Killackey Announces Run for School Board

Mike Killackey
Mike Killackey

Attorney Mike Killackey has waded into the school board race, recently announcing his candidacy for the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education election in November.
A three-year resident of San Marino, Killackey said he had three areas in mind as a prospective school board member: student wellness, course innovation and the school facilities bond proposal.
“We’re excited,” Killackey said in a phone interview this week. “We want to do what we can to help the district and help the students in the district, so we thought this would be a good way to do it.”
Killackey said he believed in the recently approved districtwide Student Wellness Initiative and would want to continue supporting and expanding its services as a school board member.
“We need to continue on with adding a robust counseling service for the kids that can address the issues they face in high school and middle school, but also prepare them better for college admissions,” he said, adding that school safety and the district’s homework policy also factored into student wellness.
Killackey lauded the district’s current programming with the Huntington Library and Caltech and hopes to continue academic innovation, particularly as it relates to class sizes.
“I think it’s very important to do everything we can to lower class size,” he said. “We have some very good teachers in our district, and I would love for children to have more opportunity for closer interaction with them.”
Killackey said he favored the district’s bond proposal earlier this year that would have asked voters to approve borrowing up to $148 million for new facilities, infrastructure upgrades and other capital projects on school campuses. That proposal was shelved after public disagreement over how the issue was presented to parents and community stakeholders, but Killackey said he wanted to find a way to thoroughly inform voters about it when it is brought off the shelf.
“The important point to highlight is that our district has needs that must be met,” he said. “There are needs to update the facilities, and I think that a better presentation to inform the voters of the actual needs of the district with our facilities would have been very helpful in allowing the voters to make a decision.”
Killackey was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara with double majors — one in business economics, the other in sociology — before earning his law degree from Loyola Law School in 2000. He has practiced law for 17 years and maintains a private practice in Alhambra.
He and wife Stefanie have two sons, one at Huntington Middle School and the other at Valentine Elementary School. Killackey is a trustee with the San Marino Schools Foundation and Stefanie Killackey is a member of both HMS and Valentine PTAs.
“We came to San Marino for the schools, because we knew that this was a great opportunity for our children and we have been very happy with the opportunities that they have been a part of,” Killackey said. “We think it’s a great community. The focus and attention on children and education is very impressive and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”

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