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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Libertarian Trustee Hickey Interviewed In Redwood City School Board Race

Jack Hickey is a past Chair of the San Mateo County Libertarian Party, and is an elected member of the Sequoia Healthcare District board.  On Sep. 22 the San Mateo Daily Journal discussed his Nov. 3 race for Redwood City Elementary School District board.  Excerpts:

Last week, the four candidates spent an hour in the Daily Journal offices discussing their thoughts on problems facing the district. Conservative financing while expanding programs seemed to be a consensus among the incumbents and Cuniberti-Duran while Hickey made a goal of downsizing the district. [...]

Hickey had a different approach including having the district assertively go after the state for IOU money, which the district previously thought it lost. More importantly, Hickey said closing a school would save much money. Budget cuts meant larger class sizes, meaning eliminating the need for some teachers. Continuing this trend, Hickey argued, would result in the need of less classrooms and justify the closing a small school like John Gill Elementary. Doing so would eliminate the cost of a principal, electricity and other costs that go along with running a school. Simultaneously, the district could lease the site to generate money. [...]

For Hickey, creating a property tax credit program, similar to a voucher program, combined with the elimination of class-size reduction were important goals if elected. [...]

Hickey suggested having the district partner with a company to offer computers to family at a discounted price. Families would pay for the computers, but such a program, he explained, could help all in the family learn English.

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