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School Board Candidates in Several Places at One Time

Original post made by info-hound on Sep 14, 2007

The district-wide PTA is hosting a series of coffees and forums at many of the schools featuring *all* six of the school board candidates at once. The coffees are informal meet and greets. The forums are two hour events that will strive to follow League of Women Voters guidelines for taking questions from the audience.

I congratulate the PTA for offering these opportunities for members of the public to see all of the candidates in one place at one time.

The weblink should take you to a schedule.

Web Link

Comments (10)

Posted by OhlonePar, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 14, 2007 at 3:50 pm

Thanks Info-hound,

It will be interested to compare notes from the meetings here.

Posted by Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 15, 2007 at 2:19 pm

Thanks for the link. I hope that the schools will be advertising these coffees too.

I take it that you can go to any coffee at any school when it suits you rather than having to go to the one at your own school.

Posted by yet another parent, a resident of Escondido School
on Sep 15, 2007 at 5:56 pm

On a loosely related topic, it'd be interesting to know how many parents are aware of who their Board Member school liaisons are. Do the board members go to their schools' meetings and functions once in a while? How do they keep up-to-date with their schools' issues? Are some members better than others at this (presumably), and how are the assignments decided?

It seems school representation should be a factor in re-electing members or voting for new ones. For example, if I'm torn between two candidates, it would help to know which schools they are to represent. Did the incumbent represent her schools well; is the new candidate a good match for representing his/her assigned schools?

Posted by A Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 15, 2007 at 7:21 pm

Actually, the board members rotate the schools they represent. The list for this school year was handed out at one of the last board meetings May/June time.

When someone is considering a candidate, it may be useful to know which school they have had connections with due to their kids attending that school, but they are not going to be representing a certain school, so that criteria is moot. During their time on the board, they will represent several schools at a time and probable at some time or other represent them all for a school year.

Posted by info-hound, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2007 at 1:13 pm

According to the PTAC's information, all of the coffees and forums are open to all PAUSD parents; all are welcome at any event. That is a paraphrase from their website.

But I believe the intention is that the events are open to ALL members of the Palo Alto community. So if your kids have left the schools already but you intend to vote in this election, or if your kids are in preschool and you intend to vote in this election, I would urge you to use the weblink to locate a forum or coffee that works for your schedule and attend. And if you have a neighbor who falls into one of those categories, please print out the schedule and drop it off to them.

OhlonePar, I like the idea of comparing notes online. Over on the "Candidate Website" thread, someone mentioned how nice it would be to have commitments 'in writing' from the candidates. I think these forums - fourteen of them! -- are a pretty good equivalent.

Again, thanks and congratulations to the PTA Council for making this happen.

Posted by Election season is here, a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 16, 2007 at 1:29 pm

I would love to know Camille's voting record. I just checked online, and there doesn't seem to be a direct link anywhere to any of the Board Member's voting record. Anyone know how to do this? Every other elected state and fed official have open access to their voting records.

Posted by yet another parent, a resident of Escondido School
on Sep 18, 2007 at 12:40 pm

Speaking of coffees, I hear Superintendent Skelly is making the rounds at SOME schools, Addison being one of them. Anyone know of other schools he's visiting? It'd be reassuring to know that he's visiting ALL schools, not just those that invite him.

Posted by came by ours, too, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 18, 2007 at 3:40 pm

He is dropping by to see all the schools. They aren't major meetings for everyone.

Posted by info-hound, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2007 at 5:10 pm

The weblink above also indicates that Dr. Skelly is holding a community-wide conversation soon. Click to find the date and the location. I think there is even a flier to print out if you don't think there are enough at your school.

Also, YAP, don't wait for Dr. Skelly to show up or not show up. Find out if your principal has invited him, and ask him or her to do so if that hasn't happened yet.

Posted by Faith Brigel, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2007 at 2:21 pm

Since the theme of this thread is the School Board Candidates I will submit the press release that PAEE has put out regarding who we are endorsing. I submitted it on the other thread of the candidates, but as it was a long thread, some people may not have seen it:

By: Palo Altans for Equity in Education
Subject: Endorsements in Palo Alto School Board Race
Contact:, or
Faith Brigel Phone: 650-326-2336
Palo Altans for Equity in Education- PAEE, a leader in last year's effort to bring a more equitable program and process to the debate over PAUSD language programs, is endorsing three candidates for the Palo Alto Board of Education: Wynn Hausser, Barbara Klausner and Melissa Baten Caswell.
"We feel that these candidates have the intelligence, communication skill, listening skills and foresight that are necessary to lead our school district at this time." said Faith Brigel, co-founder of PAEE.
"We've spent considerable time talking to the challengers in this race. We feel that Wynn, Barbara and Melissa offer the best strategic vision and have a responsible sense of accountability to our community. They also have the management skills and fiscal concern that we need in Palo Alto, plus broad experience and strong ties to our schools," added Brigel. For more information please see our website:

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