The Alameda County Board of Education appointed a new president and vice president for the 2015-16 school year.
Trustee Aisha Knowles was appointed as president, and Trustee Eileen McDonald was appointed vice president of the board on Tuesday. Both were nominated and chosen for the roles by board members, said spokesman Patrick Gannon.
The Alameda County Office of Education works as a liaison between the California Department of Education and the 18 public school districts in Alameda County. The county office is governed by a seven-member Board of Education elected by the public to four-year terms.
Knowles ran unopposed for her seat in June 2014, as did Trustees Joaquin Rivera and Yvonne Cerrato, whose district includes Pleasanton. Each school year, the board selects whom among them will become president and vice president for the new year, Gannon said.
Knowles succeeds Trustee Marlon McWilson as board president, and McDonald succeeds Knowles as vice president.
Knowles represents Area 4, which covers San Leandro and the western unincorporated communities of Ashland, Castro Valley and San Lorenzo. Her district also includes West Dublin up to the I-680 freeway.
McDonald represents Area 6, which covers Newark and the northern and western areas of Fremont.
Knowles is also the public information officer for the Alameda County Fire Department and has held numerous community leadership roles, including as chairperson for the Ashland Citizen's Advisory Committee, District 4 representative for the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women and a member of the Eden Area League of Women Voters, according to a release from the board.