Last night at a special School Board Meeting, Julie Sinai, former chief of staff to Mayor Tom Bates, current director of local government and community relations at UC Berkeley and member of the 2020 Vision design team, was unanimously appointed to the vacant school board seat.
In her application, Julie wrote about her commitment to achieving equity in Berkeley Public Schools, something that I clearly feel needs to be one of our top priorities:
Listening to Julie's 3 minute speech to the board, I was most struck by how incredibly knowledgeable she is about the current strengths, challenges and opportunities facing the district. She mentioned everything from 2020 Vision to the BSEP parcel tax to the new superintendent. Several of the current Board Members commented that given that this is an 18 month appointment, it will be necessary to have someone with experience of the district, as there isn't time for a steep learning curve.
You can read about last night's meeting on Berkeleyside: Julie Sinai appointed to School Board Post. A video of the meeting should be posted in the next week under "updates" for the May 1 school board meeting here.
Congratulations to Julie and to all of the candidates for applying! I found it very humbling to sit in a full audience as 9 very qualified, dedicated individuals spoke to the board about their passions, experience and commitment to the students of Berkeley Unified.