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School Board Member Henneberry Dead at 44

Alameda Unified School District trustee Solana Henneberry died this morning after battling illness for over a year. (Courtesy Photo)

Alameda Unified School District trustee Solana Henneberry died this morning after battling illness for over a year. (Courtesy Photo)

The Alameda Unified School District announced today that school board trustee Solana Henneberry, 44, died early this morning after battling illness for over a year.

Separately, the East Bay Times reported that she succumbed to breast cancer.

Henneberry, 44, taught special education in West Contra Costa Unified School District and specialized in assistive technology. She was elected to the Alameda school district’s board of trustees in 2014 and served as its president in 2016.

She served as co-chair of the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth, and their Families and as an active representative on the Measure B1 campaign committee last fall.

“Board Member Henneberry was stalwart in her fight against this illness,” said Superintendent Sean McPhetridge. “As president, she did not miss a single Board of Education meeting, even when she was undergoing treatment. Her commitment and leadership were truly inspiring. We will remember her as someone who dedicated her life to public education, her community, and her family. Our thoughts are with her friends and family now as we all grapple with this great loss to the Alameda community.”

Henneberry is survived by her husband Mike, who previously served on the City of Alameda planning board, daughter Emma, and two sons Eamon and Finbar.

District officials said a memorial service will be held at a time and location to be determined.

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