New Member Q&A: Clayton Koo
March 18, 2017
Clayton Koo began his service on the Jefferson Elementary School District Board of Trustees in December 2015. He currently serves as board vice president.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned about schools or school board service since joining the board?
While I was not surprised by this at all, I am always impressed how much the Jefferson Elementary School District community loves its local public schools and the incredible dedication of our parents, teachers, staff and community.
What’s been the highlight of your service on the board so far?
My biggest highlight so far as a School Board Member has been the opportunity to speak at the graduation ceremony of my former middle school, Fernando Rivera Intermediate School, and speak to those students with my words of wisdom years after having been in their position.
What has been the most challenging part of being a board member?
The most challenging aspect so far has been to fully understand the school district budget since it is much more technical and complicated than what it may appear as an average citizen. However, I’ve been surrounded by great resources and staff within the Jefferson Elementary School District and CSBA that have helped me obtain a better understanding of the process.
As a newer board member, what’s one piece of advice you would give someone considering running for school board?
Be open and willing to listen to all sides of an issue regardless of where you stand, because there is always a lot more information out there that will help you get a more well-rounded view of any issue.
About the District
The Jefferson Elementary School District serves approximately 6,300 kindergarten through 8th grade students from four contiguous areas in San Mateo County – the city of Daly City, the Town of Colma, unincorporated Broadmoor Village, and a small section of the city of Pacifica.