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Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees Appoints Niranjana Natarajan to Fill Vacant Board Seat

Niranjana Natarajan

Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees Appoints Niranjana Natarajan to Fill Vacant Board Seat

Dublin, CA – December 14, 2018 – In the regularly scheduled Board meeting on December 11, 2018, the Dublin Unified School District (DUSD) Board of Trustees selected Niranjana “Nini” Natarajan as its provisional appointee. Ms. Natarajan replaces former Trustee Joe Giannini, who resigned from the board in October. Immediately following the 3-1 vote (nay vote from Trustee Cherrier), Ms. Natarajan was sworn in by Board President Miller, took her seat on the dais, and cast her first votes as a Board member.

Originally from Chennai, the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu on the eastern coast of India, Ms. Natarajan attended Madras University where she received a Bachelor’s of Commerce and Accounting and later earned the designation of Chartered Accountant. In 2004, she married and moved to the United States with her husband after receiving an H4 visa, which is issued to dependent family members of H1B visa holders. She became a U.S. citizen in 2013.

The family settled in the Silicon Valley. While her husband worked for a Bay Area semiconductor company, Ms. Natarajan earned her CPA and now holds the title of Head of Finance for a growth stage startup in San Mateo.  The family welcomed their first daughter in 2007 and a second in 2009. Her interest in education came after enrolling their children in private school, where she felt the experience was not as balanced as it should be.

“While good grades are important, there is so much more to developing an intelligent, curious and emotionally well-balanced child. I want my children, well, all children, to learn in an environment that embraces a sense of community and that strives to provide experiential, interactive learning experiences that foster skills like communication, collaboration, and compromise,” stated Ms. Natarajan.

In 2014, Ms. Natarajan moved to Dublin with her family and enrolled her daughters in Dougherty Elementary school, later moving to Amador Elementary and now attending Cottonwood Creek. During this period, Ms. Natarajan became deeply involved with Destination Imagination, being a parent mentor to teams for multiple years.

“Destination Imagination has been a wonderful experience for my children and myself. The program provides the type of hands-on learning I feel is essential to stimulating the minds of our future leaders, As a Board member, I will push to expand programs of this nature for our children,” continued Ms. Natarajan.

“I believe Nini will bring new perspectives and fresh ideas to our board,” said Amy Miller, President, Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees. “Not only does she bring valuable professional expertise, she also changes the complexion of our board to better represent the diverse and growing community in Dublin. As a parent in the community, facing the challenges of growth on the eastern side of town, her insight will be extremely valuable in shaping the direction of our district and the educational experience of our children.”

About the Dublin Unified School District

The Dublin Unified School District serves over 12,300 students, from preschool through adult education, in a diverse suburban environment. The district has 12 school sites, including seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one K-8, and two high schools. The Dublin Unified School District mission is to ensure that every student becomes a lifelong learner by providing a rigorous and relevant 21st-century education that builds resilience and prepares them for college and career or service to our country and for success in the global economy. 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, California Distinguished School, and Title 1 Academic Achievement Award School.

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Public Notice of Vacancy and Provisional Appointment

(Education Code §5092)

 

1. A vacancy in the membership of the Governing Board of the Dublin Unified School District has occurred by reason of the resignation of Joe Giannini effective October 23, 2018.

2. The resignation was filed in the office of the Alameda County Superintendent of Schools on October 23, 2018, effective immediately.

3. Niranjana Natarajan was provisionally appointed by the Governing Board at its regular meeting of December 11, 2018 to fill the above-named vacancy.

4. The provisional appointment shall become effective unless a petition calling for a special election, containing a sufficient number of signatures, is filed in the office of the Alameda County Superintendent of Schools within 30 days from the date of the provisional appointment.

For additional information, please contact:

Dublin Unified School District

7471 Larkdale Avenue

Dublin, CA 94568

925/828-2551, x8002

 

Alameda County Office of Education

313 West Winton Ave., Hayward, CA 94544

510/ 887-0152