Editor’s note: Many other school districts in Solano County delayed their elections until 2014 because of the bigger turnout and cost savings backers say come with ballots in even years. The Travis School District continues with elections in odd years and three candidates seek two seats to represent Area 2 on the district’s board of trustees. The area covers the district excluding Travis Air Force Base, which is represented by a trustee who lives on the base. The election is Nov. 5.
FAIRFIELD — Do what’s right for the kids. That’s Donna Bishop’s guideline for serving as a Travis School District trustee.
Bishop said when she began on the school board four years ago, the panel lacked a parent’s perspective. She’s tried to bring that to a school district that, like others in California, has seen hard financial times.
“I’ve seen it at the worst,” Bishop said of finances. “It’s looking better.”
A trustee’s role involves setting policy for the district.
“We don’t fix problems at the school level,” she said.
All of the Travis district’s efforts to communicate with the community can’t overcome the indifference of some, Bishop said.
“It’s just really hard to get some parents motivated,” she said.
The job as trustee pays only a few hundred dollars a few month, said Bishop, who said that amount is more than she expected.
“When I took office I didn’t even know we got a stipend,” she said.
Three of her children graduated from schools in the district, as have seven of her foster children.
Bishop said if voters are educated about issues affecting Travis School District, she can win re-election.
“I have a chance,” she said. “You never know what’s going to sway people.”
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