Offen's contributions to the school go back more than three decades. He co-founded and later chaired the Woodside School Foundation in 1981.
He was also on the district's school board for 12 years from 1985-1997, serving as president for three years, a period during which the school went from decreasing student enrollment to increasing enrollment and winning state awards.
Offen served on a myriad of school committees — including a superintendent search committee, parcel tax and bond campaign committees — and is currently part of the district's bond oversight committee.
He's also been a science fair judge and coach, a financial supporter and has donated materials to the school's art program.
Offen and his wife, Karen, also have two daughters who graduated from Woodside Elementary.
Despite the decades since his daughters graduated from the school, Offen is still involved in many of its activities, Polito said, including the annual fundraising auctions and the joint town/board meetings. "He meets with me periodically to share his thoughts on how best to include our community in our work," she said. "He is thoughtful, practical and honest. I love working with him."
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