Editor’s note: This is the second 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
Patrick Maple believes in education being vital for a successful life and paid his dues in that pursuit so that all Galt’s young people can have a good start in life. He started service at the district level back in the 1980s in the Arcohe School District and went on to serve a total of 12 years on the Galt Joint Union High School District (GJUHSD) Board of Trustees.
“I am running for the board because I believe I can help move the line of education in a different direction and can add a sense of student community forward,” Maple said. “I believe the high school students are being cheated out of their history.”
Maple was born and raised in Woodbridge but has lived in the Galt area for over 40 years. He’s been married to his wife Christine for just shy of 50 years. Together they raised three children, Maggie, Bo and Hudson, to be successful in life and in business.
“(My) greatest accomplishment … helping to raise my children to be the thoughtful, caring, kind, helpful, community members they are,” Maple said.
As a Lodi swimmer who was inducted into the Lodi Sports Hall of Fame, Maple earned a scholarship to the University of Arkansas. Ironically, Maple had been saved from drowning in the Mokelumne River at the tender age of five.
“I was saved by a man named Al Clark,” Maple said. “We are still friends today. I believe God left me here to do a job.”
Maple also served in the United States Army with his two brothers, Bobby and Kelly. He went on to earn a bachelor of arts in communications and went into the master’s program at Sac State.
He began to coach swimming at the age of 17 and served 16 years as a baseball coach for children. During his time on the Board of Trustees for Galt, Maple said he was instrumental in the building of Estrellita and Liberty Ranch high schools. Graduation rates, according to Maple, climbed from 80% to 90% during those years, and state testing rose 200%.
During his tenure from 2014 through 2018 on the board, the Galt High School Sports Hall of Fame was established, vocational education was added to the list of classes and Adult Education was brought back. He helped pass Measure E, a $36 million bond that helped build both Galt High and Liberty Ranch stadiums and the new Galt High science building.
His values include a priority for family, children, spending community money wisely, being held accountable, telling the truth and watching children become successful.
“I will spend your tax money better than I do my own,” Maple said. “I have always been there for you – not me.”