Almanac

News - August 7, 2013

Portola Valley school board candidates file

by Renee Batti

Three candidates had filed papers to run for the three open seats on the Portola Valley School District board as of early Monday, and one incumbent says he's not running, which will extend the filing period to Aug. 14.

Incumbent Bill Youstra, who has served on the board since May 2008, told the Almanac he's not planning to run for re-election.

Meanwhile, parent and educator Gulliver LaValle has joined two appointed Portola Valley district incumbents in qualifying for the November ballot. He and incumbent Karen Tate filed their candidate papers last week; incumbent Caitha Ambler had filed her papers earlier. The incumbents were appointed last April to replace Scott Parker and Ray Villareal, who had resigned in the previous weeks.

Mr. LaValle teaches history at the Woodside Priory, and runs the private school's inclusion and diversity program, he said in an email. He has two children in the Ormondale School, and a son who is an eighth-grader at the Priory after attending Ormondale and Corte Madera, he said.

Ms. Ambler also works for the Woodside Priory, serving as the dean of middle school.

Woodside School District

Incumbent Marc Tarpenning and parent Claire Wilbur Pollioni were the only two official candidates for three open seats on the Woodside Elementary School board as of the Almanac's press time on Monday. No one else had taken out candidate papers as of that time.

If the other two incumbents whose terms expire in December — Wendy Crandall and Bettina Pike — run for re-election, the filing period will close at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9. If either doesn't file papers by that time, the filing period will be extended until Aug. 14.

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