The Brentwood Union School District board covered potential budget cuts, future technology, community involvement and bridging funding gaps in the Election Previews 2012 debate that began airing Oct. 5.

Incumbent Carlos Sanabria and newcomers Vincent Kraeber and Jim Cushing are all vying for two seats on the Brentwood school board. The debate was moderated by Times' political reporter Lisa Vorderbrueggen and began airing Oct. 5.

As a Brentwood native, Sanabria is seeking a third term after helping to craft the district's strategic plan and training Spanish-speaking parents to better understand their rights and responsibilities.

"We (board) have scrutinized district staffing levels," said the longtime employee of the Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District. "I'm most proud of keeping the district fiscally solvent."

Kraeber, a youth coach and volunteer, said he is committed to not reducing the number of school days each academic year despite potential budget cuts. He would also like to see the district implement more technology in the classroom and utilize Brentwood parents more as an educational resource.

"Kids should always come first. I believe that we need to keep education as a priority," Kraeber said.


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Cushing, who holds a master's degree from Stanford University and a California K-8 teaching credential, said the district should explore alternative funding options like the millions of dollars in venture capital that are being used in education today. He also spent four years serving on the Brentwood Planning Commission.

"I think we have to reach out to them, so they understand what the benefit is," Cushing said. "We can leverage the dollars to bring technology into the classroom."

Reach staff writer Paula King at 925-779-7174 or pking@bayareanewsgroup.com.

Watch the Forum

Brentwood Union School District -- Channel 24: 7 p.m. on Oct. 7, 12, 14, 19, 26, 28, Nov. 2 and 4.

Carlos Sanabria

Age: 54
Occupation: Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District employee
Political background: Seeking a third term on Brentwood school board

Jim Cushing
Age: 64
Occupation: Works with technology companies. Holds a master's degree from Stanford University in early childhood development and created an infant/toddler program on campus. He also taught kindergarten in San Ramon and holds a California K-8 teaching credential.
Political background: Former Brentwood Planning Commissioner

Vincent KraeBer

Age: 53

Occupation: IT manager of a Brentwood law firm

Political background: Local coach and adult adviser of the Brentwood Youth Commission