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September 23, 2009

Meet the Candidate: Belinda Rolicheck, Modesto City Schools Board of Education-Trustee

The following is a questionnaire sent out by The Bee to candidates for the November 2009 election. Candidates supplied the answers, and they are being published it their unedited form.

What is your full, legal name?

Belinda T. Rolicheck

What name do you prefer be used in print?

Belinda Rolicheck

What office do you seek?

Modesto City Schools Board of Education-Trustee

What is the primary reason you are running for this office?

Modesto City Schools is in the early stages of an important transition. Recently, the board recognized the urgent need for a long-term plan to improve the quality of our academics and provide equal opportunities for all students to succeed. I wish to continue to assist the district through this transition and to support students and faculty while implementing all the elements of our strategic plan. I want to know I did everything possible to level the playing field for all students. Public education is critical to the success of our society

What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?

To make responsible yet innovative decisions that support academic achievement for our students and staff while keeping in mind the realities of the budget situation for our district and state.

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

I am one of only 2 candidates with a child currently enrolled in the public school system. In addition, I have executive management experience in a non-profit organization that is going through many of the same changes and budget challenges as the school district. I have practical work experience in for-profit, government and non-profit organizations. I’ve been a school board member for the last four years and offer our community a combination of excellent experience in serving without having become entrenched and blind to needed changes in our system.

Where do you work and what is your job title? (If retired, list position before retirement)

Executive Director, Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus

What date were you born and where?

Oct. 19, 1960, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky

What is your spouse's name, if any?


What are the names and ages of your children, if any?

Ben, 24; Sam 20; Maggie, 17

Please list the schools and colleges you attended, the degrees you attained and when.

Hardee County High School-Diploma 1978, Troy State University-Bachelors of Science, 1983

Have you ever held an elected or appointed public office? (Include dates and office title)

Yes, elected to Modesto City Schools Board of Education in 2005

Have you run before for an elected public office? (Include dates and exact office title)

Modesto City Schools Board of Education twice, once in 2003, once in 2005

Approximately how much money do you expect to spend on your campaign?

Approximately $10,000-15,000

Have you ever been convicted or charged with a crime other than a minor traffic violation? If so, please explain and include dates and locations.


Have you or a business you owned or had principal interest in ever filed bankruptcy? If so, please include dates and the location the bankruptcy was filed.


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