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New district trustee appointed
November 20, 2008, 12:00 AM By Heather Murtagh

A new trustee — Brian Matthews — will help lead the Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District through December 2009.

On Monday, 38-year-old Matthews was named to fill a vacancy left after Trustee Catherine Bonnar announced her resignation. The appointment came during a special meeting Monday and Matthews will be sworn in during the regular meeting Thursday. He will serve until the next regularly scheduled election for the district in November 2009.

Matthews, a Belmont resident, is married with two children who will soon be starting classes in the district. He is a public defender with Santa Clara County. Matthews grew up in Walnut Creek and earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California at Berkeley. He earned his law degree from the University of California at Hastings.

Matthews began attending school board meetings because he believes in public education and wants his children to attend local schools.

Matthews was one of the people who applied for a position which opened up last month on the board as well. He sees the budget as the top challenge facing the district at the moment.

Matthews will be filling the position left open by Bonnar,  who was most recently elected to the board in 2007. She cited a need to care for her terminally ill mother as her reason for stepping down.

Bonnar was originally elected for a two-year term in 1997 then re-elected for a full term in 2000. She decided not to run for re-election at the time due to increased work responsibilities and family need. Most recently, she rejoined the board in 2007.

Last month, Andy Stulbarg, 39, was appointed to the board. He is filling the vacancy left by Eric Shrader who resigned in September for personal reasons. Stulbarg will hold the seat through December 2009, the end of Shrader’s term.

Heather Murtagh can be reached by

e-mail: or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 105.



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