FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Superintendent Pasquale Scuderi
Board President Jennifer Williams
Board of Education Appoints Margie Sherratt to Vacant Seat
Alameda, California — December 13, 2023 — At its December 12 public meeting, the Board of Education for the Alameda Unified School District voted unanimously to appoint Margie Sherratt to the seat left vacant when former Board Vice President Megan Sweet resigned in late October.
Ms. Sherratt, a retired AUSD administrator and former Board of Education member, will be sworn in at the January 9, 2024 meeting. She will serve through November, 2024 — the remainder of Ms. Sweet’s term.
The Appointment Process
The Board voted to fill the vacancy through an appointment (rather than an election) at its November 3 special meeting. The application period started November 6 and ended December 6; the vacant seat and the application process were publicized via AUSD’s newsletter, website, and social media channels, as well as via local media partners.
Eleven community members applied for the position. One withdrew, and one could not meet the criteria for becoming a board member. As such, nine candidates were interviewed at a special meeting on November 8. Of those, the Board Members unanimously voted for Ms. Sherratt last night.
“We appreciate all the candidates who were willing to serve in this capacity,” says Superintendent Pasquale Scuderi. “We were impressed with their qualifications and their heartfelt commitment to helping to lead the district, and we encourage them to share their time and talents with the district going forward.”
An Experienced Leader
Ms. Sherratt has worked as a teacher, counselor, and principal in AUSD. She served on the Board of Education from 2010 to 2014 and was Board President from 2012 to 2013. She endorsed and campaigned for parcel tax Measures E, B1, and A and bond Measures C and I, and she and her late husband, Don Sherratt, also volunteered with the Alameda Boys Club, Girls, Inc. of the Island City, and the Alameda Education Foundation.
Currently she serves on the foundation’s board.
“We are grateful to Margie for stepping forward at this time,” says Jennifer Williams, who rotated into the Board President role at last night’s meeting. “With the troubling news about the state’s budget and a renewal parcel tax measure on the ballot in March, we felt we needed someone with leadership experience as both an administrator and board member – someone who could hit the ground running. Margie fit the bill perfectly.”
At the Board meeting, Member Gary Lym also rotated to Vice President, and Member Ryan LaLonde was voted to the Board Clerk position.
For more information, please see AUSD’s “Board Vacancy Process” web page.
Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) serves more than 9600 students in Alameda, California, an island community in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, please visit the AUSD website, follow @AUSDNews on Twitter, or subscribe to our email communications. Questions? Contact Susan Davis, Senior Manager, Community Affairs, at email@example.com.