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Four vie for school board seat

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to interview candidates and select a new trustee at a public meeting Monday night.

The vacancy results from the resignation of Trustee Margot Harrigan, who announced last month her intent to step down a year before her term expires. Harrigan served on the board for 12 years.

The new trustee will serve in the interim seat until the next regularly scheduled election in November 2012. The term of the appointment is Dec. 5 to December 2012.

Four candidates filed paperwork with the district by the Nov. 4 deadline – Mark Boennighausen, Robert Dinneen, Vladimir Ivanovic and Steven Taglio.

Boennighausen, who has children at Covington and Egan Junior High schools, formerly served on the board of directors for the Los Altos Educational Foundation, which raises funds for enrichment and to retain small class sizes in the district. He also served as treasurer of the foundation for two years and as a member of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Finance (CACF).

Boennighausen said in his application that as a result of his experiences with the foundation and CACF, he is “very familiar with the cost of instructional programs and the challenges facing the district regarding finances.”

Dinneen, a longtime Los Altos resident, is an active volunteer at Oak School. He has served on numerous committees, chaired several fundraisers, participated on the Oak Site Council and in the Measure E campaign and acted as an ambassador for the Los Altos Educational Foundation.

“These experiences have brought me into increasing contact with the school board and exposure to the myriad of issues affecting our schools and community,” Dinneen wrote in his application. “My interest in serving on the board of trustees is to offer my experience and leadership during a time of extreme challenge and change.”

Ivanovic has children at Gardner Bullis School. He is co-chairman of the school’s Technology Committee and a member of CACF, for which he serves on the enrollment subcommittee. He was recently appointed to the District Technology Advisory Group’s subcommittee on curriculum.

Ivanovic said he wants to serve on the school board because “this is the time in my life to give back.”

He said he hopes to ensure the best possible education for his son and daughter.

“Maintaining and increasing the quality of Los Altos schools is important to me, as it is to other parents,” he said in his application.

Taglio has been the Covington PTA president for the past two years. He has served as head of the school’s Technology Committee and as a member of the Site Council.

Taglio’s son attends Los Altos High and his daughter is in her final year at Covington.

“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.

For more information, visit www.lasdschools.org.

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