A Q-&A session on the election for two seats on the Sequoia Union High School District's five-member governing board is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the Alpine Hills Tennis & Swim Club at 4139 Alpine Road in Portola Valley. The public is invited.
Only two of the six candidates -- Atherton resident Bob Ferrando and Menlo Park resident Chris Thomsen -- were invited because, according to forum organizer Andrew Thompson, the two have "clearly expressed" support for charter high schools as well as public education in general and the need to improve graduation rates.
Both Mr. Ferrando and Mr. Thomsen have children at Summit Preparatory Charter High School in Redwood City. Mr. Thomsen also has a son at Menlo-Atherton High School. Mr. Thompson raised funds for Summit Prep for several years.
The guest list is likely to include a speaker representing Summit Prep or its recently opened sister school, Everest Public High School.
The meeting, Mr. Thompson said, is meant to inform voters on the issues and specifically about charter schools.