November 18, 2020

Two sixth-graders at Del Mar Middle School have tested positive for COVID-19, district officials said last week, forcing their respective classes to revert to full-time distance learning for two weeks under public-health guidelines. Superintendent Nancy Lynch notified the community of the positive tests in a brief Nov. 12 email, saying the district had received confirmation that same day. Lynch said the school and the county public-health department are working to contact those who may have been in close contact with the students and would need to quarantine.

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November 11, 2020

The families of one fifth-grade cohort at Bel Aire Elementary School were notified last week that someone in the group had been in “close contact” with a person who tested positive for COVID-19. In a Nov. 2 email shared with The Ark by a parent, Bel Aire Principal Lexie Cala told parents the staff member or student in question is currently quarantining with their immediate family members, monitoring for symptoms and working with their health-care provider on next steps, “including testing if advised.” Cala said the school was notified of the close contact — defined as being within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more — by county public-health officials.

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November 4, 2020

The Tamalpais Union High School District’s proposed nine-year parcel-tax renewal is headed for an emphatic victory in the Nov. 3 election.

As of Nov. 4, Measure M had earned 73.6 percent approval from voters, well over the two-thirds’ margin it needs to pass.

The Marin Elections Department is still counting more than 50,000 vote-by-mail and provisional ballots countywide — about a third of all ballots cast — with turnout expected to be about 90 percent. Totals will be updated by 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays beginning Nov. 6.

Measure M would renew the existing $469 parcel tax, which is set to expire in June 2022, through June 2029. Like the current tax, the renewal would carry a 3-percent cost-of-living escalator, putting the tax at about $590 by its expiration.

District officials have said that without the parcel tax — which nets about $16.8 million in revenue annual and accounts for 17 percent of he district’s budget — the district would be forced to make sweeping, significant cuts...

November 4, 2020

Incumbents Leslie Harlander and Karen Loebbaka appear to have come out on top in the five-way race for two seats on the Tamalpais Union High School District board of trustees.

As of Nov. 4, Harlander had received 19,605 votes in the Nov. 3 pick-two election, earning support on 39.5 percent of ballots cast. Loebbaka had 17,824 votes, earning support on about 35.9 percent of ballots.

They were trailed by challengers Brandon Johnson, who had earned 20.7 percent of the vote; Tiffany McElroy at 20.1 percent; and Mandy Downing at 14.7 percent. 

The Marin Elections Department is still counting more than 50,000 vote-by-mail and provisional ballots countywide — about a third of all ballots cast — with turnout expected to be about 90 percent. Totals will be updated by 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays beginning Nov. 6.

Harlander, 65, is a former nurse who now works as a project manager for engineering and Superfund sites, was first elected to the board in 2015 and has a son who graduated...

November 4, 2020

Voters in the Reed Union School District appear to have elected incumbent Liz Webb and newcomer Jacqueline Jaffee to four-year terms on the board.

As of Nov. 4, Webb, who runs a digital marketing research and consulting firm, was the leading vote-getter in the four-way, pick-two contest, earning a vote on some 49.3 percent of the 5,671 ballots cast in the Nov. 3 election. Jaffee, an attorney and the executive director of nonprofit Adopt A Family Marin, had earned votes on about 42.5 percent of ballots.

Fellow candidates Chuck Hornbrook, who currently serves on the Tiburon Parks, Open Space and Trails Commission, had earned 27.2 percent of the vote, while Dan Emerson, the senior associate athletic director for compliance at the Academy of Art University, had earned about 11 percent. 

The Marin Elections Department is still counting more than 50,000 vote-by-mail and provisional ballots countywide — about a third of all ballots cast — with turnout expected to be about 90 percent. Totals...

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