Candidate drops out of Menlo Park school board race

Scott Hinshaw says he's not running for Menlo Park City School District board

Scott Hinshaw has announced he is withdrawing from the contest for a seat on the Menlo Park City School District's governing board for personal reasons.

Mr. Hinshaw, who previously served for nine months on the board as an appointee, was one of five candidates for two open seats on the board.

"I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for the Menlo Park City School Board for personal reasons," he said in a statement on Friday, Sept. 23.

"I think we have a great current board and know we will have a great new board," he said. "I and many community members are extremely appreciative of Jeff Child's, Maria Hilton's, and Maurice Ghysels' service. I would look forward and am 110 percent in favor of Erik Burmeister as our next superintendent."

Because ballots have already been printed, Mr. Hinshaw's name will be on the ballot, he said. However, he added, if he is elected even without campaigning he will not be able to serve.

"I really have a hard time saying no," he said, "but, no, I really can't right now and I think we have some other great candidates. There are many ways to support the schools and community, and I will always do that."

Mr. Hinshaw said he believes the board, with input from the community, will determine the best way to address the district's revenue shortfall and ensure that "our district can fully support the great teachers, administrators and programs our community's children benefit so greatly from."

"As a father of an eighth-, seventh- and third-grader, I will still be around a long time and look forward to serving the district and our community in any way I can," he said.

Remaining candidates are: Caroline Lucas, a teacher in the Las Lomitas School District; David Ackerman, the retired principal of Oak Knoll School; Alka Gupta, co-president of the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation; and Scott Saywell, a district parent and volunteer.

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