Monday, 10 May 2021

Scott: Hanson brings leadership to Lakeport School Board

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jen Hanson on various community projects over the years. Her strong leadership, work ethic and commitment to our community stand out. I believe those qualities make her an excellent addition to the Lakeport School Board.

As the District 4 county supervisor, I am responsible for managing the budget along with four other board members. This has become more difficult in the last couple of years with the devastation from all the fires. With this, we have to spend wisely and take care of all the needs in the county.

One key issue in this school board election is about the $17 million bond that was passed in 2014. I was on the committee that helped educate the public about how this money would be spent and the projects that would be a priority. This was pitched to the citizens with the promise that we would improve technology in the classroom and fix the community pool. I was disappointed to see that other projects became the priority, leaving the pool without enough funding to complete.

I’ve heard blame placed on the Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee, or CBOC, for how the monies were spent. Let me clarify: The CBOC reviews spending to confirm that it was spent on bond-eligible projects, and it only happens AFTER the money has been spent. They do not approve, prioritize or have any say in how bond money is spent. The Lakeport School Board is solely responsible for this spending.

What we need now is strong leadership, someone like Jen who is not afraid to put in the hard work required to keep promises.

Please join me in voting for Jen Hanson and her running mates, Carly Alvord and Dan Buffalo.

For more information about their campaign visit www.fixLUSD.com.

Tina Scott lives in Lakeport, Calif.

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