Posted by Richard Hine, managing editor of The Almanac, on Dec 20, 2007 at 10:25 am
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With respect to the question of why Karen Jordan decided to seek an appointment to two years on the school board after deciding not to run for election to a four-year term, Almanac staff writer Marjorie Mader provides this information:
Karen Jordan said she chose not to run for a four-year term in November because she strongly believes current board members should have students in the district. Her two children are seventh-graders at Corte Madera and would graduate in June 2009 before the four-year-term would expire.
Ms. Jordan said that as an appointed board member she would work to continue implementing the district's strategic plan, draw on her financial background in dealing with projected cuts in the state budget, and devote time to serving the community.
Richard Hine's note: Below is a link to the Almanac's newspaper story about the school board's decision to call a special election in May to fill the remaining term of Donna Carano, who resigned from the board Oct. 18. That term expires in December 2009.
-- "Portola Valley school trustees deadlock, call special election": Web Link .
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Almanac published this story in it's Jan. 30, 2008, issue:
Karen Jordan, a former board member of the Portola Valley School District, says a story in the Jan. 23 issue of The Almanac incorrectly stated her reasons for applying for a two-year term on the board after deciding she would not seek re-election to a four-year term.
"I never stated and do not believe that 'board members should have children in the district,'" she said in an e-mail.
Ms. Jordan said it's irrelevant whether board members have children in the district and, in fact, board members without children in the district bring "a diversity of perspectives that would contribute positively to the board."
She said she did not run for the four-year term because her children would start attending high school in the fall of 2009, and "I wanted to take the time and energy that I have volunteered (on the board) and apply it to my twins' high school experiences."
The two-year term, which would end in December 2009, after her children started high school, "fit with my desire to turn my energies to support their high school years," she said.