Scott Barnett has announced that he won’t seek re-election to the San Diego Unified school board.
In a Facebook post Sunday, he wrote: “In trying to be a responsible and productive board member on behalf of the students, employees and taxpayers, I have been required to use much emotional, intellectual, and physically energy, which has interfered from meeting my personal, family and professional goals.
“I need to put my own life first again. These are not the only reasons for my decision NOT to run, but certainly the most important.”
Barnett recalled how in April 1984 he was elected to the Del Mar City Council at age 21, “and I started my odyssey of public service and community activism.”
He further said:
Serving on the school board and working with many wonderful parent and community volunteers and so many dedicated staff has been a true inspiration and honor and a wonderful capstone to [the] last three decades.
Today is not the time to recap my successes and failures, but to thank you for the opportunity to allow me to serve. While there is much great work and much reform still to be done, I am confident that Superintendent Cindy Marten will lead us forward in improving the rigor of education for all of our students, and toward our goal of a quality school in every neighborhood. …
I am confident that Superintendent Cindy Marten will lead us forward in improving the rigor of education for all of our students, and toward our goal of a quality school in every neighborhood.
The San Diego Reader, in reporting the Barnett news, noted that during his term, he prevailed in arguments against a sell-off of district-owned real estate.
Barnett told U-T San Diego that he likely will endorse a candidate to replace him on the board.