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Baten Caswell elected school board president

Camille Townsend will serve as vice-president for the coming year

Former PTA Council President Melissa Baten Caswell was chosen by her colleagues Tuesday night to be president of the Palo Alto Board of Education for the coming year.

Caswell immediately took the gavel from outgoing Board President Barbara Klausner, who has served since November 2009.

The board chose Camille Townsend as its vice-president.

First elected to the school board in 2007, Caswell is a former corporate marketing vice-president who has been active in the PTA.

She was a founding board member of the nonprofit Youth Community Service and has been a member of several mayoral task forces. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Townsend, a lawyer, was first elected to the school board in 2003 and was re-elected in 2007. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and holds graduate degrees in law and public policy.

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Posted by Barren Park Mom
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 8, 2010 at 9:48 am

This is wonderful news. I have faith that Melissa Baten Caswell will bring about positive changes.


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Posted by Barren Park Mom
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 8, 2010 at 9:48 am

This is wonderful news. I have faith that Melissa Baten Caswell will bring about positive changes.


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Posted by Barren Park Mom
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 8, 2010 at 9:49 am

This is wonderful news. I have faith that Melissa Baten Caswell will bring about positive changes.


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Posted by Ada
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 8, 2010 at 10:34 am

Congratulations, Melissa! I hear a lot of good things about you.


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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 8, 2010 at 10:36 am

Great choice! Congratulations!


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm

This is hardly news. They all take it in turns and it means nothing.

On the other hand, we still have no reports on what happened during the MI discussion last night.


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Posted by EcoMama
a resident of Community Center
on Dec 8, 2010 at 7:25 pm

I feel like Melissa is our best-listening (to all constituents), fairest school board member -- so I'm really excited to see her lead the Board. Hooray!


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Posted by Member
a resident of another community
on Dec 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm

I've worked with Melissa, and she is a great choice. Her passion around education, her creativity, and ability to collaborate will serve PA schools well ...


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Posted by What a nut
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 9, 2010 at 12:53 am

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Duveneck School
on Dec 9, 2010 at 12:59 am

Melissa is intelligent, fair, and hardworking (not too lazy to really dig into the issues).


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Posted by Barron Park Parent
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 9, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Can't say I'm surprised. Here is wishing you all the best. Keep giving the job all that you can, because PAUSD needs your help. Thanks for taking the time to do this "part time" job full time.


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