San Carlos hopefuls have a lot in common

Locals are guaranteed one new trustee on the San Carlos School District board this fall, with Eric Von der Porten stepping down and incumbent Tom Quiggle running against two challengers.

Those challengers are Seth Rosenblatt, who serves on the San Carlos Education Foundation board and has two sons at Arundel School; and Sonya Sigler, who serves on the San Carlos Charter Learning Center board, where her three sons attend school.

The San Carlos School District recently changed leaders when Superintendent Patricia Wool left for a post in the Walnut Creek School District and Steve Mitrovich took the helm in July. Five of the district’s seven schools are charter schools, although only the Charter Learning Center resembles a traditional charter school.

Quiggle, Rosenblatt and Sigler agree that the district is doing well academically, but could do more to reach out to parents and create a more welcoming climate. They also agreed that the district could always do more to improve individual students’ learning process.

“We need to look at differentiated curriculum for students at the high and low ends,” Sigler said, referring to a model that works well at the Charter Learning Center. “It’s the same curriculum, applied in different ways, because it’s important to meet the needs of all students.”

Quiggle agreed that the district should find more effective ways of reaching kids who “are not in the middle of the academic spectrum.There are kids who are falling behind and we need to address that — and we have kids who are not adequately being challenged,” he said.

Rosenblatt said that teaching students should go beyond their years in school. “We need to teach them to be lifelong learners as adults, to be passionate about learning,” he said.

The candidates differed when it came to a recent 3-2 board vote in favor of installing synthetic turf at Heather School, whose athletic fields are leased to the city for youth sports programs.

While Quiggle voted in favor of the move, he felt the citywide debate over the shortage of athletic fields was more a “parks and recreation issue, not a schools issue,” he said.

Rosenblatt supports not only synthetic turf at Heather, but at any other school in the district — and in sharing resources with the city.

Sigler, on the other hand, opposed the turf. “These are our children,” she said. “They should be playing on natural grass.”

Tom Quiggle

» Age: 45

» Occupation: Software architect for community platforms at Yahoo; incumbent

» Endorsements: School board members Eric Von der Porten, Beth Hunkapiller and Carrie DuBois

Seth Rosenblatt

» Age: 40

» Occupation: Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Optimost, a Web-optimization firm

» Endorsements: State Sen. Joe Simitian, San Carlos Mayor Tom Davids, all members of the San Carlos School Board

Sonya Sigler

» Age: 40

» Occupation: Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel for Cataphora, an electronic evidence-analysis firm

» Endorsements: Current and former school board members, parents at all seven district schools

bwinegarner@examiner.com

Bay Area NewsLocalPeninsula

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

A health care worker receives one of the first COVID-19 vaccine doses at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on Tuesday Dec. 15, 2020. (Courtesy SFgov)
SF to open three large sites for COVID-19 vaccinations

Breed: ‘We need more doses. We are asking for more doses’

Tongo Eisen-Martin, a Bernal Heights resident, named San Francisco’s eighth poet laureate. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Tongo Eisen-Martin becomes San Francisco’s eighth poet laureate

Bernal Heights resident Tongo Eisen-Martin has become San Francisco’s eighth poet laureate.… Continue reading

Homeless people's tents can be seen on Golden Gate Avenue in the Tenderloin on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 16, 2020. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/S.F. Examiner)
Statewide business tax could bring new funds to combat homelessness

San Francisco could get more than $100 million a year for housing, rental assistance, shelter beds

The Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco (a mural by artist Jamie Treacy is pictued) has a lineup of free online programming including activities for youngsters scheduled for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18. (Courtesy Demetri Broxton/Museum of the African Diaspora)
Stanford, Museum of the African Diaspora host MLK Day activities

Online offerings include films, music, discussion

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi presides the US House of Representatives vote on the impeachment of US President Donald Trump at the US Capitol, January 13, 2021, in Washington, DC. - The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives on January 13 opened debate on a historic second impeachment of President Donald Trump over his supporters' attack of the Capitol that left five dead. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)
House votes 232-197 to impeach Trump a second time

Focus shifts to Senate, where McConnell has signaled he may not stand by president

Most Read