The public school system plays an important role in families choosing to live in Palo Alto. The state’s Academic Performance Index ranks Palo Alto sixth in the state.
Palo Alto voters will elect three of the five members of the Palo Alto Unified School District Board in this election. Two members are running for re-election, Camille Townsend and Melissa Baten Caswell. Hoping to join the board are Ken Dauber and Heidi Emberling.
Board President Townsend is running on her record, “Managing a high performing district with fluctuating revenue and an operating budget of $163 million takes experience, time, and effective relationships with school partners like the PIE Foundation and PTA. As board member and President, I have worked closely in committees with state, county, and local elected officials.”
Baten Caswell also emphasizes continuity, “Our District’s ambitious renovation and expansion program is currently on time and on budget. I promise to use both my executive skills and my wide ranging Palo Alto leadership experience to continue to keep this work fully on track.”
Dauber offers his vision for PAUSD, “I will work to preserve neighborhood schools and effectively manage our resources (including Cubberley) during a time of change in both enrollment and financial resources. This will require a stronger planning capability within PAUSD, and more effective relationships with partners like the City of Palo Alto.”
While Emberling offers this view, “Open new schools to accommodate enrollment growth and take advantage of educational innovations consistent with Palo Alto’s values and vision. Collaborate with the city and community on developing a shared-use plan of the Cubberley site.”
Palo Alto Patch will have complete election results Tuesday night beginning at 8:05 p.m., just after the polls close.
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