An earlier version of this story reported that the meeting would be Tuesday, March 26. It is in fact on Wednesday, March 27.
The Portola Valley School District school board plans to appoint a new board member at a public meeting on Wednesday (March 27) to fill the slot of trustee Michael Maffia, who resigned from the board in early March.
The board will interview applicants to fill the vacant seat, take public comment, and discuss the applicants before voting to appoint a new trustee and administering the oath of office.
There is no provision for narrowing down applicants for a board seat, so the board will consider all six applicants for the seat, according to the district.
The candidates are:
• Virginia Bacon: A 47-year resident of Portola Valley who works as a real estate broker, Bacon serves on Portola Valley's Historic Resources Committee and Town Center Citizens Advisory Committee.
• Anne Faziloi-Khiari: A district parent who comes from a finance background, Faziloi-Khiari served as co-chair of the campaign for Measure Z, a $49.5 million district facilities bond measure that passed in November 2018. She has also been involved in the Portola Valley PTO and Portola Valley School Foundation, including as hostess of fundraisers for the foundation, and has volunteered in classrooms and on field trips.
• Terry Lee: Lee is a district parent and the associate head of school for The Nueva School, which has campuses in Hillsborough and San Mateo. Lee is also chairperson of the Portola Valley Trails and Paths Committee and a member of the Portola Valley Open Space Acquisition Advisory Committee.
• Christopher Lyle: Lyle is a district parent and managing partner at Skyline Capital. He serves as a classroom volunteer and T-ball coach in Alpine Little League, and he previously served as a school board member for KIPP Massachusetts, which operates public charter schools.
• Kimberley Morris Rosen: A district parent and attorney at KMR Law, Rosen is co-chair of the Ormondale Book Fair, a kindergarten reading helper, a Girl Scouts troop leader and a member of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Ambassadors Board of Directors.
• Helen Wolter: Wolter is a district parent and legislative advocate for Committee for Green Foothills. She is a classroom volunteer and field trip driver; an American Youth Soccer League coach and regional administrator; and is the former chair of the Mountain View Parks and Recreation Commission.
Read the applicants' full credentials here.
According to a board agenda packet, trustees will ask the applicants questions such as, "What is the single most important responsibility of a board trustee?" and "How can the board help ensure the (Measure Z bond) program is successful?"
In a March 6 email to the board, Maffia announced he was stepping down from his post effective immediately, citing increasing demands from his work that made continuing his role on the board unrealistic. Maffia's term was slated to end in December 2020. The board voted at a March 6 meeting to launch an appointment process to fill the vacancy left by Maffia's departure.
In a district statement in early March, Superintendent Eric Hartwig thanked Maffia for "his dedication to the improvement of the district," especially the development of the district's facilities program. The district is currently interviewing candidates to replace Hartwig, who announced his resignation in November 2018. Hartwig will leave the district at the end of the school year.
The meeting takes place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, at Corte Madera School in room 102, 4575 Alpine Road in Portola Valley. Access the agenda here.