About this site

I was a Governing Board Member of the San Carlos School District, elected November 2007 and again in November 2011. This site was originally used for the purpose of communicating with school district constituents, however now it is used for surfacing ideas and expressing opinions on various subjects in education, politics, business, or otherwise.

Please note that any opinion express here is purely personal and does not necessarily reflect the position or opinion of anyone else or any organization with which I am, or have been, associated.

I will not accept anonymous comments, and all persons who post comments must have a valid e-mail address. Note that I reserve the right to edit, reject, or delete posts based on spelling, grammar, readability, or my judgment of what is appropriate discourse.

 

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LCFF, LCAP, CCSS, and SP — How do they fit together?

This is a very unusual time in California public education in that a number of fundamental components of how we operate are changing simultaneously. Some of these significant changes include:

The adoption of Common Core Standards (CCSS) – a state-led initiative to establish consistent and clear education standards for English-Language Arts and Mathematics that would [...]

Onward and Upward!

Voters overwhelmingly demonstrated their tremendous support for the direction of the San Carlos School District with the election of incumbents Carol Elliott and Kathleen Farley by a significant margin. Nicole Bergeron will join the board in the third open seat, and Nicole has also been a tremendous supporter of the district and its direction. [...]

Vote November 5th

The following is an e-mail I sent out today to my personal mailing list. Please send me an e-mail if you’d like to be added to it.

This November 5th there will be four local elections for most San Carlos residents. Those of you who vote by mail may have already received your ballot. [...]

Chris Mahoney stepping down as SCCLC Director

Chris Mahoney, the Director of the San Carlos Charter Learning Center, recently sent a letter to the school community announcing that he was stepping down from his role as SCCLC’s Director. As many of you know, Chris has had a year filled with serious medical challenges. Despite this, he is on the road [...]

Gaining Perspective

There’s not much to complain about residing in San Carlos; it’s by almost every measure a great place to live, raise a family, attend school, dine at amazing restaurants, have great neighbors, and all of the other lifestyle things we value as a community. Although neighboring residents often make fun of the city’s slogan “The [...]

The Big Buzz

Welcome back to school! Students arrive on campus on Wednesday, but teachers and other staff have been busy working for a while, many throughout the summer. The district has stepped up its emphasis on professional development, and there were more programs, internal conferences, and other PD opportunities for all staff than there have [...]

School Board Election this November

As many of you know, our four-year school board terms begin and end on odd-numbered years, and every two years there are two seats or three seats up for election. As I was re-elected two years ago, my seat isn’t up, but three others are. Beth Hunkapiller, who has served on the San [...]

The Most Strategic of Plans

In my six years on the school board in San Carlos we have done some exciting things, but I think all of it pales in comparison to the vision and ideas outlined in our new Strategic Plan which was adopted by the Board last night. Even though this is all “easier said than done,” [...]

2012-2013 End of Year Wrap-Up

Friends & Supporters,

I’m sending you my traditional end-of-the-school-year wrap-up of all of the happenings in the San Carlos School District. We did tackle all of our big goals for the year as I outlined in my beginning-of-the-year summary, but here is an overview of the year’s big news:

Bond/Facilities — The big milestone in the [...]

Moving Onward on Facilities

Last night we wrapped up our discussion about grade configurations for our Facilities Master Plan. The bottom line is that the board agreed to proceed with the plan to include the 4/5 schools on both the Central and Tierra Linda campuses and to plan for CLC moving to a new location. Not knowing [...]