By Miriam Raftery
January 3, 2018 (Dehesa) – Karen Kirkpatrick has been named a provisional appointee by the Dehesa School Board to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Vincent Blanco. Kirkpatrick will fill the vacancy until the election on November 3rd, unless a petition calling for a special election is filed with the County Superintendent of Schools within 30 days of the December 18th appointment.
Kirkpatrick, a parent of three children, including a daughter in the district, praises the support she has received from teachers and staff. Currently a virtual assistant and graphic designer working from home, her career has included many years working with organizations that support education.
She ahs worked with the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and Pigeon Point Light House, working with county and state agencies to develop educational materials and a docent program. She later worked in the business sector managing a large account for a marketing agency and subsequently worked with a nonprofit in Santa Cruz, according to her application.
Locally she has been a parent volunteer serving on field trips, served as an unofficial aide and helped fundraiser for her child’s school.
She views the most important issues facing public university and the district include finances, teacher burn out, parent involvement, SARC ratings/enrollment, college/university and trade schools, and country school “dirt” – ie, creating a RH program or Life Lab for students to grow plants. She wants to bring her marketing skills to the board to improve enrollment, and pledges to “watch, learn, and then lend tremendous creativity towards our success.”
To view Karen Kirkpatrick’s application and full qualifications, click here.
To view the notice of provisional appointment and information on how to file a petition for a special election, click here.