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Schools - April 10, 2013

Villareal resigns from Portola Valley school board

by Renee Batti

With the resignation last week of longtime Portola Valley School District board member Ray Villareal, the school board will now fill two vacant seats when it meets later this month. The deadline to apply for a seat has been extended until Thursday, April 11.

In an April 5 letter to Superintendent Carol Piraino and board President Jocelyn Swisher, Mr. Villareal cited his work-related travel schedule and "the excellent slate of candidates being considered as interim trustees" as his reason for resigning, effective April 8.

The "excellent slate" of candidates had applied for the seat vacated April 1 by Scott Parker, who announced his resignation in February after accepting a new job in Sonoma.

The deadline to apply for Mr. Parker's position had been set for March 28, and five people turned in applications: Caitha Calvello Ambler, Terry Lee, Richard Murphy, Matt Richter, and Karen Ann Tate.

The board had planned to interview the candidates and appoint a new member on April 10, but had to reschedule the meeting for Wednesday, April 17, because of board members' scheduling conflicts. With Mr. Villareal's resignation, the district decided to extend the filing period and appoint both new members at the April 17 meeting.

Both new members will have to stand for election in November if they want to remain on the board for an additional four-year term. Mr. Parker's and Mr. Villareal's terms on the board were set to expire at the end of this year.

To apply for the position, a resident must complete a form and a submit a letter of interest stating his or her experience in and commitment to educational, youth and community activities.

The application and letter should be submitted by 5 p.m. April 11 to Superintendent Piraino at the district office, 4575 Alpine Road in Portola Valley.

Go to for application materials, which can be found in the "Headlines and News" section of the home page; or call 851-1777, ext. 3001.