Three people are in the running for two seats on the San Ramon Valley school board up for election on Nov. 6.
In addition to incumbent and Board President Greg Marvel, two Danville residents have entered the race. Incumbent Paul Gardner, who's been on the board since 2000, has not filed paperwork to run for another term.
Mark Jewett attended San Ramon Valley schools from kindergarten at Rancho Romero to high school at San Ramon Valley. With young children are now in the district, Jewett said he has a vested interest in the continued success of local schools.
Jewett's background is in finance and accounting and he holds a bachelor's degree in quantitative economics and decision sciences, as well as two masters degrees in accounting and business taxation. He spent 19 years in the finance profession, advising private and public companies in all accounting and tax-related matters, and served on the Measure C Parcel Tax Oversight Committee for three years.
As one of the finance leads on the Committee, Jewett was responsible for building the quantitative model that is serving as the basis of our review of the district's entire unrestricted general fund sources and uses of cash, ultimately leading to our conclusions regarding the appropriateness of general fund expenditures, and more specifically, expenditures related to the Measure C tax revenues.
Through his work on the Committee, Jewett said he has gained a deep understanding of the complexities, and uncertainties, of public school finance. As a result, one of his main areas of focus while serving on the Board of Education will be to provide plain language explanations of complex funding issues in order to improve the levels of financial transparency, building trust among all key stakeholders of SRVUSD.
Greg Marvel was first elected to the Board of Education in 2000 on a reform platform. Although a good district, San Ramon Valley Unified could become a great district, Greg felt.
Marvel noted several core problems: Facilities were aging while the district was growing rapidly and needed new schools. Student test scores were below many neighboring districts and the SRVUSD's finances and reserves were weak.
During the ensuing years, Marvel helped lead the effort to renovate many older schools and build nine new ones. SRVUSD is now one of the best performing school districts in California and has remained fiscally solvent during the recession. Marvel wants a fourth term, with the primary goal of moving the San Ramon Valley to being one of the best school districts in the nation ; he said our kids deserve no less.
Marvel has an extensive, 30-year executive management background in K-12 and higher education, recently retiring as a college vice chancellor.
He is currently president of a consulting firm with over 130 school district, county and private sector clients. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of San Francisco in public administration, human resources and organizational development. For more information Greg Marvel, visit www.reelectmarvel.com www.reelectmarvel.com.
Dwight Winn has lived in Danville for 32 years with his wife, Beverly, and sons, Randy and Kyle. With over 40 years of business experience, the majority of that time spent at IBM and NUMMI, Winn said the knowledge gained in sales, management, staff instruction, application development and project management will serve him well with the School Board.
At IBM, Winn investigated and evaluated customer business processes and recommended more effective structures with benefits that justified the changes. He believes he can do the same at the school district without placing the teachers at risk.
His objectives for the Board of Education include:
- Investment in students, teachers and technology while being fiscally conservative
- Maintaining class size
- Upgrading vocational training and develop 21st century structure
For many years, Winn has served the community on the Danville Parks and Leisure Services, San Ramon Valley Christian Academy, Danville Little League and the Sycamore Homeowner's Association.
He also served on the WASC committee, monitored and administered play-offs of high school sports through Nor Cal, was an advisor for technology and ROP for San Ramon Valley High School and coached Danville Little League, Mustang soccer and CYO basketball.
Winn said he would use his private sector experiences to help secure a strong platform of educational excellence for all San Ramon Valley students, a student-oriented district. Building trust and confidence in our community is vital to its success and Winn said he would work to maintain the highest levels of student achievement.