The school district is also in the process of hiring a new superintendent. More information on that is here.
Josh's letter is below:
It has been a privilege to serve the Emeryville community as a member of the Emery Unified School District Board of Trustees for over 12 years. Unfortunately, my professional responsibilities as the newly hired Executive Director of a nonprofit community development corporation and the needs of my family, have combined to require that I resign my position as School Board Trustee effective March 31st.
With two teenage daughters, we are moving from our two bedroom, one bathroom condominium to a much larger condominium in downtown Oakland. Our new home will accommodate our family's needs, and has room for our parents in the future. We continue to own property in Emeryville and we intend to move to Emery Bay Village after the Center for Community Life is completed. In the meantime, I will remain involved as a tax payer and future neighbor of the Center of Community Life.
I am grateful to my colleagues on the school board for their dedication to supporting the work of our teachers, students, families, guardians and the community. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to work with School Board members John Affeldt, Miguel Dwin and Joy Kent. The sound leadership of Board President Melodi Dice has been a rock of stability in the changing tides of school funding. The dedication and professionalism of these board members over many years has been inspiring.
I am also grateful for the thoughtful partnership of the Emeryville City Council whose work has demonstrated that “partners power student success.” Closer integration of City afterschool programs with school programs has enhanced work in the classrooms and teachers have been able to buy homes in Emeryville through the City’s first time homebuyer program. Under the leadership of City Manager Sabrina Landreth, I have no doubt that Emeryville will continue to improve as an “Age-Friendly City”.
I have been impressed by the many ways that business leaders have stepped up in support of education in Emeryville. Consistent partners who have worked to power student success include Pixar, Madison Marquette, Expressions Center for New Media, 45th Street Artists Cooperative, the Townhouse Restaurant, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Jamba Juice, Wereham Development, the Emeryville Chamber of Commerce and many others. The Work of the Emery Ed Fund to coordinate these efforts has been invaluable.
Most of all, my family is grateful for the twelve years of excellent education that our daughters received at both the Emeryville Child Development Center and Emery Unified School District. My daughter Sarah was well prepared for her current interest in engineering by the teachers at Anna Yates and my daughter Maya continues to be inspired by the work of the Anna Yates Elementary School Theater Club. (Don’t miss their next performance at the Emeryville Senior Center on Salem Street on March 28th at 6pm and March 29th at 3pm. Call the Anna Yates Elementary School office at 601-4917 for more information.)
The School District has made great progress toward becoming a model full-service community school. Our integration of healthcare, parent resources, after school activities and community resources into our schools, has reduced barriers to education and supported teachers to do their best work.
I am particularly thankful to Congresswoman Barbara Lee for her support of the Family Resource Center and her work to upgrade our High School Gym to be a safe shelter in times of crisis.
I am also thankful for Alameda County Superintendent Sheila Jordan and Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson who have provided invaluable guidance throughout our transformation process.
The District’s strong relationship with Peralta Community College to bring college level courses to our High School is very exciting, and I must thank Superintendent John Sugiyama, Superintendent Debbra Lindo and School Board member Miguel Dwin for their leadership of this work.
State Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner and State Senator Loni Hancock have been great partners in fighting for the needs of children and families in Emeryville. Without their hard work at the state level, our efforts to improve Emeryville’s school district might not receive the critical attention that we require from the California Department of Education and other State Agencies.
With the community’s support, we have started construction on our new community school and will now have adequate facilities for the District’s partnerships and collaborations. Funds are now available to build the facility required to house the combination of recreation, health and pre-k through grade 16 education services that comprise our community school partnerships. I am proud that the Measure J Bond Oversight Committee recently reported that all Measure J funds are being spent appropriately and responsibly, and that Moody’s recently gave us a very high bond credit rating.
I am confident that the District’s transition dream team of past superintendents John Quinn and John Sugiyama will support our extraordinary professional staff and teachers to continue building on our progress to date. With the support of EUSD’s amazing staff, I have great confidence in the continued improvement of our school district.
The board intends to discuss the process for filling my position at the February 26th School Board meeting. I regret that I will not be at that meeting due to work travel, but I look forward to continuing to serve the community until the end of March.
Most of all, thank you for being a community that consistently supports safe quality schools for the Emeryville community.