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Right person at right time

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From page A8 | April 22, 2014 |

I urge the school board to appoint Madhavi Sunder to the open seat on May 8. I am confident that Madhavi has what it takes to be an excellent member of the Davis school board. Madhavi, a product of public schools and universities, is committed to seeing that Davis schools continue to provide a high-quality education for all our students.

Madhavi showed her willingness, even before her kids were in school, to work on behalf of Davis’ schools when she led the campaign to name the new school after civil rights hero Fred Korematsu. Even though Madhavi works full time as a professor at King Hall School of Law at UC Davis, she is a tireless volunteer in our schools. She has served on the Korematsu PTA, the GATE Advisory Committee and a Strategic Planning Committee Action Team, to name just a few.

Although with two elementary-aged children of her own, Madhavi has a personal stake in the quality of our schools, she is dedicated to the needs of all our students. Whether they are bound for trade schools or colleges and universities across the country, she wants to be sure their experiences in the Davis schools are the best they can be.

Madhavi already has an impressive track record of work on behalf of Davis students. She is knowledgeable about budgets and programs. She is committed to representing the community as she addresses the challenges ahead.

As a former teacher in the Davis schools for 24 years, as the mother and stepmother of four and the grandmother of three who have attended K-12 in Davis, I believe I have a good idea of the kind of person we need on our board. I believe Madhavi Sunder is the right person at the right time. We are so fortunate she is willing to serve. I hope the board will appoint Madhavi to the open seat.

Deborah Nichols Poulos

Davis

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  • April 22, 2014 - 6:39 am

    What a wonderful letter by a longtime treasured teacher in the Davis schools. Madhavi Sunder would certainly work tirelessly for all the children in the schools. Given her brilliance and commitment to work hard on behalf of the children, she would be an invaluable asset to the district.

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  • Lynn PinckneyApril 23, 2014 - 10:50 am

    Mashavi is nice enough, but too one-sided for a Board position. She started the famous petition to not change Gate (which ended with fraud and slander). She had to be threatened to be escorted out of Gate Advisory committee meetings for being rude and demanding. She has belittled the Superintendent in the Strategic Planning meeting and quickly threatens to "get the press involved" when other participants remain rationale. She would be a disastrous choice for our school board which already has enough drama.

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  • Faith AuzenneApril 23, 2014 - 12:22 pm

    I think a few facts may be off. Ms Sunder has not served on the board of the Korematsu PTO, nor was she seated on the advisory committee. I agree that we need a board member who will represent all of the children in our district, but because of her vocal involvement in preserving a self-contained high-achievement GATE/AIM program, she is promoting a point of view that separates our children and by definition gives them an unequal education. The school district would be better served selecting a less polarizing candidate.

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