Almanac

Schools - November 13, 2013

Pollioni to join incumbents on Woodside school board

by Renee Batti

When incumbents Wendy Warren Roth and Marc Tarpenning take the oath of office next month to serve another four years on the Woodside Elementary School District board, PTA stalwart Claire Pollioni will be alongside them to be sworn in for her first term on the five-member board.

Ms. Pollioni, the mother of four children currently attending Woodside Elementary School, came in a close third place in the four-person race for three seats on the board.

A member of the school's PTA since 2005, she now is a vice president. In addition to that service, she participated on the district's Facilities Committee as a liaison from the PTA board, she said.

Robert Hooper, who taught school for more than 20 years in the Montebello Unified School District in Southern California, was the fourth candidate.

The latest results from the county Elections Office are: Marc Tarpenning, 430 votes (28 percent); current board president Wendy Warren Roth, 424 votes (27.5 percent); Ms. Pollioni, 411 votes (26.7 percent); and Mr. Hooper, 274 votes (17.8 percent). The Elections Office will update the figures on Nov. 12, according to its website.

Ms. Pollioni said her years of experience as a parent volunteer in the one-school district "have prepared me for the issues and challenges typically faced by the board." She joined the Facilities Committee to be part of the district's discussion of safety improvements and modernization of the campus, she said, and gained valuable insights into the district's facilities needs.

The district, which serves about 450 students in preschool through eighth grade, has been studying campus modernization options, and early next year, the school board is likely to finalize plans to put a bond measure before voters in the spring. The estimated cost of the modernization project is about $16 million, but an effort is underway to raise a significant portion of the money through private donations to minimize the amount of bond revenue that will be needed.

Ms. Pollioni said she would support a bond measure "based on the discussions and information presented at (Facilities Committee) meetings, and the potential for Woodside School to represent the best in 21st-century learning if the facilities come to fruition."

The board member-elect worked in human resources and as a risk manager for the Wilbur-Ellis Co. from 1996 to 2001, and served on its board of directors from 1999 to 2009, she said.

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