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Six candidates for Board of Education vie for three open seats in unprecedented school year

Original post made on Oct 8, 2020

Six candidates are running for three open seats on the Board of Education during a school year that looks like nothing public education has seen before.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 6:25 PM

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Posted by Melissa Anderson (Look)
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 8, 2020 at 10:32 am

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Melissa Baten Caswell is completing her THIRD term.


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Posted by 2 x PAUSD Parent
a resident of Triple El
on Oct 8, 2020 at 10:56 am

2 x PAUSD Parent is a registered user.

Someone with NO kids in the district schools should NOT be on the board.


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Posted by Gunn Papa
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Oct 8, 2020 at 11:18 am

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I’m waiting to see if the weekly is going to blindly endorse the two incumbents like the Post did. Bill Johnson is fairly conservative, and I know he will be under pressure to reward those candidates who have given the Weekly the most money. Personally, I’ll take any of the challengers.


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Posted by My thoughts on who to vote for.
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 8, 2020 at 11:43 am

My thoughts on who to vote for. is a registered user.

DiBrienza and Collins have done a reasonable job and deserve another term and Nisewaner seems like a competent adult with no baggage and no crazy issues that she is pushing. I'm looking for adults who can try to educate the next generation and not push flaky or topical crazy ideas that don't help most kids in the system. Let's get back to basics.


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Posted by Barron Park dad
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 8, 2020 at 3:04 pm

Barron Park dad is a registered user.

I'll be voting for candidates who are experienced and strong enough to coach the current PAUSD Superintendent. Don Austin doesn't seem to possess much of an "of service" attitude in dealing with legitimate parental concerns but rather exudes a "frankly, I know better that you; talk to the hand" attitude. It's really grating.


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Posted by Ardan Michael Blum
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 9, 2020 at 5:51 pm

Ardan Michael Blum is a registered user.

Katie Causey has my vote. She is a first rate person with great dedication for helping and working with others. She is also a true Palo Altan - aware of all issues and devoted to our town.


8 people like this
Posted by No on O!
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 9, 2020 at 9:53 pm

No on O! is a registered user.

The PAUSD 14th Day Enrollment Report, 2020-21 came out today, October 9. We are down 8% this year, continuing a declining trend.

What's the need for a parcel tax that represents 6% of the PAUSD budget when PAUSD has lost 8% of its enrollment? ($15.6 million projected revenue from the parcel tax/$267 million 2020-21 projected annual budget)

Interesting how timed this was to come out after the weekly article on the parcel tax.

Why is PAUSD announcing its enrollment in a parents only email on a Friday night rather than as an agenda item at a public board meeting, as it has done every year for the past 5 consecutive years? The 10th-14th day enrollment report is not on the Oct. 13th board agenda - Web Link.

Vote No on Measure O!


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