School Board Forum Scheduled for October 16

The candidates’ forum will give voters an opportunity to question the candidates.

Written by KEVIN WU / Published October 7, 2011

In preparation for the School Board election, the Temple City Voice and the Junior States of America club at the high school will hosting a forum for the six school board candidates on October 16th.

The six candidates will be running for three spots on the school board and the election will be held on November 8th, 2011.

Placed three weeks before the election, the forum will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2011 from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. in the 601 building of the high school.

It is the third biennial School Board forum for Temple City Voice and JSA and will include drinks and other refreshments.

The forum is an opportunity for Temple City citizens to get to know the six candidates and to ask them questions. The candidates invited will be able to respond to questions and show citizens why they should be voted on the school board.

The six candidates are Rachel La Sota, Janet Rhee, Robert (Bob) Ridley, Ken Knollenberg, Kien Tiet, and Matthew Wong.

Returning members to the school board up for election include, La Sota, Rhee, and Ridley.

Rachel La Sota is a current school Board Member who has been a Temple City resident for over 25 years.

Janet Rhee, the School Board Vice- President grew up in Temple City and now has to sons attending schools within the Temple City Unified School District.

Incumbent Robert Ridley has been a resident for over 20 years and has two children attending schools within the TCUSD.

New members vying for the three seats include, Wong, Knollenberg and Tiet.

Matthew J. Wong is a graduate of Temple City High School and the University of California, Davis. He is also the Founder of the Temple City Voice.

Kenneth Knollenberg has a degree in civil engineering, and Kien C. Tiet works as an Attorney.

The forum is a way to residents to get to know the people who will be deciding on the issues relative to our schools and children.

It is encouraged for any and all residents and those who are interested to attend.

For more information, please visit the Temple City Voice blog at


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