Rudy Driscoll, who was elected to the board of the Woodside Elementary School District in 2011, announced Tuesday (April 21) that he will resign from the school board at the end of the school year on June 13, six months before his term ends.
Mr. Driscoll, who has three children in the district and one in college, said he had promised when he ran for the school board that he would not serve more than one term.
"My time with my family is of paramount importance to me," he said. "There is so much going on in our lives. I want to be focused on them."
The effect of Mr. Driscoll's resignation before his term ends in December is that the board will appoint his replacement, and that person will have the advantage of running as an incumbent.
Mr. Driscoll said he is resigning early to allow his successor to be in place at the beginning of the school year rather than midway through. His replacement will have to run for re-election in November.
"I remember starting the school year in December and feeling that I was so out of touch with all that had happened, since the school year started in August," he said. "The administration and board do a great job of bringing you up to speed quickly, but given all that is going on I wanted to make sure the transition would be as smooth as possible."
Mr Driscoll said he does not feel an appointed candidate will have an unfair advantage in an election. Candidates who show interest are likely to be the same ones who would file for election, he said.
"It is a good opportunity for candidates to test the water and get their name and message out there early regardless of whom the board selects," he said. "I look at it as more of a head start for a candidate and as an advantage to the district."
Mr. Driscoll, an investor and business consultant and former Menlo Park police officer, said the experience of serving as a trustee "has been truly rewarding and I am grateful to the community for giving me the opportunity."
He said the other trustees "have truly inspired and awed me with their combined expertise, passion, and commitment."
Any registered voter who lives in the Woodside school district and is at least 18 years old can apply for the open position. Applications are available online and in the school office at 3195 Woodside Road.
Applications should be mailed or brought to the school by 5 p.m. Monday, May 4, and must be submitted as a hard copy, not electronically. For more information, call (650) 851-1571.
The school board will interview candidates at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, in the Wildcat Room. The interviews will be open to the public. The board plans to appoint a board member at its regular meeting later that day.