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November 7, 2017 — Local Elections

San Carlos School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Carol Elliott

2,779 votes (30.5%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Transparency & Accountability
  • Facilities



Profession:Non-profit Management
Family Support Service Manager, Gatepath (2016–current)
Trustee, San Carlos School District — Elected position (2012–current)


UCLA BA, Political Science (current)

Community Activities

Trustee, San Carlos School District (2012–current)


I grew up in California public schools both pre- and post-Proposition 13, from kindergarten all the way through UCLA. I experienced the richness of our education system before it was dismantled by Proposition 13, and I have a vision for the kind of high-quality education I would like to see California's schools deliver to all students, despite living in a post-Prop 13 world. Although my own children have been out of SCSD for a few years, my passion for public education and the quality of our district keep me motivated to stay engaged at the leadership level.

As a school board trustee for the past 5 years, and as a volunteer in our San Carlos public schools for over 10 years before that, I bring to the board 15+ years of institutional knowledge about our district and a broad background in the issues facing San Carlos schools. I have served on PTA boards, site councils, the SCEF board, and multiple parcel tax & bond campaigns, as well with community organizations such as Girl Scouts and San Carlos Children's Theater.

The current issues facing our district – budget, facilities, and continued implementation of the strategic plan, among others – are multi-faceted and complexly related. In the next few years, the board will be faced with difficult decisions in regards to these issues and many more. Having board members that understand the depth and breadth of the kinds of long-range impacts these decisions will have on our students and community is vital.  A guiding document for these decisions will be SCSD’s Strategic Plan, which was developed through a collaborative effort by teachers, parents, community, school board and other stakeholders in 2012. While it is 5 years old, it remains a living document and is the foundation for the direction of our district, and I am tremendously proud of being part of the team that worked together to create it.

My experience at the leadership level of the board is complemented by the years I spent at the site level.  Working and developing relationships with parents and staff at not only my children’s schools but at all schools expanded my horizons and gave me a unique "big picture" view of how our school ecosystem functions in San Carlos. It has also given me a broad perspective on the concerns, values, and priorities of the community when it comes to our public education system. And as a parent of a Sequoia High School student and of a college student, I have personal experience on the importance of articulation of our curriculum to that of our high school district so that when our 8th graders leave our district they are the best prepared to meet the demands of high school and beyond.

Because I started out as a parent in this district and am now a community member, I have a personal lens into the value of parents and community as partners in public education.  I strive to make the work of the board transparent and accessible to parents and our broader community, making myself available to meet with anyone who has questions, concerns, or just wants to know what is going on in the district.

My professional background is in non-profit administration, so I bring to the board an ability to look through a programmatic lens at the work we do. I always keep my eye on establishing measurable goals at the outcome of any undertaking, and make it a priority that our cycle of evaluation, feedback and improvement is one that best meets the needs of our students and staff. Attention to fiscal management, policy, communication and personnel issues are also skills which I honed in my non-profit career.

I have a proven track record that spans more than 15 year of working successfully with parents, community members, teachers, administrators and district staff to strengthen public education in San Carlos.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Beth Hunkapiller, Former SCSD Trustee
  • Jeanne Dehner
  • Adam Rak, Former SCSD Trustee

Elected Officials (4)

  • Carrie DuBois, Former SCSD Trustee
  • Cameron Johnson
  • Mark Olbert
  • Ron Collins

Individuals (5)

  • Seth Rosenblatt, Former SCSD Trustee
  • Matt Kowitt
  • Kate Wormington
  • Marianne Jett
  • Sue Raymond

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My priorities, both in my current term as board member, and if I am elected for a third term, are:

  • STRATEGIC PLAN IMPLEMENTATION: The District now has 5 years of implementation of our Strategic Plan under our belts.  It is important to continue the steady, measured progress towards the ambitious goals set forth in the plan, and to keep our eye on measurable outcomes as markers of our success.
  • FACILITIES: Completing the facilities at CLC, Mariposa and Tierra Linda on time and on budget are the top priority for 2017-18.  We must also remain diligent in accessing the outside funds needed to complete the full Facilities Master Plan, including state bond funding streams.
  • FISCAL MANAGEMENT: The District must continue to be very conservative about our financial projections and budgeting, particularly with the growing impact of the state’s STRS and PERS retirement funding mandate on the District budget. Support from outside revenue sources, including SCEF, our parcel tax, and our revenue stream through our SMARTE and preschool programs will continue to be a crucial element of our fiscal stability.
  • TRANSPARENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY: Ensuring the trust of the public through transparent operations is key to achieving our goals as laid out in our Strategic Plan, and as such we must be vigilant about our accountability to the public on fiscal and programmatic operations.
  • COMMUNICATION: Keeping parents and community informed about the work of the district, as well as about issues currently before the board is crucial to engaged constituencies.
  • BOARD MEMBER AS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PUBLIC: I take seriously the responsibility I have as a board member to be a liaison between the public and the work of the board. I have made it a priority throughout my terms on the board to be responsive to the public on issues before the board and to take the time to meet with constituents to understand their positions and discuss with them various issues before the board in a constructive, productive manner.

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