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LASD trustees select new board member

Taglio

Covington School leader and longtime Los Altos School District volunteer Steve Taglio is scheduled to be sworn in as interim trustee at the district’s Dec. 5 meeting.

The board of trustees voted unanimously Nov. 14 to appoint Taglio to fill the year remaining for the position vacated by Margot Harrigan.

“I put an awful lot of importance on the fact that Steve has been to the past two and a half years of board meetings,” said President Bill Cooper. “He has heard us walk through the major issues we have dealt with in the last five years.”

Taglio, who regularly attends the board meetings, was encouraged to consider joining the board when Harrigan announced her resignation. He has served as head of Covington’s Technology Committee, as a member of the Site Council and as PTA president for the past two years.

Taglio’s son is a sophomore at Los Altos High and his daughter is in her final year at Covington. Taglio said that during his time volunteering at Covington, which he has done since his son was in kindergarten, the school has dealt with many of the same issues the district faced.

“We have a new principal, we had program cuts and figured out how to evolve at a school level, we had boundaries shift several times – we experienced everything as a smaller community (that) the board addressed,” he said.

Vice president of marketing for DYNED Corp., Taglio said he has an extensive business background in local high-tech companies. He said his professional background is well suited to handle the budget constraints the school district has encountered the past several years.

“Throughout my professional career, I have held positions that included significant strategic planning components with responsibility to define long-term direction/goals for an organization,” Taglio wrote in his application for the open board seat.

Taglio’s application outlined four priorities he would promote:

• Improving predictability and long-term budgeting. Specifically, the district needs to avoid “March Madness” with its habitual layoff notices followed by later reinstatments that are disruptive and demoralizing to the staff and school community.

• Locating a permanent site for Bullis Charter School that aligns to the needs of the broader community.

• Meeting the specific educational needs of subsegments of the school population to attain the performance objectives defined by state guidelines.

• Improving communications with the community to foster ongoing dialogue and engagement.

Taglio said he looks forward to connecting with the public about the school district – including the 70 percent of residents who don’t have children attending district schools.

“I’m hopeful we can look at taking the conversation beyond the school,” he said. “It is a public school system – it only works if the public understands what is happening.”

Taglio will serve in the interim seat from Dec. 5 to December 2012. The next regular election for a four-year term is scheduled November 2012.

“I am personally vested in the success of our schools and would like the opportunity to ensure that we continue to provide the best possible educational experience for the children of Los Altos,” he wrote in his application.

Unless a petition calling for a special election pursuant to California Education Code is filed with the office of the County Superintendent of Schools within 30 days of the provisional appointment (Nov. 14), the appointment will become effective.

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