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School Board Race is Three for Two

Three candidates are vying for two seats on the Alameda Unified School District Board of Trustees. (File Photo)

Three candidates are vying for two seats on the Alameda Unified School District Board of Trustees. (File Photo)

The extended nominating period for candidates for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Board of Trustees closed yesterday. Three candidates will vie for two seats this November.

The nominating period was automatically extended when incumbent Margie Sherratt declined to run for a second term.

Fellow incumbent Mike McMahon is running for a third term.

Newcomer Solana Henneberry, wife of City of Alameda Planning Board Mike Henneberry, is expected to receive the support of the Alameda Education Association, the local teacher’s union, as she is a special education teacher.

Also new to the field is Gary Lym, who completed his filing with the Registar of Voters just under the wire yesterday.

Lym’s ballot designation indicates he is a “Retired Professor/Parent”; on his LinkedIn profile, he self-identifies as an Independent Accounting Professional.

A third seat may open up on the board in the event that incumbent Trish Spencer, currently in her second term, wins in her bid to unseat Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore.

And, should voters approve Measure I, a $180 million tax bond measure that would be paid back from 2016 to 2042, and which the school district has approved for the same November 4th election, the newly comprised Board of Trustees would be instrumental in decisions made about which specific school improvement projects are funded with the proceeds.

1 comment to School Board Race is Three for Two

  • If Trish Spencer should be elected Mayor, it would leave a vacancy on the school board. According to board bylaws, the board could then appoint a provisional replacement.

    Timelines for Filling a Vacancy
    When a vacancy occurs, the Board shall take the following action, as appropriate:
    1. When a vacancy occurs within four months of the end of a Board member’s term, the Board shall take no action. (Education Code 5093)
    2. When a vacancy occurs longer than four months before the end of a Board member’s term, the Board shall, within 60 days of the date of the vacancy or the filing of the member’s deferred resignation, either order an election or make a provisional appointment, unless a special election is mandated as described in item #3 below. (Education Code 5091, 5093)
    3. When a vacancy occurs from six months to 130 days before a regularly scheduled Board election at which the position is not scheduled to be filled, a special election to fill the position shall be consolidated with the regular election. The person so elected shall take office at the first regularly scheduled Board meeting following the certification of the election and shall serve only until the end of the term of the position which he/she was elected to fill. (Education Code 5093)

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