This week, I attended the school board candidate forum at Goodman Middle School and walked away feeling more confident than ever that Leslie Harbaugh belongs on the Peninsula School District board of directors.
Question after question, Harbaugh topped her opponent in terms of understanding education issues, volunteer experience in schools and the ability to articulate clear answers to important questions that matter to voters.
Clearly, Harbaugh isn’t someone who is waiting for after the election to dive in. Her sleeves have been rolled up and she’s been knee-deep in serving our schools for years. She devotes several hours a day reading local, regional and national news about education. She takes this role seriously and studies to become as knowledgeable as possible. As the parent of three kids at three schools in this district, I’m impressed. That kind of commitment demonstrates a real desire to pursue excellence for our schools and - most importantly - our students.
While Harbaugh’s opponent cites his teaching experience as a qualification, it’s Harbaugh who has the backing of Peninsula teachers. She’s the candidate the Peninsula Education Association has chosen to endorse for position 4. To me, that speaks volumes.
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