October 12, 2004 > Rose Vargas
TCV: What is your background and how does this relate to determining school policies?
Rose Vargas- I've lived my entire life in Fremont. I've gone to the Fremont Unified School District and my kids are graduating from the high school I attended. I see that Fremont needs more parental involvement.
TCV: If a challenger, why are you running for the board?
RV: I've been involved in the school district for the last, at least 10 years. I started out in places like PTAs, councils, and then I started working on district committees. Two years ago, I ran because I thought we needed more community involvement in the school board and I'm running again this time for the same reason. The school board needs people who are aware of the history of what's gone on in the city and how things have changed.
TCV: What do you hope to accomplish if elected?
RV: The district needs technological training for our students. Our students will be ahead in career paths if they have these skills when they graduate from high school. It is something that should be integrated in to the curriculum. And not just," Oh, take a computer class, and play a computer game." We really need to get the teachers and the staff and the district staff thinking about how they can help. I work in the technology industry, creating a lot of projects for technology, doing the budgets and surveys.
TCV: What are the primary challenges currently facing the board and what skills do you have that will help meet these challenges?
RV: There are several things in general that the district in needs to take care of. What has to be done is to make the school board members more accessible to the public. The bottom line is that the school board is here to serve the community. The board members need to make a conscious effort to let the community know where they're at and when.
TCV: Do you have a unique perspective or idea that you will advance on the board?
RV: We know that Fremont is one of the best school districts in the Bay Area and all of our kids are fortunate to be attending school here. I just want to serve this city and speak for the people and to bring up everybody's issues and make sure that they are heard.
As a board member, you have to have an open mind and be willing to hear both sides of the story. Granted the school board is doing better in the district but we can do more to actively talk to people.