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Candidate Bob Jensen outlines his qualifications for Hart district board

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Posted: September 30, 2009 7:17 p.m.
Updated: October 1, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Editor's note: Through the vagaries of e-mail, Hart district school board candidate Bob Jensen's responses to columnist Jonathan Kraut's questions did not make it into Tuesday's Democratic Voices column. Here are Jensen's responses, along with the questions that prompted them.

Question 1. List two positions you previously held or hold in education (besides incumbency) that make you uniquely qualified to earn a vote.

n President of the Newhall School District governing board (2008)

n Newhall School District governing board member (2005 - present)

Question 2. Name two accomplishments regarding education that would indicate how capable you are to care for and represent our children and teachers.

During my term as a board member of the Newhall School District, the district has received six California Distinguished School Awards, three Title I Achievement Awards and a National Blue Ribbon School Award.

Also during my term, the district's API test scores have been among the top 10 percent in the entire state of California, and they have been the highest of all the school districts in the Santa Clarita Valley.

In addition, during my term we have modernized older campuses within budget and we have maintained fiscal strength despite the economic downturn.

Furthermore, I am the only candidate in the Hart race with children attending schools in the district. This is important because it gives voters the confidence to know that I will do what's best for all students.

Question 3. Discuss your overall perception as to how education can reshape/improve American society.

Access to a free and public education has been a cornerstone of our democracy since our country was founded.

One need look no further than foreign nations that don't place the same value on educating the masses to know the importance we place on education and how distinguishes American society from others.

Education creates opportunities, and opportunities enable our society to maintain the rights and freedoms that our country was founded on.

Question 4. Give one example in education that demonstrates how your efforts directly lead toward a fiscally responsible action.

I have been a practicing certified public accountant for 18 years. Among my areas of expertise are the real estate and construction industries.

My professional background and my many experiences as a Newhall School District board member, as mentioned above, show that I have the talents and abilities to successfully lead the Hart district in building a high school in Castaic, modernizing older schools and completing construction projects related to the newer schools.

An addition, I led the Newhall district in establishing a series of public budget sessions to better educate the public on financial matters affecting the district. These were held in a spirit of sharing knowledge and providing insight for the direct benefit of the stakeholders of the school district.

Question 5. If you are endorsed by elected officials of only one political party, why should someone of another party vote for you?

One thing this economic meltdown has taught us is that fiscal conservatism is in fashion and a desirable trait.

Having a strong understanding of financial matters is a necessary trait to survive during these difficult times.

Overspending, poor budgeting and mismanaged expenditures have no place in our school system.

I am the candidate with the best fit to serve as a gatekeeper/watchdog with a keen eye on the financial affairs of the Hart school board.

I am proud to have received endorsements from many people representing numerous affiliations, some even political.

I have been endorsed by Republicans such as Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, Councilman Bob Kellar and Hart Board member Pat Hanrion.

I have also been endorsed by Democrats Steve Tannehill, who is a fellow board member of the Newhall School District, and Marc Winger, who is the superintendent of the Newhall School District.

I am supported by members of both parties because it is recognized that I put the needs of the children and youth in our community above partisan politics.


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