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City, School District Look for Replacements

The City of Alameda is seeking a new poet laureate; the school district is seeking a new board member. (File photo)

The City of Alameda is seeking a new poet laureate; the school district is seeking a new board member. (File photo)

The City of Alameda is looking for a new Poet Laureate and the Alameda Unified School District is looking for a new governing board member.

The board of trustees for the Alameda Unified School District is accepting applications for the board seat left vacant by Solana Henneberry’s death in mid February.

At its public meeting on February 28, the school district board of trustees voted unanimously to fill Henneberry’s seat via appointment, rather than by special election.

Applications are available in hard copy from the district’s office at 2060 Challenger Drive, or via the district’s website.

They are due at 5 p.m. tomorrow, March 8.

Over at city hall, Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer, the Alameda Poet Laureate Nominating Committee, and the Alameda Free Library are seeking nominations for the third Alameda Poet Laureate, to succeed Julia Park Tracey.

The Poet Laureate is an honorary title given to a person who has demonstrated excellence in the literary arts. The Poet Laureate will work with cultural, educational and other organizations to encourage the community to express their literary creativity; promote the appreciation and knowledge of poetry among our youth; and to create a community environment in which literary talent can thrive and be encouraged.

Poet Laureate nominees must be Alameda residents, have demonstrated a commitment to and passion for poetry, and embrace the opportunity to engage in community service to make poetry more accessible and available to all ages.

Previous Poet Laureates included Mary Rudge and Julia Park Tracey.

Nomination forms and additional information about the Alameda Poet Laureate can be found online at

Submissions are due by April 24.

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