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August 3, 2010 > McDonald elected President of ACOE Board

McDonald elected President of ACOE Board

Submitted By Claudia Medina
Photos By courtesy of Claudia Medina

Trustee Eileen McDonald was elected President of the Alameda County Board of Education (ACOE) at the board's annual re-organization meeting on July 13. Trustee Ken Berrick was elected to the position of Vice President.

McDonald, who has been a board member since 2004, represents Trustee area 6, which includes Newark and the northern and western portion of Fremont.

"I want to congratulate Eileen and Ken for their election to President and Vice President of the Board of Education," said Sheila Jordan, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools. "Eileen's vision for healthier communities and for the physical well-being of our staff and students makes her a great leader in our community. Ken's professionalism, expertise and advocacy for at-risk students will contribute to the continuity of strong leadership of the Board of Education. I look forward to working together as we continue our mission to ensure that 'every child, in every school, every day' receives a quality education."

President McDonald has taught in several programs in the Bay Area including: Fremont Unified Regional Occupational Program (ROP), Ohlone for Kids, and Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas. Trustee McDonald was a member of the Newark Unified School District Board of Education from 1992-2003. Mrs. McDonald holds a B.A. from Cal State East Bay in Speech Communication and has pursued Master's level classes in Correctional Education, as well as a Master's of Governance and Master's of Boardmanship certification from the California School Board's Association. Mrs. McDonald is currently a substitute teacher in East Palo Alto.

"I am proud to serve on a board with such committed and caring members. We are all very active in the communities we serve as well as supporting and celebrating people and events countywide," says Mrs. McDonald. We respect one another and together with our superintendent, Sheila Jordan, are working to make Alameda County schools the best in California."

"What a pleasure it is to represent the Newark/Fremont community where I live, shop, work, and play," comments Mrs. McDonald. "How better to recognize our creative teachers, dedicated support staff and insightful local school boards. An important role as president of the county board will be to bring all of the communities in Alameda County together as we work to strengthen the services we provide ensuring a quality education for everyone."

In addition, Ken Berrick, founder and CEO of Seneca Center, was voted in as Vice-President of the Board. Berrick has served on the board since 2008 and represents Area 3 encompassing 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.

Mr. Berrick is a member of the California Child Welfare Council, as well as the President-elect and Education Committee member 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.

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