I'm a working father of two District students (a girl in second grade at Buri Buri Elementary and a son with special needs entering his freshman year at El Camino High), so 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.
My family and I love South San Francisco, and have rented a home here for the last 18 years because we could not otherwise afford to live in this great city. My wife, Claire, and I understand the struggle it is to support school-aged children in our community and the needs of working parents — because WE have those needs 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.
When not working or serving our schools, I like to go on bike rides with the family (in fact, I believe I am the only elected official in San Mateo County to regularly ride a bicycle to meetings), watch baseball, and read history books and graphic novels. I also like to travel with my family, in the understanding that experiencing the world is the best way to learn to appreciate it.
I joined the South San Francisco Unified School District Board in 2016 hoping to re-energize the Measure J construction bond, increase transparency, and move our District forward. Since I joined the Board, construction at Buri Buri has nearly finished, Parkway Heights has gotten a new field and new entranceway, and Martin School has finally begun a long-promised renovation project. Also, at my urging, the school board has begun live webcasts (and immediate archiving) of its meetings for the grand sum of $20 a year.
If re-elected, I pledge to work with our partners to increase the amount of after-school care in the District, continue ways to ensure our east-side schools have the benefits of new facilities (including seeking funds for renovations of classrooms at Parkway Heights Middle School), and ensure that our schools are prepared – both in terms of physical structures and academic support – for the potential challenges brought on by the development in our District.
Thank you for your consideration.