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October 12, 2004 > Atul Mitra

Atul Mitra


  1. Briefly, what is your background and how does this relate to determining school policies?

    I have a MS in Civil Engineering, a parent of my son, a senior at James Logan High School and my daughter, a 7th grader at Alvarado Middle School. I have been very active in the School District. In January of this year, I was appointed to the Measure A Bond Oversight Committee and currently serve as Vice-Chair and Spokesperson. Recently, I was elected to James Logan School Site Council.

  2. Why are you running for the board?

    On the 2002 election Day, I decided to run for 2004 school board elections so that as parents/school board members/all stakeholders, we can bring Equality/Stability/Trust between all stakeholders to ensure that each and every student get an opportunity to learn and excel. I have a vested interest in the district because of my 2 kids, but more importantly, I have a vested interest because of the other 14,500 other students. Our students deserve the best and we can do better. There is no trust between the stakeholders in the school district and the students are the ones who are facing the brunt. My commitment is "Students Come First", meaning that all actions should be based on what is best for our students. Our parents, community members and stakeholders are very smart people. We as school board members need to provide leadership which unites all stakeholders resulting in teamwork that eventually will foster an environment where our students receive the best education possible.

  3. What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?

    That as Parents/School Board Members, we can:

    • Establish STRATEGIC game plan for the future and the associated budget priorities.
    • Work to maintain small class sizes.
    • Keep a balanced district budget and avoid school closures.
    • Support our Music, Sports, Arts and Advanced Placement Programs.
    • Restore the "Kids First" program that is not only important but also vital to working parents.
    • Re-establish our continuation school.


  4. What are the primary challenges currently facing the board and what skills do you have that will help meet these challenges?

    • School closures. I am against school closures. To avoid this, I support a parcel tax and am already talking to the community about it. The community is very receptive provided they are taken into confidence and viewed as a team by the District. The skills to generate trust and team building are the traits that I will bring to the board if elected.
    • Balanced District Budget. The school district is current adrift and there is no game plan for the future. The district staff and the current board are operating on a crisis management. If elected, I intend to establish STRATEGIC game plan for the future and the associated budget priorities in consultation and partnership with parents, community members, students and teachers. I will create an environment where all stakeholders have a voice and a sense of ownership.


  5. Do you have a unique perspective or idea that you will advance on the board, if elected?
    I have a vision and a commitment:

    • To re-develop trust between the community at-large and the District so that we all work as a TEAM.
    • To re-develop equality / stability / trust between parents / students / teachers / classified and administrative employees and the District.


 
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