A message from John: I am honored to have served the South San Francisco Unified School District as an appointed caretaker school board trustee since February 2016.

Knowing I only had eight guaranteed months on the board, I kept my goals modest: promote Board stability, re-energize the Measure J school bond, and promote transparency. I think I met those goals: the Board has worked very well as a team, I help move resolutions restarting construction and served as liaison to the Buri Buri community as it resumed, and I pushed a proposal to live-audio stream Board meetings over the Internet -- which has begun and costs only $20 per year. Yes, just one Jackson (soon to be one Tubman).

Now I am seeking to continue on the Board and I will be blunt -- your vote would mean a lot to me.

With more time on the board, I wish to work on those issues that I have not yet had time to fully address. These include improving the experiences of children with special needs, such as my own son. I also wish to continue to improve academic standards, with the ultimate goal being that our local tech and biotech companies first look locally in hiring. I want to find ways to improve infrastructure at our east side schools, which -- in a case of stunning inequity -- seem to have not reaped the benefits of Measure J.

The community’s past support has been truly appreciated. Its support this fall would also be very welcome.

Yours truly, 

John Baker

About John: As a working father of two District students (a girl in kindergarten at Buri Buri Elementary and a son with special needs at Alta Loma Middle School), I obviously have a vested interest in our schools. But I am running for School Board not just to ensure that their educational needs are met — I want to ensure our schools meet the needs of the community as well.

As a product of public schools, from kindergarten through graduate school, I would not be where I am today without the support of public school teachers, staff, administrators, and volunteer parents. Because of my history, I am a strong believer in the value of a free and appropriate public education for all students.

My family and I love South San Francisco, and have rented a home here for the last 16 years because we could not otherwise afford to live in this town. Therefore, my wife, Claire, and I understand the struggle it is to support school-aged children in our community and the needs that working parents have in this District — because WE have those needs as well.

My current involvement in our community also includes service on the SamTrans Citizen's Advisory Committee. Prior to my appointment to the school board, I served stints on the South San Francisco Housing AuthoritySan Mateo County Transportation Authority’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee and the South San Francisco Library Board. Additionally, I directly served our area’s youth in 2012 as a coach for the South San Francisco Youth Baseball program. (See my qualifications here.) 


Contact me at john@JohnBakerSSF.org