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.
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 Authority, San 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.)