By Helen Bequette
I am writing to support Quinlan Tom for Lafayette School District Governing Board.
There is no doubt but that it will be difficult to replace outgoing Board members Shayne Silva and Stephenie Teichman, as they take with them a wealth of historical knowledge and an incredible level of commitment to our District. When I attended the Candidates Forum on October 24th, I found myself considering the question of what qualities we should look for in the candidates for the Governing Board. As a longtime observer of Governing Board meetings (I have reported on the meetings for five years now, as part of my PTA board member duties), I have a few thoughts on the topic.
It goes without saying that each Governing Board member must have an analytical mind and strong speaking and writing skills. We are lucky to live in a community where many people possess these skills. It is also obvious that Governing Board members must have a steadfast desire to engage in community service. Board members spend an inordinate amount of time carrying out their many and varied duties. Few among us are able to make such a commitment, and all of the candidates should be applauded for their willingness to take on such a large job. Finally, and perhaps this is less evident, Board members must be able to work collaboratively with each other and the administration (while still retaining oversight of the latter), and also act a conduit to allow the many different groups and individuals in the community to express their opinions, questions, and concerns.
I believe Quinlan Tom is an excellent candidate for Lafayette School District Governing Board, and I was confirmed in this belief after attending the Candidates Forum. Quinlan's many years as a litigator have allowed him to hone his analytical and communication skills. Since moving to Lafayette, he has made an admirable commitment to do what he can to support our schools. His willingness to take on this job is just another example of how he steps forward when others will not. Most importantly, Quinlan has an open mind on the issues confronting our district. Rather than bursting onto the Governing Board with a pre-set agenda, I believe Quinlan will come to the Board prepared to listen and learn from other Board members, the administration, and our community. For these reasons, I am supporting Quinlan Tom.