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 — John Dickerson says he brings a broad perspective in his candidacy for a seat on the school board.
His goals include a more diverse technical vocational track for students who prefer that. The Travis district’s financial outlook is improving, Dickerson said.
“We are slowing coming out of this financial quandary,” he said.
Still, he noted the funds end as they come out of a firehouse and return running through a straw.
Among the roles for school board members is to hire the most qualified people to work in the district, Dickerson said.
He supports Common Core standards and said among their benefits is that if a child moves with his family to another state, the child doesn’t miss a step in school. The federal program No Child Left Behind couldn’t be sustained, Dickerson said.
Walking precincts during the campaign has brought range of comments from residents, he said.
“Common Core is a big one,” he said of voter interests. “There’s a lot of misinformation about Common Core.”
The candidate said he suggests people go to the Travis School District website with its links to information about the new standards.
Dickerson cites his years of experience as an information technology manager, successfully managing projects with strict timeliness and budgets.
Success, he said, comes when people, whether artists or engineers, achieve their goals.
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