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April 24, 2018 — Special Election

Distrito Escolar de Rancho Santa FeCandidato para Miembre de Junta

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Thomas W. Barton

520 votos (49%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Transparency and Inclusivity: I will work to enhance the board's processes and promote two-way communication with the entire community for input on academic excellence and student achievement.
  • Developing a Comprehensive Strategic Plan: I will work with the superintendent to promote a fully integrated approach in which parents/teachers/admin. committees contribute in the assessment of our programs and in vetting the best solutions.
  • Fiscal Responsibility: I will seek to make prudent and effective use of the district's existing resources. The community should not be made responsible for another school bond.



Associate Professor, University of San Diego (2007–current)
CEO, Barton Acquisitions, LLC (2016–current)
Executive Board Member and Vice President, Kinnickinnic Realty Co. (1998–current)


Yale University PhD, European History (2006)
Princeton University AB, History (1998)

Actividades comunitarias

Scholars Circle Donor, Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation (2013–current)


Being from a family of educators, I have long recognized the importance of exciting the minds of young people to aspire to achieve great things and make significant contributions throughout their lives. My parents were professors at Stanford and Santa Clara University and raised me and my siblings with the goals of making the most of every opportunity and working hard to make the world a better, more enlightened place. I benefited from an excellent public education within the award-winning school system in Palo Alto, and then went on to pursue my undergraduate degree at Princeton University and doctorate at Yale University in European and World History. After conducting research in Spain, France, and England and living for two years in New Zealand, I completed my dissertation and took my first academic job as a visiting Assistant Professor at Oberlin College in Ohio, a leader in liberal arts education, before relocating permanently to San Diego in order to teach as an Assistant Professor at the University of San Diego. Throughout these years, I also served on the executive board of a private company based in Denver, Colorado that was engaged in the purchasing and redevelopment of multi-family and office properties. These two career paths have exposed me to a broad range of challenges that have encouraged me to develop more effective leadership skills.

In the ten years I have worked at USD, in addition to my diverse experience in the classroom, I have been intimately involved with a wide range of administrative responsibilities that have directly prepared me to serve on this school board. I was a leader in the multi-year, university-wide redesign of USD’s core curriculum. Throughout this process we, as the governing body in charge of developing the new curriculum, had to heed the input from many different stakeholders and negotiate compromises so that the new paradigm would be agreeable to the majority. I have also been involved in committees responsible for developing programs to boost student retention and for assessing the efficacy of various academic programs. At USD, year in and year out, I have been responsible for the same sort of program reviews and strategic planning that is now so vitally needed within the Rancho Santa Fe school district in order to enhance our use of resources.

After our three daughters completed Montessori preschool, my wife, Whitney, and I decided to purchase a home in Rancho Santa Fe both because we wanted our children to grow up in a rural environment with a rich sense of community and because we were attracted to the award-winning school here in the Covenant. After serving as a parent volunteer and Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation donor for many years, I have decided to step up and offer my experience and skills to facilitate the school board’s important work in enhancing the learning environment for the children living throughout Rancho Santa Fe and Elfin Forest.


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