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Incumbent Todd Collins, parent Jesse Ladomirak detail campaigns for school board

Original post made on Aug 11, 2020

The race for three open seats on the Palo Alto Unified school board continues to expand, with President Todd Collins confirming he's running for a second term.

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North

on Aug 11, 2020 at 6:57 pm

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 12, 2020 at 9:50 am

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Posted by gwenluce
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 12, 2020 at 10:22 am

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Thank you, Todd, for giving of your time to run to stay on the Board!


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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Aug 12, 2020 at 11:36 am

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If you think there is dysfunction, then it's more of the same with the incumbents.


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Posted by Rebecca Eisenberg
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 12, 2020 at 11:47 pm

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Jesse, thank you so much for entering the race. You seem fantastic! I can't wait to learn more about your plans. I completely agree that the School Board needs members like you: not only do you have four children in the district, two of whom are minority, but also, your legal experience will be essential to helping the School Board succeed.

I personally (!) know the commitment, thick skin, perseverance, and time it takes to run for public office. I am thrilled you made this jump, and I look forward to discussing how we can work together for positive change in Palo Alto!


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Posted by Elizabeth May
a resident of Greene Middle School
on Aug 13, 2020 at 8:01 am

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It is wonderful to have Jesse Ladomirak in the race. With four children in PAUSD she is living the Covid19 distance learning school experience and in these times, that is critical to thoughtful and realistic decision making for all our community. But just being a parent in PAUSD is not enough, Jesse is bright, engaged and has the practical of experience of running a construction business through a recession and a pandemic. Thrilled to have her in the race and most important to have her voice on our School Board in an undeniably challenging times.


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Posted by Michelle Arden
a resident of Professorville
on Aug 14, 2020 at 3:33 pm

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Excited to see Jesse Ladomirak join the race. You have my vote!


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Posted by Catherine
a resident of Greene Middle School
on Aug 15, 2020 at 7:10 pm

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Jesse, I am excited to hear that you are in the race! I am thankful to have your energetic and committed voice addressing the critical area of systemic inequities in our school district, and I am certain that with your life experience you have the ability to help us navigate many other issues of importance during this unprecedented time in our history.


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Posted by HS
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Oct 8, 2020 at 3:36 pm

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Thank you to both Jesse and Todd for running.
As a 20 year PA resident, and two sons who attended Baby Pre-school (one at Greendell Pre-School Family), Toddler at (Parent’s Nursery School) & Young Fives, then both attended Ohlone Elementary and Paly High School; the disparity in PA’s educational system are transparent. I don’t think another expensive study needs to be done. I’m sure every Principal and Teacher in every school knows who needs help immediately. Just ask! It has always been between the ‘have and have not’ students. Do their parent(s) or caregivers other than parents have a job(s), opportunities and education to support the student? There are language barriers, and now especially, a quiet room with no disruptions, a dedicated desk, chair, internet/wifi, and computer/lap top; and also with safe and adequate air quality, air conditioning or heat, hygiene, adequate water and healthy food.

Can Palo Alto open the schools to administer education and care to the students who do not have the basics to learn during the pandemic and be involved in the same programs after schools reopen? Can Palo Alto provide assistance to a single parent, two working parents, other caregivers such as (single relative, two working relatives and Grandparents) in any way they need it to support the student - ie parenting educational skills, mental healthcare especially because of pandemic anxiety, financial anxiety, etc., community building with ‘have’ Palo Alto residents (like a buddy?), computer, internet, etc?


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