conflict. Over the last 4 years we've changed the tone of the board. We find a ways that we can come to agreement on what is best for all the students.
TCV: If you are an incumbent, what were you able to accomplish during your years on the board and what remains to be done?
PH: The current board is capable of being responsible and going in the direction that the community wants to see the school go. As we go forward over the next four years, I hope that we can start to focus again on student achievement, our need for technology in the schools, and also working with diversity within our community. I hope we can start to embrace the diversity that is part of our culture here in Fremont.
TCV: What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
PH: In 2002, we passed a six-year, $157 school site safety bond. I want to see those projects completed on time and within budget. I also want to make sure that the city, the community and the school board are in sync.
TCV: What are the primary challenges currently facing the board and what skills do you have that will help meet these challenges?
PH: The really big challenge has been the budget. We have been through a very trying last couple of years. We have been very conservative as to how we look at our budget to make certain we are fiscally responsible. Because of this, we were able to balance the budget and to go forward in to upcoming year without making any additional cuts. We still need to be conservative as to how we look at our money and to make sure we can live within our budget.
There are some new guidelines at the county and state levels as far as our budget goes which puts us under even tighter scrutiny to make sure that we can live within our budget. [Meeting these guidelines] requires an expertise that I feel I can bring to the board because of my financial background.
TCV: Do you have a unique perspective or idea that you will advance on the board, if elected?
PH: It is important that the community feels they can approach the board. I have been accessible; I go to many meetings to be there to listen to people and to take in to considerations their ideas. As we forward over the next four years I don't plan on that stopping. Whether I am at the grocery store or a formal meeting I will listen to people. I make decisions based on all 35,000 plus students in Fremont. I keep my ear to the ground, hearing the voices of those throughout the city.