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Schools - March 6, 2013

Portola Valley school board to appoint new member

by Renee Batti

Residents of the Portola Valley School District who are registered voters have until March 28 to apply for a short-term appointment to the district's board of trustees.

The school board recently voted to appoint someone to fill the seat now held by Scott Parker, who is resigning effective April 1. Mr. Parker is moving from Portola Valley for a job in Sonoma; his term expires in November.

The school board will interview candidates at a public meeting beginning at 6 p.m. April 10, after which it will appoint its new member, who will have to stand for election in November if he or she wants to remain on the board beyond that time.

"The board is committed to a transparent and public process for making the provisional appointment," district Superintendent Carol Piraino said in a press release. "All candidate names will be announced, and the board will accept public input either in writing or at the special board meeting on April 10 ... when the candidates will be interviewed. Once the candidates have been interviewed the board will deliberate, also in public, and select a provisional appointee by a majority vote."

The board decided to appoint a new member rather than authorize a special election in June, which would have cost the district about $35,000, according to the press release.

To apply for the position, a resident must complete a form and a submit a letter of interest stating his or her "experience in and commitment to educational, youth and community activities," the press release said.

The application and letter are due by 5 p.m. March 28, and should be submitted to Superintendent Piraino at the district office, 4575 Alpine Road in Portola Valley.

Go to pvsd.net for application materials, which can be found in the "Headlines and News" section; or call 851-1777, ext. 3001.

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