The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees has three seats open in the November election.

The Independent supports the re-election of Craig Bueno, and the election of Dave Vonheeder and Emily Prusso.

As board president, Bueno has overseen the addition of solar energy at school sites, saving thousands each year. The district has added International Baccalaureate schools and advocated for more choices in Career Technical Education. He was instrumental in the passage of Measure G, which provided funding for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs, as well as smaller class sizes.

Vonheeder has worked in the schools in many volunteer roles. He implemented the inaugural book fair to promote literacy. He serves as an elected school site council member and a representative for the district financial committee. Some see his connection with the charter school as a negative. However, he says that he does not favor charter schools, given the lack of effective laws regarding finances, oversight and accountability.

Prusso advocates for options to meet the different educational needs of students. She too was involved with the charter school. She believes that there are now a lot of current programs in the district that outweigh the need for a charter school, such as school choice, two magnet K-8 schools, IB programs, CTE programs, Green Engineering Academy, and Dual Immersion.

Vote for Craig Bueno, Dave Vonheeder and Emily Prusso in November.