If I were to craft the resume for the ideal school board candidate, it would define a seasoned school parent who also has had both personal and professional relevant experience. I would want someone with a strong financial background who would understand the highly complex school budgeting process and could explain it to our community. I would want a board member with strong written and verbal communication skills, one who is forthright but will listen to the needs and concerns of our parents and students.
My ideal candidate would be passionate about education and children and would have an extensive understanding of our schools, our district and the many support organizations throughout our community. And I would want someone who has been in my shoes as a parent within our district, someone who appreciates how great our schools are but is fully aware of the challenges that still face us.
Having known Ellen Multari for almost 20 years, I can say with certainty that she will be exhaustive in her efforts to reform those challenges that continue to plague our district, partnering with the community throughout. We are fortunate that she is willing and ready to serve our schools and work on behalf of our children. Please join me in voting for her on Nov. 8.
La Cañada Flintridge