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Board of Education Contacts

Barbara Kahn

Term: 2012-2016 Elected in 2012
510-521-0529 Fax


Solana Henneberry
Vice President

Term: 2014-2018 Elected in 2014
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Gary K. Lym
Board Clerk

Term: 2014-2018 Elected in 2014
510-298-1280 Direct  
510-337-7187 Main
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Philip Hu

Appointed: 2015
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Gray Harris

Appointed: 2015
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Student Board Members 2014-2015

Noelle Siroit
Alameda High School

Junlin (William) Chen
Alameda Science & Technology Institute

Zack Kurtovich
Encinal High School

Abigail Corpening
Island High School


Board of Education

About AUSD's Board of Education



A five-member Board of Education oversees the Alameda Unified School District. Members are elected at-large and serve four-year terms.


The Board acts in the best interests of all students, reviews and approves the budget, authorizes expenditures, employs the Superintendent, and adopts a vision, mission, guiding principles, and policies within the limits of the State Education Code. Board members are accessible to the community and integrate public input into their deliberations and decision-making.

For information on speaking at a board meeting or for an explanation of terms, please click here.


Student Board Members | Meeting Information | Vision, Mission, Guiding PrinciplesBoard Policies



Board of Education Appointment - July 2015

The Board of Education will interview candidates for its vacant seat on July 22, 2015 during a public meeting at Island High School that will begin at 6:00 pm. The candidates' applications are available here. Details on how the applicants are available in this press release.

The seat became vacant when Boardmember Niel Tam passed away in late May.

Student Board Members

The Board also includes a Student Board Member from Alameda High School, Encinal High School, Island High School, and the Alameda Science & Technology Institute (ASTI).

The duties of the Student Board Members include:
  • Providing continuing input for Board deliberations
  • Strengthening communications between the Board and District students
  • Representing all students and facilitating the discussion of all sides of issues
Student Board Members may cast preferential votes prior to the official Board vote.


Adopted August,2009
We believe that our diverse community of students, given a rigorous academic program in an inclusive, safe and secure environment, will be prepared to be responsible citizens.


Revised January, 2012
AUSD will effectively use our limited resources to ensure that every student succeeds.

Guiding Principles

Revised January, 2012
  1. All students have the ability to achieve academic and personal success.
  2. Teachers must challenge and support all students to reach their highest academic and personal potential.
  3. Administrators must have the knowledge, leadership skills, and ability to ensure all students succeed.
  4. Parental involvement and community engagement are integral to the success of all students.
  5. Accountability, transparency, and trust are necessary at all levels of the organization.
  6. Allocation of funds must support our vision, mission, and guiding principles.
  7. All employees must receive respectful treatment and professional support to achieve district goals.


Board Policies

Board Policies

The California School Boards Association (CSBA) maintains Alameda Unified School District policies. Besides maintaining our policies, CSBA provides legal updates to ensure our policies are legally compliant and up to date.
You can access Alameda Unified School District policies at: GamutOnline (re-directs you to Gamut's website).

Meeting Information

The Board of Education holds regular meetings the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM. Please note – there is only one meeting in December and no regularly scheduled meetings in July.

All meetings, unless posted otherwise, are held at the City of Alameda Council Chambers located on the 3rd floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.
Meeting agendas are posted the Wednesday prior to the regular Board meeting at the following locations:
  • Window of main entrance of the District Office, 2060 Challenger Drive
  • District website (Agendas & Minutes page)
Copies of the agenda and backup materials are made available to the public. Any related agenda items that are distributed to at least a majority of Board Members less than 72 hours before a noticed meeting (and that are public records not otherwise exempt from disclosure) will be available for inspection at the District Office – 2060 Challenger Dr. Such writings may also be available on the District’s website.