Matthew Giblin will soon be the newest member of the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District board of trustees.
Giblin, a 1994 Galt High School graduate, secured a seat on the five-member board when he and incumbent John Gordon were the only two to file for two open four-year seats. Trustee Susan Richardson chose not to seek re-election.
He will be seated on the school board next month.
Giblin, who lives in Galt and works at the state Department of Corrections, is the commissioner of the DYSA Northern California junior football league. He also volunteers for the Liberty Ranch High School football booster club.
Giblin recently answered a series of questions from the News-Sentinel.
What experiences have prepared you for serving on the school board?
My running the junior football programs and being the head of the board for that has given me experience working on a board and how they’re run.
As far as elementary stuff, I don’t know a lot about it, but I will soon.
What do you feel is the biggest issue facing Galt elementary this school year?
I know we’re looking at new ways of having school. ... I’ve been to meetings where they’re talking about the future of learning, and I know Galt wants to be at the forefront of moving forward instead of stuck in the past. I know that to do that, they’re going to have to move money around.
Since no one else filed, you didn’t have to do any campaigning to get elected. How do you feel about this?
I kind of lucked out there, but I think it’s unfortunate. There’s not a lot of people who want to get out there and help out. To me, it seems like parents treat it like a daycare.
What is the No. 1 thing you would like constituents to know about you?
That I care. I want to see our kids do good, and not just my kids. I want to make sure schools have good teachers and a proper education. I want my kids to be prepared for college.
I understand you are a parent. How old are your children?
I have a 14-year-old son and a 9-year-old girl who is still in the elementary district.
How do you feel this might aid your job as a trustee?
My wife and I are real active with our children. We try to be active with their school, their sports, anything they want to be part of.
What will you do to come up to speed on district issues?
From going to meetings, but I’ve also been reading up on Title 1 and other aspects. I’ve also talked with previous board members and current ones and gotten information to study up on before I get on the board.
Where do you stand on teacher evaluations? For example, should test scores be used for performance reviews?
I think test scores should be part of it, but not a major part of it. We have to keep everything even ... students needing different attention are spread among the classes.
There’s a lot more to teaching than test scores, such as being able to get across concepts for students to understand.
What is the last book you read?
“The Rich Dad, Poor Dad” series.
Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at firstname.lastname@example.org.