Poppenga Files for Second School Board Run

Bob Poppenga files for School Board at the Yolo County Elections Office/ courtesy photo
Bob Poppenga files for School Board at the Yolo County Elections Office/ courtesy photo

(from Press Release) – Bob Poppenga, a faculty veterinarian at UC Davis, became the first official candidate for the Davis school board in the November election.  He filed at the Yolo County Elections office on Wednesday. He was a school board candidate in 2014.

Poppenga  has been a university educator for over 25 years.  He moved to Davis with his wife in 2004. Their two teenage daughters attend Davis public schools.

Poppenga is active in the Davis community and currently serves on the executive board of the Explorit Science Center and the Youth Services and International Committees of the Davis Sunrise Rotary Club.  He has served on the District’s Parcel Tax Oversight and CTE/STEAM Advisory Committees.

He is an avid proponent of public/private partnerships to take advantage the educational resoures and opportunities in the Davis community.  Poppenga recently spearheaded the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine’s partnership with the District to support a veterinary science career pathway and to create paid summer internships in veterinary science for Davis High School students.

“I believe that our public schools need to find creative ways to provide every student with the necessary skills for future success no matter what career pathway they choose.” Poppenga said.  “We need thoughtful leadership to truly achieve the district’s stated mission of being a leader in educational innovation.”

Poppenga has been endorsed by Senator Lois Wolk, County Supervisor Jim Provenza, current Mayor Robb Davis, current City Council member Will Arnold, current school board member Madhavi Sunder, former Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, former Mayors Joe Krovoza and Dan Wolk, former CA Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, former City Council member and DJUSD teacher Deb Poulos, and former school board members Joan Sallee, B.J. Kline, and Gina Daleidin.

For more information about Poppenga’s campaign, visit Bob4Schools.org and his Facebook page or email him at rhpoppenga@gmail.com.

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  1. Marina Kalugin

    sorry pal,  if you voted FOR common core and AGAINST the GATE program…and for firing Deanne….not gonna happen..

    Please correct ME if I am wrong….I remember talking with you when you were running last time…and I have followed some not enough of the school board dealings in 2015…….

    1. DavisAnon

      No, he didn’t, Marina, as he has not been on the Board. You should reach out to him and ask his opinions. I was impressed with him in his last run and really wish he had been elected. He researched issues, took a logical approach and sought the best outcome for each student. I’m so disappointed in the actions of the current Board majority. Lovenburg needs to be voted out, and I hope he’s the guy to take her place.

    2. iWitness

      I followed your earlier posts, Marina K, and thought you had a good grasp of the situation.  But you’re completely mistaken about Poppenga, as these people say.  His position is pr0-AIM, at least one of his own students is in the program, and he’s had a good relationship with Deanne for years; but he also has a student not in the program and his interest in the schools is very broad.  He also spoke several times at board meetings supporting Deanne and warning that decimating the program would be the disaster it is turning out to be.  He’s wise, committed to better schools for all students, experienced on many levels of volunteer effort for the district, city and UCD, with a balanced perspective and involvement in other district efforts.  I guess you may have seen the photo caption in the Enterprise in the story about the welcoming party for the new Superintendent,  which erroneously stated that he was a member of the current board!  Too bad he wasn’t.  Let’s hope others with your interest in GATE give him a chance, but he’s equally reliable across the board, does his homework and has a lot of experience on various district committees. Please try to get to one of the coffees for him later in the voting season.  (He also has a student in soccer at the high school, so he lived through the soccer coach board-created fiasco where one board member/soccer mom admitted eventually to a conflict of interest in the unfair dismissal of an employee — and the other declared candidate already running this fall supported her colleague who had to drop off the board — in case anyone has forgotten the episode — and the soccer coach was reinstated.)

      1. wdf1

        iWitness:  so he lived through the soccer coach board-created fiasco where one board member/soccer mom admitted…

        I think you mean volleyball.  Not soccer.

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