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Applications for school board seat due Feb. 7

Original post made on Feb 4, 2014

The application deadline for the vacant seat on the Menlo Park City School District board is 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. The school board is scheduled to interview applicants and appoint a new member at a special meeting set for 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 8:32 AM

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Posted by Good Luck
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Feb 4, 2014 at 12:49 pm

I'd be surprised if anyone other than an MPAEF member even attempts to participate in this pretense. Why would anyone go to the trouble after the ambush last time? The board will listen politely and appoint one of their own, as always. The prerequisite for serving on the board of education is to raise money, worship the superintendent, and go along with the program. People who come from different backgrounds and bring diversity need not apply.


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Posted by More of the Same
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 8, 2014 at 8:53 pm

The names of the candidates who are pursuing appointment to the MPCSD Board and the candidate's statements are posted in Agenda Online. The candidates, in order by their chance of being appointed to the Board (IMHO):

1. Scott Hinshaw (MPAEF Co-President)
2. Stacey Jones (Co-Chair, Measure W; District Council)
3. Carol Cunningham (Children not old enough to attend MPCSD)
4. James Eakin (Former Board member in the 90's)
5. Caroline Lucas (Teacher in a neighboring district)


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Posted by sop
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 9, 2014 at 11:57 am

At least they now have to pretend there is a process before they appoint Scott.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 9, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

If you are not willing to put your name in the hat then it is probably time to be silent.


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Posted by Way to go!
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 9, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Right, Peter! Because in a democracy, everyone who disagrees with the status quo should be silent.

A lot of us have seen what happens to outsiders who try to run for school board. It's not pretty. In this case, because it's not a regular election, four of the candidates will emerge relatively unscathed and may even choose to run at a later date in a real election. At which point they can endure public humiliation.

I am speaking from experience that I am pretty sure you don't have, Peter.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 9, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

"Right, Peter! Because in a democracy, everyone who disagrees with the status quo should be silent. "

By no means BUT it is a lack of proper citizenship to sit on the sidelines and anonymously complain while being unwilling to do anything to improve the situation. I get very tired of those who hurl all sorts of charges at others from the shadows but who lack the courage to enter the ring.

"I am speaking from experience that I am pretty sure you don't have, Peter."

Wrong, just look at all the garbage that has been thrown at me when I have run for public office.


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Posted by More of the Same
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 9, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Peter:

Unfortunately, since the arrival of Ghysels in the MPCSD, the fine, caring, ethical people who do speak up are swiftly smacked down upon courageously entering the ring. This treatment has effectively silenced others from standing up and speaking out.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 9, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Menlo Voter is a registered user.

Perhaps I wasn't paying attention, but what people have been "smacked down" and how was that done?


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Posted by Way to go!
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 10, 2014 at 8:43 am

Although Ghysels has negatively affected overall dynamics, the board clique has been around for at least 15 years. @Menlo Voter (Peter Carpenter), I am not going to name names -- they'd be deleted anyway! -- but the inside group is great at starting whispering campaigns against anyone perceived as a troublemaker. Difficult people are said to be suffering from mental illness, or dealing with marital difficulties. They're almost always "bad" parents (anecdotes about their kids' misbehavior are passed around) or labeled as parents of special need students who are trying to game the system. They're accused of trying to undermine the quality of the MPCSD.

That's how the game is played. The board is not like other local elected bodies. Any election can get nasty, but I can't think of any other local elected board that is so tightly controlled by a small clique. This is not to say they do a bad job.


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Posted by member
a resident of another community
on Feb 15, 2014 at 4:12 pm

If the ever-deceitful Dr. Ghysels has his way, he'll find a way to get another "yes" person in place to keep his cushy job, car collection and [Portion removed; see terms of use]. But with a history of trashing everyone and everything in both his professional and personal life, it looks like it may be time to fasten seatbelts even tighter. Good luck MPSD!
-Relieved in Mountainview


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