Editor’s note: This is the third in a three part series introducing Galt Joint Union High School District Board candidates. One high school board candidate will be profiled each week through Sept. 30. Profiles will run in ballot order. Candidates’ replies to issue questions will be covered in the Oct. 7 edition
Daniel Denier’s family has a 100-year legacy in the Galt area. He is no exception. He grew up on Twin Cities Road on the family farm, graduated from Galt schools and continues to give back to the community by serving. He currently is the president of the Galt Joint Union High School District (GJUHSD) Trustees. His school days are cherished memories for Denier.
“My teachers did more than just teach us, they cared about us,” Denier said. “Even today, when I run into a former teacher, it is more like running into a lifelong friend. There is truly something special about growing up in Galt.”
Denier is thankful to be raised by “loving caring parents” who put family first. His father Harry Denier, like many “old timers”, farmed with his father for most of his life. Denier’s mother Norma was active in Galt schools while her two daughters were growing up.
“She (Denier’s mother) passed away in 2014, before she could see me get elected to the board in 2016,” Denier said. “But I know she would be proud of me. I know that my dad is. We talk often and I still rely heavily on his advice.”
Denier is a 1993 Galt High grad and attended Feather River Community College in Quincy before going into law enforcement. He’s spent 24 years as a sheriff’s correctional officer and now holds the position of training officer.
His community involvement includes coaching Pop Warner and high school football, is a member of the Historical Preservation Committee and the Galt Area Historical Society. He continues to support the local FFA and 4-H.
“This year, I gathered donations from several GHS alumni, some of whom live on the east coast to make sure that our students’ virtual sale was a success for all,” Denier said. “As a result of their generosity, we were able to support 18 different students.”
He considers honesty, respect and kindness his highest values.
“I think we can all use a lot more of each of those these days,” Denier said.
Jennifer Posey has been Denier’s longtime life partner. Both her son Simon and Denier’s son Joseph live with the couple while attending Delta College through distance learning.
“Raising my son to be a kind, caring young man will always be my most important accomplishment,” Denier said. “If you want to talk about the accomplishments since serving on the board during the last four years, I am proud to say there have been quite a few.”
Denier said all the district’s accomplishments have been a team effort from teachers and administrators to food service workers and bus drivers.
During his time on the board, the district has two new athletic stadiums, Galt High has a new science building, campuses have had many upgrades and Liberty Ranch’s Ag building has been restored. Recently, the district was named AP Small District of the Year for North America and the FFA Parliamentary Team won a state championship.
“Our success across all programs continues to be recognized, not only within California, but across the nation,” Denier said. “Again, I can’t and don’t take credit for this, but I am quite proud to be part of a board whose support makes all of this possible.”
Serving as a trustee is Denier’s contribution to the community.
“This district had given so much to my family for so many years, that I wanted to give something back,” Denier said. “I strongly believe that the decisions that get made locally on the school boards, city councils, fire boards and others have a bigger impact on the everyday lives of our fellow citizens.”