Incumbent Tami Harrill-Muniz is one of two candidates for the Turlock Unified School District's Area 2 Trustee seat. She will face retired utility director Deborah Martin in the Nov. 5 election.
The following information was submitted to TurlockCityNews.com by Harrill-Muniz.
How long have you lived in Turlock, and what is your age and occupation?
I have lived in Turlock my whole life and I am a third generation Turlock native. I'm 46 years old and I am a Customer Service Specialist for Foster Farms.
Do you have children in the TUSD, or have you in the past?
My oldest son (Chad) attended all Turlock public schools and graduated from (Turlock High School), my youngest son (Brett) has also only attended Turlock public schools and is currently attending THS.
Why are you running for the TUSD Board of Trustees?
I would like to follow through (with) the implementation of Common Core (Standards). I am very interested to watch it as it all unfolds and I feel it will be a great benefit to our students as well as giving our teachers back some of the flexibility the teachers had in my school days to reach every student no matter what the challenges are that they bring to the classroom. I have learned so much while being on the board and it's been a huge honor to serve the families of Turlock and I hope that I can continue to do that for another four years.
What grade would you give TUSD for providing an overall quality education?
B. We have more choices and course options than many other districts and (the) administration is always looking for more new and innovative ways to help our students to be successful after high school. I believe as a district we have created a climate (where) every student can have the opportunity to go to college, and I truly believe that and I think the students believe that as well.
If not an A+, what do you feel can be done to help TUSD be the best that it can be?
I would love to see us be able to offer more (Regional Occupational Programs) at the high school level to give students an opportunity to actually have hands-on experience in what could become a trade for them. My son, for example, took auto shop and auto body and ended up attending and graduating (from Universal Technical Institute) in Sacramento and recently started working in the truck shop at Foster Farms. I would also like to expand our magnet programs including the new (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) class at (Turlock Junior High School).
In your opinion, what are the biggest issue(s) facing TUSD?
Currently I feel that student safety is at the forefront. Not that it hasn't always been, because it has always been a priority for TUSD, but with the issues in the world that we have had happen we can all do better and more to keep our campuses safer. Along with that would be obviously Common Core (Standards)and making sure all our staff are trained and ready to go!