The Alameda County Board of Education underwent some recent reorganization after appointing Trustee Aisha Knowles, who represents western Dublin on the county Board of Education, as president of the board earlier this month.
Following eight years of representing Area 4, which includes the western portion of Dublin as well as San Leandro, Castro Valley and several unincorporated communities, Knowles ascended to her new post during the board's July 14 virtual meeting.
Superintendent L. Karen Monroe called it, "my pleasure to continue working alongside President Knowles."
"Her commitment to public service and improving the lives of youth is unwavering," Monroe said. "Aisha’s focus on strengthening and supporting our schools and communities serves students and families across Alameda County."
Knowles expressed her gratitude and welcomed newly sworn Area 2 Trustee Angela Normand, who represents the city of Alameda and parts of Oakland, and Trustee Janevette Cole, whose Area 5 territory includes Hayward, Union City, and the southern portions of unincorporated Cherryland and Fairview. Normand and Cole were officially sworn in at the Alameda County Office of Education during a July 10 outdoor ceremony.
"Though the current public health crisis will continue to present unexpected and extraordinary challenges to school communities throughout Alameda County, I look forward to working with our newly elected members, Trustee Cole and Trustee Normand, veteran board members, Superintendent Monroe and the entire Alameda County Office of Education team to support the safety, health and mental well-being of the 225,000 students served in Alameda County," Knowles said.
According to county officials, Knowles is the board's founding representative for the advisory position on Countywide Events and Charter Schools. Outgoing board president Joaquin Rivera wished Knowles "the best in the coming year."
"It’s been a very interesting year. We had to go into shelter-in-place and hold a lot of Zoom meetings, but despite all of that, we overcame adversity and did a good job," Rivera said.
In turn, Knowles thanked Rivera for his "leadership and patience in transitioning the county board operations to a virtual format."