2022 Board Elections
2022 Board Elections
The Redwood City School District Board of Trustees is made by 5 elected representatives. Each Trustee represents one of 5 areas of the district.
The Board is responsible for every decision affecting all K-8 schools in the district: from setting policies related to schedules and staff assignments, to establishing contracts for the food provided, to determining how students are assigned to schools. Trustees are elected for 4 year terms.
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Do you need help presenting your candidacy? Running a campaign? Finding parents to help out?
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June - San Mateo County publishes the calendar for the November election. Now available here.
June - July - San Mateo County will publish the "2022 Candidate Guide", providing all the details to become a candidate for the Trustee seat. Now available here.
July 18th to August 12th - Nomination window! All prospective candidates must submit their application between those two dates with the San Mateo County Elections Office. Candidates can also withdraw from the election before the window closes.
Start by filling a Candidate Registration Form and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org, as described here.
August 12th to August 22nd - Submitted documents are reviewed and made available for public examination. Depending on the incumbent decision to run again and the candidates that applied, the window to submit applications may be extended by 5 days.
Between August and November - Candidates will run their campaign, and follow the rules set forth by the FPPC to report donations and expenditures.
Details available from the San Mateo County web site, and from the FPPC Candidate toolkit.
November 8th, ELECTION DAY! All registered voters in Area 2 and 5 will cast their ballots. Votes will be counted, and by December the San Mateo County Electoral Officers will certify the result.
How accurate is the information on this site?
Although we did our best to keep this site accurate and up to date, please refer to the "2022 Candidate Guide" and the San Mateo County Elections Office for the most accurate information.
A few sources of information have been used to create this website:
The RCSD Board Meetings Minutes and Agendas, defining the exact map for the Trustee Areas (with corresponding approval vote). At the time of writing, the County had not received the updated map from the District yet.
If you find an error or inaccuracy, please let us know by contacting email@example.com. We'll do our best to keep the site up to date.
How long is a term?
4 years. For trustees elected in November 2022, the term will end in November 2026. Although uncommon and undesirable, trustees can resign before the end of the term.
What are the requirements to be a candidate?
Please refer to the "2022 Candidate Guide" for details. In general, candidates must be:
Citizen of the USA, registered voter, 18 years of age or older.
Resident in Redwood City, in Trustee Area 2 or 5 of Redwood City
(see the map on top of the page, or the detailed version).
Not disqualified by the Constitution or laws of California (some felonies, embezzlement, etc).
How much time commitment is required?
We asked Trustees in two different school districts, and what we learned is that it varies greatly.
The rule of thumb is a minimum of 10 hours per week between preparation for board meetings, keeping on top of emails, education news, committee meetings, meetings with staff and the superintendent, and various events.
But there is a lot of opportunity to spend more time by adding site visits, ceremonies, participating in events, advocacy, or the occasional urgent issue that needs to be addressed quickly. The upper bound is really based on how much time you can dedicate. That said, 3 out of 5 of our current board members have full time jobs, and with some dedication, even a small amount of time can have an incredible impact.
Can I have a full time job while being a Trustee?
3 of the current 5 board members in Redwood City have full time jobs in addition to their commitment to the Board of Trustees. In general, having a job that allows a little bit of daytime flexibility is advisable, but all the staff and members are normally understanding of conflicts.
Participating in board meetings is a requirement, currently those are scheduled on Wednesdays. Between study sessions, commute time, and closed door sessions, you should probably make sure to be available from 5pm onward.
Can employees of the School District be elected?
Yes. Employees of the school district can run for a seat in the Board of Trustees. However, the rules mandate that their employment will be automatically terminated if elected, upon being sworn into office.
How much does it cost to become a candidate?
There are no costs associated with the initial application. However, if multiple candidates end up running for the same seat, each candidate will need to campaign.
How much a campaign costs really depends on how the campaign is run and how competitive other candidates are. Most School Board elections in Redwood City have run uncontested: with a single candidate on the ballot. So, no need to campaign.
But if campaigning is needed, candidates should expect to have to raise between 1,000 and 5,000 USD to pay for fliers, lawn signs, and campaign expenses in general.
The most important thing here is for the candidate to follow the rules set forth by the FPPC to prevent conflicts of interest and to ensure that the campaign is fair and transparent for the electors. This requires, for example, to use a special bank account to handle campaign forms, and to disclose information about donations and expenditures. To learn more, you should start from the FPPC Candidate Toolkit and the information provided by the San Mateo County.
Do Trustees receive any form of compensation?
Yes. There is some minimal compensation to cover for the meeting times, and training.
Where can I find more help?
For information about running as a candidate, forms, deadlines, etc, get in touch with the San Mateo County Elections division. The best email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, the staff is incredibly helpful.
If you are planning or considering to run and need help with your campaign, outreach initiatives, preparing flyers, or social media initiatives, please let us know and get in touch with us, write to email@example.com. We may be able to put you in touch with parents in our district willing to help!
Who are you, what is this site?
p4rcs, or "Parents for Redwood City Students" is a group of parents with the goal of increasing parent participation in our district to improve the quality of our schools, with a strong focus on equity, diversity, and above all, our students. You can join our newsletter to learn more about our initiatives (see button on top), or contact us at the email address below for any question or idea.
The focus of this website is to bring awareness about the upcoming elections, connect and learn about prospective candidates, and do our best to bring more voices both in our schools and in the district.