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Santa Clara County, CA November 5, 2002 Election
Board Member; Mountain View-Whisman School District Voter Information

4 Year Term.

Results as of Nov 20 3:06pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (46/46)
Candidates (Vote for 2)
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Frances R. "Fran" Kruss 5,304 votes 31.9%

  • Occupation: Incumbent
  • Member of the School Board for over eleven years.
  • Served as Board President for the first year of the MVWSD.
  • Enrolled in CSBA's Masters in Governance Program; experienced working on Strategic Plans.
  • Member of the MV-LA PTA Council and the Santa Clara County School Board Association Executive Committee.
  • Experienced lobbying for education and advocating for students.
  • RN since 1966. Worked in Critical care for over twenty years.
  • Student Success - We need a strong focus on promoting student success and narrowing the "achievement gap."
  • Strategic Plan Developement - We need to persue the developement of the Mountain View-Whisman School District Strategic Plan.
  • Finance - We need to obtain stable annual funding, ensure that required programs are fully funded, and obtain additional funding sources.
Ellen Wheeler 4,634 votes 27.9%
  • Occupation: Attorney/Mediator
  • JD, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Teaching credential, SJSU
  • BA, San Jose State University
  • C.A.T. representative, MVWSD
  • School Site Council, Bubb Elementary School
  • PTA Board, Bubb Elementary School
  • Advocate for the Community
  • Accessiblity
  • Communication
Elaine Eileen Spence 3,893 votes 23.4%
  • Occupation: Small Business Owner
  • President, Slater School PTA
  • Los Altos/Mtn. View PTA Council
  • Mountain View Educational Foundation
  • Middle School Task Force, MVWSD
  • Graduate of Leadership Mountain View
  • School Site Council member and Chair, Slater Elementary School
  • Communication - Give everyone involved a direct voice through targeted community forums. Regular use of local media can clarify district policies.
  • Fiscal Responsibility - Manage our financial resources wisely in these difficult economic times with Students' and Teachers' needs as a Top Priority
  • Develop "Choice" Middle Schools - Prepare our kids educationally and socially for success in High School. Form Key Partnerships with the High Schools.
Theo Olson 2,773 votes 16.7%
  • Occupation: Community Relations Manager
  • MVWSD Middle School Task Force
  • Junior Achievement Mentor
  • Classroom Volunteer at Slater & Castro
  • Leadership Mountain View, Class of 2002
  • Leadership Mountain View Council
  • Focus on continuous improvement for academic excellence
  • Collaborate on issues with a variety of community representatives
  • Utilize technology to enhance a varied approach to teaching

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The the League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mtn. View Area has asked all candidates for this office to respond to 3 questions on High School Exit Exam, The future, and Inclusivity.


Candidates' Forum
Oct. 24, 7:00-7:55 p.m., M.V. Council Chambers (and Mtn. View City Council 8-9:30)
sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Los Altos/Mtn. View Area
News and Analysis

San Jose Mercury News - Oct. 26

Mountain View Voice - Oct. 25 General Links

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