In a recent article on the Press Enterprise, Erin Waldner explores any conflict of interest issues with Steve Hovey’s position as the Chief Personnel Officer for the Riverside County Office of Education and his run for the Beaumont Unified School Board. Does it really matter? I don’t think so.
Each of us has a connection to our school district, in one way or another. I don’t think we should elect someone who has no special interest in what happens in our schools. Voters need to know each candidate's relationship to the schools. I believe each candidate has an obligation to completely disclose any and all connections they have with Beaumont Unified regardless if the candidate believes their relationship creates a conflict of interest. More important than, to whom we are related; our roll in hiring the superintendent; or his role in promoting our career, is why we want to serve on the school board. I have two important relationships with our schools, my fifth grade daughter and my second grade son, both attend Brookside Elementary, these are my two conflicts of interest. They conflict me daily.
I am running for school board because I love my kids and want to do everything possible to insure they, and all our kids, have the best educational opportunities available. Unlike many parents, I am in a position in my life where I am able to give back to our schools and our community. I want to make it easy for other parents to learn for themselves what is happening in our schools. I believe it is important to have parents, with no other agenda than the success of their kids, in a position to represent our kids in a planning and decision making process in which all the other stakeholders are well represented.
If you like the way things are and the direction we are headed, there are plenty of candidates for you, I’m not your guy. If you want something better for our kids please vote for me.