|Four Candidates Run for School Board Unopposed||| Print ||
|Thursday, 01 November 2012 15:46|
By Amy Sylvestri
San Leandro Times
The election is just days away, but a handful of San Leandro candidates aren’t feeling any last-minute stress – all four candidates for the school board are running unopposed.
The candidates are Corina Lopez (Area 1), Vince Rosato (Area 3), Diana Prola (Area 5) and Jason Toro (At-Large). All the candidates except Prola will be new to the school board.
Incumbent Diana Prola is running unopposed and will retain her seat in Area 5 and says she is excited about working with the new trustees.
“I think the three new people will help set a positive tone for the board in the coming years,” said Prola, a retired teacher.
Prola said that the biggest challenge for the board will definitely be funding – she said that if Governor Jerry Brown’s tax increase Proposition 30 doesn’t pass, it will be “a disaster.”
Corina Lopez runs a technology consulting business in San Leandro with her husband and is president of the Best Manor Neighborhood Association. Like Prola, she is also a member of the Democratic Party Central Committee.
Vince Rosato is an elementary school teacher in the New Haven School District. He says his experience as an educator will help him relate to parents and students as he serves on the board. He says he wants to help students develop academic success as well as a sense of purpose.
Jason Toro is a small-business owner and father of four kids in the district ranging in age from kindergarten to high school. He says that he wants to join the board for his kids and to contribute to San Leandro as a whole.
“The schools affect all of us,” Toto said. “Property value, quality of life, everything. It’s important for people who are invested in the community to get involved.”
The new faces will replace current school board trustees Hermy Almonte (Area 1) and Morgan Mack-Rose (At-Large), who have both left the board after one term to run for City Council, and Area 3 Trustee Carmen Sullivan has opted not to run for a second term.