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Candidate questionnaire: Jim Kinard

Jim Kinard What office do you seek?

Ceres School Board What is your political party? Where do you work and what is your job title? (If retired, list position before retirement)

Retired, Elementary School Teacher, Ceres Unified School District What date were you born and where?

1944, Eldorado, Arkansas If you have a spouse, what is his or her name?

Eileen Kinard

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

Jeff, 42Jon, 38Justin, 35 Please list the schools and colleges you attended, the degrees you attained and when.

Graduated from Amos Alonzo Stagg High, 1963A.A. Degree: Stockton Delta CollegeB.A. Degree: California State University, Sacramento, 1976Major: Liberal Studies Have you served in the military? If so, please list branch and rank attained.

Air Force (1963 – 1967) Sergeant Have you ever held an elected or appointed public office? (Include dates and office title)

No Have you run before for an elected public office? (Include dates and exact office title)

No Please list up to five professional, social, community, labor or fraternal groups to which you belong.

National Education AssociationCalifornia Teachers’ Association Campaign Web site address:

Please list the campaign contact information you want made available to the general public in print and online, including a phone number, address and e-mail:

Email: jgkinard@charter.netWebpage: Approximately how much money do you expect to spend on your campaign?

$4,000.00 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.

No 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.


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

My primary reason for running is to work for an educational outcome that insures that every student receives the highest quality education possible.

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

As an elementary school teacher, I have seen the content areas of science and social studies given a lower priority to that of reading, writing and math, especially since No Child Left Behind. Research shows that students today are woefully lacking in science and social studies skills, which is a serious problem in today’s competitive world. Therefore a high priority of mine would be to improve student achievement in science and social studies. One possible solution would be to combine the three and teach reading through the content areas, at least in grades 4th – 6th. All kids, in all categories, learn best through a hands-on motivational approach, and science and social studies provide that avenue. These content areas also allow the application of what the students have leaned in writing and math. I believe this approach would not only produce excellent readers, but excellent higher-level thinkers and problem solvers as well. We have excellent teachers in Ceres, and I’m sure that many would volunteer to pilot such a program. Who knows, maybe this would also free up some time for more instruction in the Arts. What sets you apart from the other candidates? What sets me apart from the other candidates is my experience, 30 years, within the field of education. I had the privilege of being a Ceres Unified School District employee for almost 29 years; serving as a classroom teacher for most of those years while also providing leadership as a resource teacher, lead teacher, mentor and interim principal. During this time I learned the importance of being a good listener, a quality that an effective board member must have. The ability to listen respectfully to all points of view, from the community, the parents, the students, the staff, and the administration before making decisions that affect the education of our children.