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June 15, 2010 > Sunol Glen School Board appoints new board member

Sunol Glen School Board appoints new board member

By Alyson Whitaker
Photos By Lisa Ball

The Sunol Glen Unified School District held a special school board meeting on June 7 with the primary purpose of appointing a board member to fill the seat of Graham Barnes who resigned due to employment relocation.

The special board meeting was also an opportunity to recognize retiring staff members Nancy Davis, Phil Mumford, and Rebecca Radulovich.

Principal/Superintendent Molleen Barnes acknowledged the outstanding contribution to the school by all three with a combined total of 79 years of service. They will certainly be missed!

Nancy Davis has served as librarian and bus driver since 1997. Her heartfelt words to the audience showed her deep devotion to the school. "There was a need, and I filled it. There was a gap, and it filled me. Now it's time for me to veer off this road onto another path. It's been a long ride; it's been a good ride. Thank you so much for having me as your driver."

Phil Mumford has served in various teaching capacities for 32 years. He has taught multiple subjects to grades 5-8, taught in the 2/3 multi-age classroom, served as yearbook advisor, and supported every Community Club fundraiser.

Rebecca Radulovich has been a Sunol Glen teacher for 34 years. She has served in several areas, including 8th grade, kindergarten, and the new K/1 multi-age program this year. She has also demonstrated exemplary leadership in various curricular activities, and was selected as Teacher of the Year for both the district and Alameda County in 2000.

At the April 20 School Board meeting, Graham Barnes tendered his resignation, opening a position for a new member. School Board members are required to live within town limits. Three Sunol residents applied for the position-Gerry Beemiller, Chris Johnson, and Don Ball. Each applicant submitted a written application and participated in a verbal interview at the June 7 board meeting.

Applicants were each asked a series of ten questions regarding their relevant experience, knowledge of the purpose and responsibilities of the school board, conflict resolution techniques, past and present involvement in school and community activities, and their five year vision for the school.

The role of the school board is to provide support to the District, implement policies, and make sure the policies are enforced. They serve in an advisory role to the Superintendent. It is not the role of the school board to micro-manage or handle specific school concerns.

Following the interviews, each Board member offered feedback to the candidates and ranked the applicants. They then voted, and elected Don Ball to the position.

Don has three children attending Sunol Glen, and is very involved in both the school and community. He has served as Treasurer for the past two years on the Sunol Glen Community Club Board and is an active member of the Sunol Business Guild. Ball hopes to increase the appeal of middle school and expand after school programs, providing students with more local options for enrichment activities. As a small business owner, he knows the importance of being fiscally responsible, and hopes to bring that frugality and experience to the school board.

Following the vote, Don took the Oath of Office and was sworn in as a board member.

Board member Neil Davies stressed the importance of community involvement at the school, and encouraged Gerry Beemiller as well as any other interested community members to consider running in the November election. Two seats will be open.

The next board meeting is scheduled for June 22 at 6 p.m.

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