For years, Rosanne Weathers has been a fixture at Hesperia High School.


She's not a teacher, nor a member of the school's classified staff: Weathers is a band booster and has served as the organization's treasure and president. Now, at the urging of friends, she's now planning on getting involved on a scale that encompasses the entire Hesperia Unified School District. She's the second district resident to announce her candidacy for the school board.


"I have to give back," she said Thursday. "I am indebted to all the people in my community who helped me raise my sons."


The single mother of three sons, the second of whom graduated from Hesperia High School with the Class of 2010, Weathers runs a Web services business, providing Web site design, hosting and graphic design services. She started the company after being laid off by her previous employers.


She knows that becoming a school board member while the state and district are probably facing two more years of economic hardship, and all the hard decisions that will mean for the board, isn't something that many people would ever consider.


"I've been a mother for 23 years and I'm no stranger to challenge," Weathers said. "I've never not done something because it's a challenge."


The Hesperia Teachers Association has begun to openly warn of the possibility of a strike, with union members placing signs that read "Hesperia teachers not on strike ... YET!" in the window of their parked cars at school sites this week. Weathers is sympathetic to their concerns over pay and benefit cuts, to a point.


"On the one hand, I feel that teachers and police officers have the most important jobs" in a community, she said. "I'm a big supporter of students. I'm not a fan of the politics that get in the way of their education."


And even as staff and officials in the HUSD mull what to cut and what to save, Weathers wants to carve out opportunities for students who are not bound for college after graduation.


"There are not enough opportunities at school to help them decide what they're doing after school," she said. "I think there's a lot of confusion about the opportunities available to kids.


"We don't need to push all our kids into college. ... Let's look closely at how we're dividing the funds and say this group of kids is important and they're as important as the kids going to college."


With the probability of more cuts coming in the next two years, Weathers says she'd ask school site staff to look at places that make sense to cut at their individual schools.


"Going in and empowering the staff at a more intimate setting," she said.


The HUSD school board has been a fractious, contentious group for all four years that Weathers has lived in the district. She says she wouldn't fall in line with either of the factions on the board, but would make her own way.


"I'm not somebody who's led by the nose," she said. "It's not the person that's sitting next to me that's the reason I'm there."


Weathers joins Encore High School teacher Martin Hoover as the only two candidates who have thus far announced their intention to seek a seat on the HUSD school board. Three seats -- currently occupied by Hardy Black, Robert Kirk and Lee Rogers -- are up for grabs in November's election.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star