Sharla Moore, the third candidate in the three-way race for Manteca Unified School District’s Area 1 in Weston Ranch, is a wife and mother of three young children.
The oldest is a sophomore at Weston Ranch High School, The younger ones are third and sixth graders at August Knodt Elementary in Weston Ranch. They are a big part of the reason Moore is throwing her hat into the election race for Board of Trustees in the November elections.
She is not a neophyte when it comes to the hot-button issues in the school district either. Like Alison Ordner, who is also running for the same position being vacated by outgoing Trustee Rex Holiday, Moore is active in school activities particularly in the campuses where her children are enrolled. Besides being an active Booster Club member, she is also president of August Knodt’s Parent-Teacher Club.
It was that familiarity with school issues and needs which was the driving force in her decision to run for a seat on the seven-panel Board of Trustees. At the recent MUSD Candidates Night, parent involvement is a “huge problem” in Weston Ranch and that communication between parents, teachers, and school administration is something that she thinks could use some improvement.
“I have always noticed a slight disconnect in the communication between the teachers, parents and administration. It is my primary goal to bridge these gaps, increase parent awareness, and encourage more pa rent involvement in our schools,” she said during Candidates Night, and which she reiterates in her election web site.
“My top priority is to focus on student achievement and to ensure our students graduate career- and college-ready, prepared for the challenges in a globally competitive world,” added Moore who holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a juris doctorate.
The other top priority for Moore is the issue of bullying. “It is my opinion that students need to be further educated on the damage bullying can cause, and parents should be further educated on how to help their child either as the parent of the child being bullied or as the parent of the child doing the bullying,” she added in her campaign statement.
Moore is running against Ordner and Sam Fant as Trustee for the Weston Ranch Area 1 which is the only one with candidates on the November 6 ballot.
Two other seats on the board are open at the end of the year. Trustee Wendy King of Area 5 is not running for re-election. Deborah Romero was the only one who filed candidate’s papers for this seat so her name will not be on the ballot. No other interested candidates also filed for the position of Area 3 incumbent Trustee Michael Seelye whose term is ending in November. He has filed re-election papers but is running without opposition, so his name also will not be on the ballot. He and Romero will be automatically appointed and sworn in to their respective seats.