Three familiar names have their hat in the ring in hopes of filling a seat on the San Bruno Park Elementary School District Board of Trustees previously held by Skip Henderson.
Henderson, who retired from the board May 1 after 31 years due to health issues, was nearly done with his term. After the April announcement, the board decided to appoint someone to fill the seat through November, when Henderson’s term was to expire. Applications were due Wednesday and three applied — former trustees Russ Hanley and Chuck Zelnik along with Patrick Flynn, president of the San Bruno Education Foundation. All three have long ties with the district. Applicants will be interviewed by the full board at a yet-to-be-determined meeting date later this month.
Hanley, who has been a part of the district more than 50 years, started as a teacher at Belle Air Elementary in 1958. He retired from teaching in 1992, after 34 years. The following year, Hanley was elected to the school board, where he served for 16 years before retiring in 2009.
On his application, Hanley said he wanted to be part of the school board, “to be part of the decision-making process that will benefit the children of our district and ... improve the overall quality of instruction.”
Zelnik, a former San Bruno Park Elementary School Board trustee, stepped down from the board after six years in 2006 and ran unsuccessfully to rejoin the board in three elections that followed. Employed by R&B Drywall, Zelnik has helped in both community and school volunteer positions over the years.
“I am well versed in today’s school issues,” he wrote in his application. “I am able to think outside the box. Along with other (San Bruno Park Elementary School District) residents, I can bring people together for the betterment of [district] students.”
Flynn, chief engineer at Able Engineering, also has years of experience with the district as a very active parent volunteer. Flynn has served on Portola’s Parent Teacher Association and has served as president of the San Bruno Education Foundation since it started in 2005.
“I feel I can help create an improved link to the San Bruno community and current board by promoting and facilitating trust through improved communication by listening and responding in a civil manner,” Flynn wrote in his application.
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