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July 26, 2011 > Alameda County Board of Education news

Alameda County Board of Education news

Story and photo submitted by Claudia Medina

Trustee Ken Berrick was elected president of the Alameda County Board of Education (ACOE) at the board's annual re-organization meeting on July 12. Trustee Yvonne Cerrato was elected vice president.

Berrick, who has been a board member since 2008, represents area 3, which includes Oakland hills from Claremont south to Redwood Road in the northeast, to portions of Chinatown Central, San Antonio, Fruitvale and East Oakland in the south.

"Ken is a compassionate and talented leader who is dedicated to developing and implementing strong support systems for struggling students. He is an important partner in the development of ACOE's programs for at-risk students. I join our staff and the Board in congratulating Ken on his new leadership role. I also salute Trustee Eileen McDonald for her successful year as President," said Sheila Jordan, Alameda County Schools Superintendent. "It is an honor and pleasure to work in partnership with such dedicated and talented Board members."

Ken Berrick is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Seneca Center, a nonprofit agency that provides school-based, community-based and residentially-based services for children with serious emotional issues and their families. Mr. Berrick is the President-Elect of the California County Boards of Education and serves as Chair of the Legislative Committee. He is a member of the California Child Welfare Council, as well as an Education Committee member and former President of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services. His advocacy work on behalf of children, youth and families includes serving on several policy planning groups at both the county and state levels.

"I am a fervent supporter of the county's position of supporting the unique needs of students who have struggled in the educational system. I am here to represent and offer those students every opportunity to benefit from a quality education. It's a privilege to serve my community and to be in this position," Berrick stated.

Trustee Yvonne Cerrato, Vice President, has been a board member since 2002, and represents area 7 which includes Tri-Valley cities of Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore and the unincorporated community of Sunol, and the southeastern portions of Fremont. Ms. Cerrato holds California multiple subject elementary school teacher credential, and also holds a Clear Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development Certification and a Language Development Specialist Certification. She is a Dean's List Scholar from San Jose State University where she received her B.S. degree in business marketing. Ms. Cerrato lives in Pleasanton with her husband and four children who have attended the public school system she has pledged to improve and support.

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