Livermore school board President Craig Bueno is one of three incumbents seeking re-election in the Nov. 8 general election.
Bueno was first elected to the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Board of Education in 2014 and ran a successful re-election campaign in 2018. With his second term set to expire this fall, he's hoping to secure another four-year seat on the board.
"When elected to Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Trustee, I vowed to improve our facilities, protect small class sizes, restore budgets to athletics and the arts, and bring excellence to our Livermore schools," Bueno said in a statement to Livermore Vine. "I have kept my word, and will continue to pursue excellence."
Bueno also cited a number of district achievements that have taken place over the years since he's been a member of the board.
"Our facilities bond has improved all of our 18 campuses (technology packages, HVAC, roofing systems, painting etc.) and transformed Livermore High School, East Avenue Middle School and Joe Michell International Baccalaureate K-8, with major improvements to Granada High School. We have restored music programs and athletic funding. We maintained small class sizes with passage of Measure A. I initiated our solar program years ago and we now net $800,000 annually in energy savings. Currently we are working on phase-two of our bond that will focus on broad transformational projects throughout our schools," he said.
The other two at-large seats up for grabs this year are currently held by Trustee Anne White and Clerk Emily Prusso, who are also both seeking re-election.
The new challengers are associate professor Steven Drouin, student and community organizer Hayden Sidun, development director Kristina Mazaika, retired legal businessman John Kupski, doctor and businesswoman Deena Kaplanis and community member and mother Alexandria Izarraraz.
Bueno and his family have called Livermore home for 37 years. He and his wife raised three sons together who all attended LVJUSD schools.
"I served 28 years as a professional firefighter. During that time and since retiring I have dedicated myself to serving our youth," Bueno said.
In addition to serving on the school board, Bueno has been a local youth sports coach for more than 25 years, including his current role as defensive line coach for the varsity football team at Granada High School.
"I am tuned into our youth and truly focused on the needs of our students. I believe we can achieve excellence with our students and remain dedicated to providing them with a safe environment, exceptional instruction and modern schools," he said.
With eight years on the board, Bueno has been president for the last seven of them.
"As Board President these past several years, I have witnessed and experienced the hardships of a worldwide pandemic, overcome fiscal uncertainty, and continuously pushed for opportunity and excellence in our schools," Bueno said on his campaign website.
Bueno said his goal in seeking another term is to continue building upon the priorities he's been focusing on since first joining the board which include, supporting STEM, the arts and athletics in schools as well as modernizing facilities, expanding public and private partnerships and saving the district money.
To learn more about Bueno and his campaign, visit buenoforschools.com