Meet Your New School Board Member

San Carlos School District Welcomes Newest Board Member, Neil Layton

When Neil Layton was growing up, his father always reminded him of his responsibility to give back to the community that supports him. And since moving to San Carlos in 2013, he has taken the advice to heart, serving as a member of the San Carlos Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Commission, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Activities League, and the San Carlos History Museum Board before winning a seat on the San Carlos School District Board in November.

Mr. Layton participated in his first board meeting on Thursday, December 7 after a ceremonial swearing-in for him and re-elected incumbents Carol Elliott and Kathleen Farley. Mr. Layton’s term will end in 2022.

Mr. Layton has two daughters. “In 2013, I moved to San Carlos with my wife Kate and when my daughter was 9 months old for the schools and the community that supports them,” said Mr. Layton.  “In May 2014, we were joined by our second daughter.”

Mr. Layton grew up in Castro Valley, California where he attended Castro Valley public schools. After high school, he attended the University of Washington and earned a bachelor of arts in economics and a minor in communications before earning a law degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  During law school Mr. Layton served as student body president, and after law school, he became a Deputy District Attorney for Alameda County.

“I decided to run for the School Board to bring a different perspective to the Board and make sure our policies focus on the day-to-day learning environment for our children.  As a trustee I hope to work closely with the community to bring transparency and accountability about board decisions. Additionally, I want to make sure our strategic plan and policies are understood, accepted, and supported in the classroom by teachers and parents.”

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