Voters in South Monterey County will soon be choosing mayors, city council members and school board trustees in the upcoming Nov. 3 General Election. To help voters make an informed decision, Salinas Valley Tribune sent out a questionnaire to all the candidates running in contested races in King City, Greenfield, Soledad and Gonzales, asking for their stance on local issues. Read their responses below:
GREENFIELD UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT
Three candidates are vying for two positions on the Greenfield Union School District Board, with incumbents Mayra Perez Diaz and Sonia Martinez-Heredia seeking re-election against Jose Madrid. Only Diaz and Madrid responded to the paper’s questionnaire.
What do you hope to accomplish as a school board member?
DIAZ: If re-elected, I will continue to provide continuity in leadership, strong advocacy and support for students and staff at GUSD. As an active parent volunteer in this district I am aware of parent, students and staff concerns. I hope to specifically advocate to expand access to preschool and transitional kindergarten so students can be better prepared in their educational journey. To truly serve our student needs, have a fully functioning Family Resource Center for our families and community. Last but definitely not least, is to continue to be vigilant over the district budget and ensure our district stays financial solvent while preserving educational programs and positions during these unprecedented times.
MADRID: I will do all I can to provide a great educational experience for all students, most importantly the special needs community.
Which issues and concerns will be your main focus within your school district?
DIAZ: The main issue I plan to focus on alongside fellow board members is positive organizational culture to retain teachers and staff to continue to move GUSD towards quality and equitable education for all students.
MADRID: Having an up close and personal seat, I witnessed staff leaving in large numbers. One of my concerns is retaining employees, we need to keep great teachers in Greenfield. Our students deserve it.
Why are you the best candidate to tackle those issues?
DIAZ: Over the past five years, I have demonstrated a deep commitment to the academic success of all GUSD students. I have also demonstrated transparent leadership and a proven track record of making informed and objective decisions to benefit the best interest of students, staff and the district. I have effectively overseen bond measures and the district budget to ensure funds are expended properly and also ensured our district stayed financially solvent. I humbly ask for your continued support and vote.
MADRID: Over the years, I’ve had a front row seat and witnessed the frustrations of parents and personnel, alike. I’m truly focused on making influential change and bringing awareness to our special needs department. In my 14 years, I’ve seen Greenfield parents sending their kids to other schools outside of Greenfield, and this sends a huge message. We should always be working to improve the education and resources for this community. There’s always work to be done! One of my biggest strengths, is to be a caretaker. I will always strive to put our children first. All Means All!