Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Board Candidates Differ in Positions, Experiences.

Candidate questionnaire

In preparation for the Feb. 6 school board election, Santa Fe Public Schools candidates responded to Journal North questionnaires. Donita O. Sena is running unopposed in District 5.

Questions for Candidates:

1. Can you list three top priorities for improving your district and how the school board could help?

2. What could the school board do to help the district recruit and retain high-quality employees, especially teachers?

3. What is your opinion on charter schools?

4. What could the school board do to help schools with large numbers of children who are not performing well on standardized tests?

5. What is the district's superintendent doing well and what do you think the superintendent could improve upon?

6. What could the school board do to lower the high school dropout rate of 12 percent, the second highest in the state?

Robb Young Hirsch

District 2, Ballot Position 1

AGE: 30

FAMILY: No children. Wife, Numi, teaches second grade at Cesar Chavez Elementary School

EDUCATION: Attended one-room schoolhouse in Gold Hill, Colo.; BA from Harvard University (government major, football captain, cum laude graduate, and Academic All Ivy); Fulbright Scholar and MA in conflict resolution and cultural relations from University of Otago in New Zealand.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Youth leadership counselor for New Mexico Center for Dispute Resolution, Santa Fe High School, Tesuque Pueblo and Boys and Girls Club; two-year Americorps member mentoring children in Hopewell-Mann neighborhood and teaching nonviolence, 1998-1999; counselor for Native American teen-agers at Intermountain Youth Centers, 1998-2000. Independent candidate for state representative, received 37 percent of the vote; staff for former Sen. Tim Wirth, D-Colo. …

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