PIEDMONT -- Computer scientist Hari Titan is running for the school board on a unique platform that would utilize electronic "town hall" meetings to keep parents informed of school board doings.

Titan, with a daughter at Havens and a son who attended Piedmont High, said that at the many parent's clubs meetings he attended he sensed frustration by busy parents who do not have the time to attend lengthy school board meetings or pore through ponderous reports.

"Younger parents find it hard to get involved but they are very interested in their kid's success," Titan said. "We have technology now. We should not be afraid of it."

If elected, Titan would hope to establish an electronic community forum where anyone who signs up could post comments, questions or suggestions related to school issues.

Titan would update the platform with the latest information gleaned from the board meetings with "threads" to various topics. He would report back the comments to his fellow board members.

"Discussion forums are a great advantage. They would be organized by topic. Click on those threads to the topic. One stop shopping," said the candidate.

"All parents get to see the latest (school board news), the next steps. Before every meeting, I would synthesize viewpoints and share with the board. (Parent's) words have some weight behind them. See who said what."

Those who are reluctant to use electronic media, can pick up the phone and call Titan, were he elected, he said.

Titan holds a Ph.D. in computer science from University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Canada. Now an independent consultant, he spent his career as a "big data scientist" dealing with huge volumes of customer transactions and online activity data to help firms manage risks and opportunities. He holds a U.S. patent on explaining the behavior of advanced computer programs that are used to identify suspicious fraudulent activity on credit cards. He also taught college-level computer science courses at a small liberal arts college.

His parents were both educators --- his father was a high school math and science teacher and his mother was an elementary school teacher.

His idea would save a lot of phone calls, he said.

"If I am elected, voters really want this."

Readers may visit www.HariTitan.com for more information.

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