New AUSD Board Pres. Appointed

New AUSD Board Pres. Appointed

Sun Staff Reports

Jennifer Williams was named the new president of the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Board of Education Tuesday, Sept. 7. She replaced Mia Bonta, who was sworn in as Assembly Member for California’s 18th Assembly District (see story on page 1).

Williams, who has been a board member since 2016, has served as vice president for the last two years. Bonta served as president of the board since December 2018. She was sworn into her new role on Sept. 7.

Board Policy 9121 states that when the board president resigns, the current vice president takes the position.

“On behalf of the Board of Education, I’d like to congratulate Mia Bonta on her election to the California Assembly and extend our gratitude for her service on the AUSD Board,” Williams said. “Assembly Member Bonta has long been committed to supporting students and families, and we trust she will continue to keep the best interest of our students at the forefront of the decisions she will make. We wish her every success in this next chapter of her career.”

According to AUSD board policy, the Board of Education will decide whether to appoint a replacement for the vacated seat or hold a special election. The board will discuss this at its next public meeting on Sept. 14.

“I anticipate a smooth transition so that the Board can continue to focus on the important priorities of supporting our students, families, and staff during these challenging times,” Williams said. “We look forward to supporting and partnering with Superintendent Scuderi in this very crucial work of educating students and keeping our community safe.”

The district will publicize the process the Board chooses after the Sept. 14 meeting.