Scott Saywell, Candidate for MPCSD Board of Education
Born at Stanford and raised in Sharon Heights, I have a true appreciation for the value our local schools provide to our community. I attended Phillips Brooks School for elementary school and then went on to Menlo School for Junior High and High School. My wife, Marianne Cooper, a sociologist at Stanford, grew up in Lindenwood and attended Laurel School and Encinal School before going to Menlo Atherton High School. We have settled in Menlo Park, and now our children are benefiting from the district’s high quality education. I am an active parent in the district as a member and past president of Laurel School’s Site Council, Co-Chair of the Committee to Support Menlo Park Schools in support of Measure X, participant on Laurel’s extended Visioning Committee, helping with activities, and regularly providing input at district Board meetings. I am running for the school board because I feel that my skills and experience position me well to provide thoughtful and effective leadership to our school district and that this would be a great way to contribute to a community that means so much to me and my family.
With first-rate teachers and facilities, the Board of Education should continue to advance the district in accordance to the high standards our community expects. The Board’s primary mission is to act on behalf of all of the students in the District, keeping students’ best interests in mind. Students should leave our district with a strong, comprehensive education and be well positioned to excel at our local high schools and beyond. It is also incumbent upon the Board to be good stewards of the community’s resources by maximizing the value of its investment in the district, communicating openly, and understanding the community’s priorities. As a Board Member, my guiding principles would be:
- High quality and comprehensive education for all district students
- Fiscal responsibility
- Clear communication and transparency regarding decisions
- Broad community engagement
With a BS in Physiological Science from UCLA and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, I have over 20 years’ experience working in the biotechnology industry. I have successfully managed multi-faceted scientific projects; made strategic business decisions under uncertainty and risk; and negotiated intricate collaboration contracts between companies.