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Candidate questionnaire: Diane Sol

Diane Sol What office do you seek?

Ceres Unified School District Board Member What is your political party? I am a registered Republican, but this position is non partisan

Where do you work and what is your job title? (If retired, list position before retirement) Farmer I own and manage a small farm and I am a partner, with my husband, in a small business called Columbia Machine. What date were you born and where?October 28 in Oakland, CA If you have a spouse, what is his or her name?John

What are the names and ages of your children, if any?Jennifer 27 and Jonathan 20 Have you ever held an elected or appointed public office? (Include dates and office title)

I have served four years, as Board Member, Clerk, and as Board President, of the Ceres Unified School District Board of Trustees. Have you run before for an elected public office? (Include dates and exact office title)

Yes, I was elected to serve on the Ceres Unified Board of Trustees in 2004. Please list up to five professional, social, community, labor or fraternal groups to which you belong. I am a delegate for California School Boards Association, a member of Stanislaus County School Boards Association Executive Board and I belong to the Soroptimist of Ceres. 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:

4754 West Service Road – Modesto, CA 95358

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

A few thousand 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?

My main reason is to insure our children receive the best education possible. I am running for a second year term to continue the work we have done in preparing our students for the future. In the last four years: (1) I have trained for many days on how to the be the best Board member possible, and received the Masters in Governance Certification from the California School Boards Association; (2) I have experience with a successful building and renovation program, as reflected in our successful $166,000,000 building program. I am also very experienced with the collective bargaining processes and I want to insure that our staff will continue to be paid competitive salaries. Most importantly, I have first hand experience in implementing a successful strategic planning process that has driven our school district’s academic performance to be one of the best in this State; and, (3) I want to continue to demonstrate my commitment through my many visits and inspections of our schools to insure that our parents and students benefit from the best facilities possible and the best teaching possible. What will your single most important priority be if you get elected?

My single most important priority is to continue to have our District be one of the best at providing a first class quality education to our students and to truly prepare our children to enter the job market and or the universities and to be prepared to compete in a very challenging economic world. What sets you apart from the other candidates?

I have a proven track record and commitment to the students, parents, teachers and staff. I visit schools often to witness first hand the quality of the teaching and the environment that is provided to our students. I do my homework and am I viewed by my fellow Board members as driven to insure that we make the best decisions possible.