Wheeler is pursuing her fifth term on the board after first getting elected in 2002, when she had a child attending Bubb Elementary. She was the top vote-getter in 2014 with 36 percent of the votes cast, followed by Coladonato who prevailed with a razor-thin margin over former school board member Phil Palmer. Wheeler told the Voice in an email that she remains passionate in her belief that education can improve lives, and that her lengthy tenure with the school board puts her in a strong position to help lead the district over the next four years.
"With my background, skills, and experience as a former teacher, attorney, mediator, active volunteer and mom, plus my deep knowledge base of our district, I believe I am best qualified to help our district keep moving forward for the next four years," Wheeler said.
Coladonato did not respond to requests for comment.
Conley, a Shoreline West resident with a child entering Mistral Elementary this year, confirmed with the Voice that she is running for the school board, and that she plans to ramp up her campaign in the coming weeks. Conley said she has a lengthy and diverse background in education, working as a classroom teacher in both public and charter schools in the Bay Area, and more recently working in education policy research.
The school district has been extraordinarily busy in recent years with new administrators, major construction and changes to school boundaries, and Conley said her goal as a trustee would be to make sure the district keeps track of its primary goal to educate children.
"I would like to make sure we don't lose sight of making sure every child gets what they need, and that children get top-notch instruction in the classroom," she said.
Conley said she believes the school district could use a fresh perspective in November and that, if elected, she would work hard to strengthen the relationship between the community and the school board. Working in classrooms where parents, teachers and administrators all trust one another makes a huge difference for student learning, she said.
Patterson did not provide contact info to the Registrar of Voters and could not be reached prior to the Voice's press deadline.
Tanner, one of the potential candidates, dropped out of the race citing a need to focus on his family that he said would have kept him from "reliably" serving the district for a full four-year term. Still, he said he was pleased to see other candidates are stepping up and giving voters a choice in the election.
Deadline extended for other school boards
The filing deadline for Mountain View's two other school districts, the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District and the Los Altos School District, was extended to Wednesday, Aug. 15, due to at least one incumbent not seeking re-election in November. The deadline was 5 p.m. Wednesday, after the Voice's press deadline.
As of Wednesday morning, the Mountain View-Los Altos school board race appeared uncontested. Board members Fiona Walter and Debbie Torok both filed for re-election, while board member Joe Mitchner said in an email he plans to step down at the end of his term this year, citing a need to focus more on his personal and family life.
"I'll miss serving our community as a Trustee and working with our dedicated teachers, families, staff and administration," Mitchner said. "But it's been 11 years, life evolves, my own students have passed through the district, and now just feels like the right time to step away."
Mountain View parent Catherine Vonnegut was the only challenger to file for the school board race as of Wednesday morning.
In the Los Altos School District, four candidates — board members Bryan Johnson and Vladimir Ivanovic and challengers Shali Sirkay and Ying Liu — are competing for three seats on the school board. The third incumbent whose term expires this year, Sangeeth Peruri, had not filed for re-election as of Wednesday morning.
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