Armida Martinez says her qualifications for the Woodlake Unified School District Board lie in her longevity for the places she knows best. She says she has attended Woodlake schools and so have her children and grandchildren.
“I’ve always been an active volunteer with our schools in one way or another. I’m a Woodlake person through and through…these children are our future,” Martinez said.
• What do you see as the main issue facing the school district?
“Money is the root of a lot of our issues, making overdue equipment updates or enticing quality teachers to come here. Our current teachers and educators are struggling to survive on their salaries too. We need fiscal room for classroom supplies as well as for maintenance and other supportive departments.” – Martinez
• What are your thoughts on converting to K-5 schools?
“I’m not in favor. If enough people show interest then it would need to be discussed. Remodeling schools for students of various ages costs a lot. With bullying in schools, no one wants to hear ‘my school is better.’ Our schools are still small enough where it makes sense for our kids to start and end school together. It might need to be reexamined yearly depending on growth.” – Martinez
• How can you help Woodlake Unified be better?
“I want to really listen to our people, students, faculty and staff. I want to understand their concerns as we can ask the right questions and make the right plans. Changes need to be made now while planning for the future so that when the future arrives, we’re ready for it.” – Martinez
Correction: The second responses to the final two questions in Oct. 24 article titled “Incumbent, candidates campaign for Area B Woodlake Unified School District Seat” are from Donna Fraser and not Armida Martinez. Armida Martinez did respond to the questionnaire via text message prior to the response deadline.