Kathy Hennig profile provided for nov 2 1999 election
I am a candidate for the school board and would like
your support. I am involved in education both as a volunteer and
in my job with the community college district. I have experience
maximizing the limited funds for schools and am committed to providing
the best education possible to our students. I am especially interested
in improving school facilities and test scores. Working with our
teachers and parents I know we can create schools we can be proud
of. Please join me in making West Contra Costa schools a place for
learning and success. I am concerned and knowledgeable. While most
of the candidates running have an educational background, they do
not have the business and management background I have. My background
emphasizes results. I understand public finance and the challenges
teachers face. We need my experience on the board to deal with our
fiscal crisis. I currently work for an urban district with similar
challenges. I am pragmatic, and don't mind getting my hands dirty
to solve a problem. I deal with federal and state grants on a daily
basis, to assure expenditures fit into grant constraints while providing
good value for tax dollars spent. I have a proven track record of
stretching available dollars to meet school needs.
15 years of business management experience. Demonstrated
skills in organization, communication, purchasing and financial
planning. Experience in contract preparation and budgeting. Known
as an efficient, dedicated administrator. Most recent experience:
Head of Purchasing at City College of San Francisco,
1996 to present. City College is the largest college in the nation.
Accomplishments: Reduced order processing delays
from 3 months to less than 1 week to get supplies and equipment
into the classroom quickly. Introduced on-line ordering to district
to reduce paperwork and order delays. Personally responsible for
saving the District $14,960 on supply and equipment purchases the
last 4 months. During the same time period, I negotiated free merchandise
for teachers (computer cases, carts, cookies, electric staplers).
I helped draft a District local/minority business policy to encourage
business opportunities with small, local businesses.
Senior Planner/Distributor, Buyer (The Nature Company,
Mervyn’s, Beall’s, ASU), 1985 to 1996.
Accomplishments: Named “Employee Who Makes
a Difference” by store managers at the Nature Company, 1993. Developed
and implemented regional merchandising which increased profitability.
Designed a computerized planning and distribution system for a regional
company. Solely responsible for a new uniform program for American
Airlines, a project valued at over $1.3 million. First Woman Executive
at Beall’s Stores. Awarded “MVP-Mervyn’s Volunteer Program” in 1990
and “Mervyn’s Volunteer of the Year” in 1986.
Masters degree in Public Administration (M.P.A.)
from Golden Gate University, with an emphasis in state and local
government. Coursework in public policy, grantwriting, and public
Bachelor’s degree in Music, Marketing and Psychology
from Stephen F. Austin State University. Named to Dean’s List in
all three disciplines.
Teaching credential, Secondary Education, State
of Texas (life) Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) from the National
Association of Purchasing Management
MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS:
Contra Costa Legal Compliance Review Committee, C.C.C.
Office of Education
State-wide Textbook Adoption Committee, Language
Pi Alpha Alpha, National Public Administration Honor
CA Association of Public Purchasing Officers
Who’s Who Among American Women, 2000
National Association of Female Executives
Mu Phi Epsilon, Professional Music Sorority
Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority
Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities,
Community Women’s Orchestra (former member)
West County Wind Ensemble (former member), part of
the Adult Education Program
Former Director, Jon Sims Center for the Performing
Volunteer, SHARE community food co-op
Donor, Richmond Public Library, 1999
As a member of the board, I will strive to improve
inter-personal relationships on the board itself, stressing cooperation
and mutual respect.
I will promote civility at board meetings, I will
do all in my power to support the hiring and retention of the best
teachers available for the District.
I will support policies that support the District
goals: achievement, attendance, safety, and behavior. My focus will
be on improving test scores and graduation rates.
I was speaking to a librarian in El Sobrante a couple
weeks ago. She was bemoaning the limited hours the library was open,
and the lack of books with children of color, for her mostly minority
clientele. I went and bought a dozen or so titles for her, along
with a handful of computer supplies. I am organizing another donation...it
will be my 4th this year. I don't pontificate much-I just do. I
would like to help.
“Our kids deserve better”.
Diana Easton, WCCUSD Board of Education - President
Stephen J. Herman, Human Rights Commissioner, San
Campaign Fund for K. Hennig 13350 San Pablo Ave.,
A-1, PMB#117, San Pablo, CA 94806
Run dates: 1999-09-07 - 1999-11-07