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Candidate questionnaire: Denise Hurd

Denise Hurd What office do you seek?Trustee of the Denair Unified School District What is your political party?The Denair Unified School District Trustee position is non-political Where do you work and what is your job title? (If retired, list position before retirement)For the last ten years I have been self-employed as a technology coordinator / consultant assisting small business, educators and educational authors across the country with technology, websites, newsletters, presentations and the development of materials used for a variety of educational publications. What date were you born and where?February 10 – Ashland OR If you have a spouse, what is his or her name? His name is Shelly

What are the names and ages of your children, if any?Forrest - 28, Jessica - 20, Elliot - 14 Please list the schools and colleges you attended, the degrees you attained and when. I have degrees in Business Administration with a concentration of computer science and accounting and a degree in Animal Science. Have you served in the military? If so, please list branch and rank attained. No.

Have you ever held an elected or appointed public office? (Include dates and office title)Appointed as a Denair Unified School District Trustee – June 2003Elected as a Denair Unified School District Trustee – November 2003 Have you run before for an elected public office? (Include dates and exact office title)Yes - Denair Unified School District Trustee – November 2003 Please list up to five professional, social, community, labor or fraternal groups to which you belong.Denair Education FoundationDUSD Technology Committee Campaign Web site address:N/A 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: N/A Approximately how much money do you expect to spend on your campaign?Very little, if any. I prefer to get my message out the old fashion way - meeting people and shaking hands. I think it’s important to put a face with a name on the ballot. Since I support measure K I will be able to combine my re-election efforts while garnering support for this important local measure. 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.No.

What is the primary reason you are running for this office?I decided to run again because I believe we are doing a good job but still have work to do. The federal and state rules and funding will continue to change, and we need to be prepared to adjust effectively and efficiently for the benefit of our students.

I want to continue to build strong, supporting relationships among the trustees, administrators, teachers, parents, and students. Strong relationships help to ensure the time the students spend in the classrooms creates the highest quality opportunity to learn.

What will your single most important priority be if you get elected?I think it is important that the voters understand that the Trustees must work together, with all the facets within Denair Unified School District to be successful in providing the best possible education for the our students. An individual's priorities tend only to get in the way of everyone being able to work together. A single trustee is just a community citizen. The Board of Trustees as a group has the ability to propose and effect necessary change.

I want us to continue to maintain a safe environment, expand curriculum offerings, and enhance rigorous teaching and learning throughout the district. What sets you apart from the other candidates?I embrace technological tools as a way to enhance learning and my background and experience help me assist the district in accepting ‘change’ smoothly. On the more traditional side, I have a passion for reading not just for knowledge but for pleasure, and I have learned if you teach the later, the former follows.

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