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School Board Candidates List Down to Ten

The Alameda Unified School District Board of Trustees has narrowed the field to ten candidates for an empty board seat. (File Photo)

The Alameda Unified School District Board of Trustees has narrowed the field to ten candidates for an empty board seat. (File Photo)

The Alameda Unified School District Board of Trustees narrowed the field of candidates for an empty board seat from 23 to ten last night, the district announced today.

According to a media statement released this afternoon, the board recessed for 15 minutes after hearing statements from 19 of the 23 applicants, and voted unanimously – 4 to 0, one seat vacant on the five-member board – to send to the second and final selection round ten candidates who had received two or more approvals from board members.

The ten candidates are, in alphabetical order by last name, as provided by the school district:

  1. Sean Cahill
  2. Anne DeBardeleben
  3. Helen Forrester
  4. Steve Good
  5. Jane Grimaldi
  6. Philip Hu
  7. Blanche Kim
  8. Tom Lynch
  9. David Peterson
  10. Sherice Youngblood

The district reports that three of the original 23 candidates withdrew their applications – Nicole Blake, Diane Gardner Lang, and Jannett Jackson – and that one original applicant did not attend the special meeting (Mehdi Ravan).

Mike McMahon, a three-term board member who was edged out of a fourth term in last November’s election, did not progress to the final list.

Video of the meeting should be available on the school district’s web site by end-of-day today, the district said.

The final special meeting in the appointment process is scheduled for February 3rd, 2015, at 6pm at Island High School at 500 Pacific Avenue. At that meeting, the candidates will answer direct questions from the sitting board members.

That meeting will also be public, but the details of the format have not yet be determined; the board will discuss that matter at a meeting at Alameda City Hall at 6:30pm on January 27th.

Separately, district officials have told Action Alameda News that they have referred our public records request for un-redacted copies of the candidate applications to an external law firm for review.

Action Alameda News has argued that the public deserves to know the neighborhoods that the candidates live in.

In 2013, the school district told Action Alameda News that it hoped to leverage the results of a community survey that explored questions of perceived resource inequality between east-end and west-end Alameda schools.

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