DUSD Swears-in Three Board Members, Elects New President and Vice President
DUSD Swears-in Three Board Members, Elects New President and Vice President
Amy Miller Recognized for a Decade of Service
Dublin, CA – December 16, 2020 – During the regularly scheduled Board meeting on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees swore-in three newly elected board members, Gabi Blackman, Catherine Kuo, and Kristin Pelham, and elected its President and Vice President for the 2021 calendar year. The district also said goodbye to Amy Miller after ten years of service as a Board of Trustee member.
Amy Miller Recognized for 10 Years of Service
After 10 years of service, Amy Miller, who first joined the Board in the winter of 2010, did not run for reelection, opening the door for Ms. Pelham to take the Area 1 seat. Ms. Miller was recognized for her service to the community through district leadership, public, and board member comments, videos from Dublin High School and various staff and community members, and recognitions from the City of Dublin, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, and County Supervisor Scott Haggerty.
During her decade on the board, the Dublin Unified School District grew 107 percent (from 6,257 to 12,977 students), over 5,100 students graduated, academic performance improved, the district opened Amador Elementary, Kolb Elementary, and Cottonwood Creek K-8 schools, rebuilds of Dublin High School and Wells Middle School were completed, revitalization projects at Murray Elementary and Frederiksen Elementary have begun, groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the Dublin High School Engineering & Science Building and the long awaited second comprehensive High School, Emerald High School and a Wellness Center was created at Dublin High School.
Ms. Miller also played a role in securing land for a new middle school to be built at Dublin Crossing, expanding the number of counselors in the district, the creation of Dublin High’s Gael Period, the development of Professional Learning Communities, the increased prominence of the Regional Occupational Program and the approval of parcel tax and bond measures that were critical to the district’s ability to manage its tremendous growth.
In recognition of her commitment to the community, the district dedicated a bench to Ms. Miller. The bench will be located at the Dublin High School Wellness Center.
“Being a school board member is a high stress and often thankless job,” said Interim Superintendent of the Dublin Unified School District, Daniel Moirao. “Shouldering some of this burden through what could arguably be called the most challenging period in the school district’s history, is a tremendous achievement. The fact that we are in a better place now, than we were ten years ago, is in part due to Amy Miller’s commitment to this community. Thank you Amy.”
Three Board Members Sworn-in
On November 3, 2020, ballots were cast in three Dublin Unified School District races, for Trustee Areas 1, 3, and 4. On Tuesday, December 2, 2020, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters finalized the election results with Kristin Pelham being elected in Area 1, Catherine Kuo in Area 3, and Gabi Blackman in Area 4. The three board members join Dan Cherrier in Area 5 and Megan Rouse in Area 2 to complete the five member Board of Trustees.
Newly Elected Board Members
Representing Area 1, Kristin Pelham, an 18-year Dublin resident, has dedicated her career to serving students. She has a 20-year career in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District as a Special Education Teacher and Resource Specialist. Ms. Pelham is also a parent of two Dublin students and was appointed to serve on the DUSD Boundary Committee, High School Naming Committee, and LCAP Committee. She was honored to be a member of the Dublin Unified leadership team that visited the Museum of Tolerance to build cultural proficiency and develop a plan to increase equity.
Ms. Kuo is the current Trustee representing Area 3, and a dedicated Dublin parent who has volunteered extensively in Dublin schools as an Art in Action and Junior Achievement docent, Jog-A-Thon coordinator, Dougherty Parent Faculty Club (PFC) vice president and president, and as a School Site Council (SSC) member. She has also participated on a principal’s hiring panel and the Second High School Input Committee. She has lived in Dublin with her husband for 20 years where they are raising their two school-aged children.
Ms. Blackman was reelected to represent Dublin’s Area 4. She is a mother of three school-aged children, a 15-year Dublin resident, a leader in educational planning and design, and someone focused on bringing solutions-driven leadership and extensive academic experience to the Board of Trustees. She is deeply vested in Dublin's success and is a long-time school and community volunteer with an understanding of the challenges faced by Dublin schools and students.
Ms. Pelham, Kuo, and Blackman will serve four-year terms as board members, with their seats up for election in 2024.
Board Elects New President and Vice President
Pursuant to Education Code Sections 35011 and 35143, every school district governing board consisting of five or more members shall, at its annual meeting, elect both positions from its members and this information is subsequently filed with the County Superintendent of Schools.
Following the swearing-in of the newly elected board members, votes were taken to elect the board president and vice president. Dan Cherrier was elected board president and Megan Rouse was elected Board Vice president. This is the second consecutive term for both board members in these positions.
“Our new board has the opportunity to navigate the district through this challenging period and help our students, staff and community return to normal. They will help us manage our continued growth by making the dream of a second comprehensive high school a reality, improving the quality of facilities across our district, maintaining fiscal responsibility, and creating a more equitable environment for all students. I’m confident our new board is up to the challenge. We are looking forward to working with them and continuing our mission to educate every student to become a lifelong learner by providing a safe and supportive environment that fosters collective responsibility for each student’s success. ” continued Moirao.
About the Dublin Unified School District
The Dublin Unified School District serves nearly 12,900 students, from preschool through adult education, in a diverse suburban environment. The district comprises seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one K-8 school, one alternative high school, and one comprehensive high school, with a second under construction and due to open in the Fall of 2022.
The Dublin Unified School District’s mission is to educate every student to become a lifelong learner by providing a safe and supportive environment that fosters collective responsibility for each student’s success.
The Dublin Unified School District is ranked as one of the "Top 100 Best School Districts in California," placing 27 out of over 440 state school districts. Dublin schools have been recognized with numerous accolades, including Advanced Placement Honor Roll, National Blue Ribbon School, Gold Ribbon Award, Project Lead The Way Distinguished School, California School of Character, National School of Character, Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll, California Distinguished School, and Title 1 Academic Achievement Award School.
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