Belmont/Redwood Shores School Board Election - Upcoming Candidate Forums

   This November we will have a choice of seven candidates to fill three open 4-year positions on the BRSSD school board. It is exciting to have an election. As most of you know, in recent years most school board positions have been filled in unopposed elections or by appointments mid-term because of resignations.

   We have seven enthusiastic community members who are willing to volunteer their time and energy in the often thankless task of representing their fellow citizens and leading the local school district:

Ms. Suvarna Bhopale
Mr. Rakesh Hegde
Ms. Amy Koo
Mr. Herb Neuman
Ms. Naomi Nishimoto
Ms. Kelly Redmon
Mr. Chuck Velschow

   In many discussions I have found that often people are unsure about the school board members' responsibilities. In short, their primary duties are:
  • Set the vision and goals for the district
  • Adopt policies that give the district direction to set priorities and achieve its goals
  • Hire and evaluate the superintendent
  • Adopt and oversee the annual budget
  • Manage the collective bargaining process for employees of the district

   More information can be found at these links: Greatschools.org and California School Board Association.

   There are many opportunities for community members to be involved in our excellent schools, this is one more - we get to choose the community leaders who set the vision and goals for our local schools.

   Several community forums have been organized to give all voters the opportunity to ask questions of and hear the BRSSD board candidates present their views. Please take advantage of these opportunities:

Monday, September 23rd, 7 pm - at Nesbit Elementary School; sponsored by the Redwood Shores Community Association and the Belmont/Redwood Shores PTA Council.

Thursday, October 3rd, 7 pm
- at the Belmont Library; sponsored by the Belmont Public Library, the League of Women Voters, and the Friends of the Belmont Library.

Wednesday, October 16th, 6:30 pm - at Nesbit Elementary School; sponsored by the Neighborhood Associations of Belmont.

   Finally, the San Mateo Daily Journal recently ran an article about the election and the candidates, you can read it on page 8 here: SanMateoDailyJournal 09-04-2013

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Belmont September 15, 2013 at 10:10 PM
It is a huge election year in Belmont. Great potential for positive change on the Belmont City Council and the Belmont Redwood Shores School District Board. Pay attention everyone and get out and vote!!! The more informed and involved people the better. Personally, I will vote Lieberman, Reed and Stone for Belmont City Council. They have what it takes to lead Belmont into the future. However, regarding the BRSSD School Board: I am undecided and will wait to hear the debates. Either way get out and VOTE everyone...
Justin September 15, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Belmont: This article is about the school board, NOT city council. Funny you can't comment about school board candidates, so you use this to promote your council picks even though you haven't heard THEIR debates.
Don Long September 16, 2013 at 01:05 AM
Mr. Marshall, thanks for taking the lead in posting this. As the contest heats up, I hope that everyone can agree to disagree on different perspectives and ideas, and to have a civil discourse throughout this election. This is a great learning opportunity to teach the children of the district about healthy public discourse and civic responsibility at its finest: to volunteer countless hours in the duty to your community without financial gain, and often with little appreciation. We should also thank Trustees Brian Mathews and Andrew Stulbarg for their years of service and leadership in the community. Since you referenced the San Mateo Daily Journal, here are three direct links to their coverage of the BRSSD School Board Election: http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2013-09-03/seven-vie-for-three-seats-in-belmont-redwood-shores/1774634.html http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2013-09-04/belmont-redwood-shores-candidates-respond-to-district-issues/1774708.html http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/opinions/2013-09-04/editorial-hegde-koo-velschow-for-belmont-redwood-shores/1774670.html I hope the community will attend these candidate forums to learn more about what these individuals stand for, and more importantly, how they will help BRSSD surmount challenges we face as a community.
Belmont September 16, 2013 at 02:42 AM
Justin, I will vote for Lieberman, Reed and Stone for Belmont City Council. I have followed local city politics for several years, and they will work best with our local public, private schools and NDNU. They support children and education. Mr. Reed and Mr. Stone currently have children in the BRSSD. As far as the school board, I plan on attending all the debates. I have no children in the public schools. Therefore, I do not know any of these candidates. I really am excited to hear the candidates as this is the first contested election in many years. My main point is everyone please vote!! Many times these elections are decided by a very small margin of votes sometimes by less than 10 votes. Every vote counts!!!
Justin September 16, 2013 at 09:06 AM
Belmont--that's fine and dandy, but you miss the point. The article above was about the school board election, not the city council election. The comments here should be about the school board candidates.
Belmont September 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Justin, we need a City Council that supports children, education and recreation. We need a City Council that will work with the educational partners in Belmont. I understand that this article is about the School Board. However, I believe the problems are two fold. First, the Belmont voters need to vote in Lieberman, Reed and Stone. Secondly, we need to elect the best qualified candidates to the school board. Partnering together great things can happen for all the children in the BRSSD. This is exactly what has happened in San Carlos. Once again public school parents please vote this election! Stay informed! Listen to the debates. Let's bring positive change to Belmont.
Justin September 16, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Belmont--You can't seem to understand. This article is not about council whatsover. What part of this don't you get? Let's hope the moderator removes your off topic comments. I hope your candidates know how to keep on topic or we're doomed. I resent the fact your using this forum to tout your candidates. Pathetic.
Belmont September 16, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Justin, if you are happy with the status quo great. This is a change year in Belmont. I look forward to attending all the School Board debates!!! The voter guide will be mailed out on September 26th. It will contain all the information on the local San Mateo County elections. Also, it will be available online at: https://www.shapethefuture.org/default.asp starting September 26th as well. Just click on the yellow button on the front page, which says "Check my registration" and enter in your address number, zip code and birth date. I am very excited to read all the BRSSD School Board candidate statements. They all sound like awesome people... for even stepping up to the plate to run.
Justin September 16, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Wow--you are amazing. You still can't grasp the concept of this article, which is NOT about council. That's ok. My mother always taught me to be patient with people who seem a bit challenged.
George Metropulos September 16, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Hello All. I'm going to actually comment on this topic! All seven school board candidates sought an endorsement from BRSFA (Belmont-Redwood Shores Faculty Association). After objective interviews with the candidates, we have officially endorsed Suvarna Bhopale, Naomi Nishimoto, and Chuck Velschow. Our endorsed candidates are student and educator advocates! Thank you, George Metropulos


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