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West Sonoma County Union High School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Jeanne Bassett Fernandes

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7,729 votes (20.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • We must provided for all students in all areas of the learning spectrum. I am most concerned about those in the middle; the ones that just get by. We need a Vocational/Work Study Program/Interships to help them find their place in the world.
  • Manage and sustain a comprehensive budget for the district. Provide budget sessions for all stake holders to have a better understanding of classroom, department and staffing budgets. Where does our money go?
  • Provide safe, diverse and healthy learning environments at all of our schools. We need to make certain that bullying is not allowed in any form. If it does takes place, it must be dealt with swiftly and firmly.



Profession:Administrative Support, Medical Field
Administrative Assistant, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital (2014–current)
Environmental Health and Safety Specialist, Kaiser Permanente (2007–2013)
Trustee, WSCUHSD — Elected position (1998–2010)
Trustee, WSCUHSD — Appointed position (1997–1998)


Sonoma State University AA from Santa Rosa Jr. College, Shy10 units for my BA (2013)

Community Activities

Chair, Sonoma County School District Organization Commitee (2005–current)
Member, VFW Auxilliary (2004–current)
Chair, WSCUHSD Bond Oversight Committee (2011–current)
Rotarian, Sebastopol Sunrise Rotary (1998–2005)
Committee Chair, Parcel Tax for WSCUHD (1997–1988)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Wayne Hunnicutt - Former Trustee
  • Betsy Amirkhan - Teacher
  • Keller McDonald, Former Superintendent WSCUHSD

Organizations (1)

  • Evolve

Elected Officials (3)

  • Gabe Kearney, Petaluma City Council Member
  • Robbie Woosley, Trustee-Elect Oak Grove School District
  • David Stecher - Trustee - WSCUHSD

Individuals (18)

  • Laura Lapera
  • Neysa-candidate for Seb. City Council
  • Tim Sargent- teacher
  • Kristyn Appleby
  • Buzzy Martin - Author/Muscian
  • Nancy Scott Hunnicutt
  • Joe and Nicole Ellwood - Teachers
  • Paul Goodin - Police Officer
  • Sarah Goodin - Teacher
  • Bob Cullinen and Tommi Smith - Teachers
  • Darrell and Teresa Ramondo
  • Joseph Heil - Former Teacher
  • Chris Heller - Former Principal
  • Martin Webb - former Principal
  • Judi Goodin - RN/Safety Professional
  • Dan Davis - Sebastopol Business Man & Community Volunteer
  • Linda Tighe Helton - Teacher
  • Lorretta and Chip Castleberry - Former Teachers

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Jeanne Bassett Fernandes:

As a District we should reach out via public forums and workshops to all stakeholders, including students, teachers, parents, Administrative Staff and the general public to gather ideas for a the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). I would recommend a smaller working group, appointed by the board, with representation of each stakeholder group, chaired by the Superintendent, would work on an LCAP. The plan of course would also need to include measurable outcomes for all students, of all abilities. The LCAP would then provide the mechanism for how the district allocates funds for programs thoughout the year. It culminates with the adoption of the final district budget.

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