School Board

BUSD Board of Education 2016-17

The Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education, also called the School Board, is comprised of five elected directors (also called “members”) and two student directors, one chosen from Berkeley High, and one from Berkeley Technology Academy.  The School Board represents the public’s voice in public education, providing citizen governance over the school district.  The School Board is responsible for employing and evaluating the Superintendent; adopting policies, curriculum, and the District’s budget; overseeing the maintenance and development of facilities in the District; and negotiating and adopting collective bargaining agreements with the District’s four unions.

Members are elected in staggered four-year terms, with two seats on the Board up for election in November of Presidential election years, and three seats in the following even-numbered November election.

Contacting School Board Members:  All school board members have individual email addresses, which are listed below. You can also send one email that goes to all Board members by emailing Elected Board members also have office hours, generally once a month. The office hours for each Board member are listed below. You can also leave a voicemail message for the Board at 510-644-6550.

Ty Alper Ty Alper, President (2018)
Office hours:
Last Sunday of each month
3:00 – 4:30pm
May office hours: May 21, 2017
Casa Latina
1801 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
Josh Daniels Josh Daniels, Vice President (2018)
No office hours until further notice
Beatriz Leyva-Cutler Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, Clerk (2020)
1st Monday of each month
Casa Latina on San Pablo and Delaware
4:30 – 6:00
If you are unable to meet during office hours please call 510-644-6550 or email me to schedule a time to meet.
Si no está disponible durante las horas de oficina favor de llamar este número si gusta reunirse conmigo o mandar un correo electrónico.
Judy Appel Judy Appel (2020)
Office hours:
Third Saturday of each month
10:00am – 12:00pm
Mo’Joe Cafe
2517 Sacramento St,
Berkeley, CA 94702
Karen Hemphill Karen Hemphill (2018)
Office hours:
Last Saturday of each month
Cafe Leila
1724 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
Petra Silvey Petra Silvey, Student Director – BHS (2016-17)
Alaunte Keys Alaunte Keys, Student Director – BTA (2015-17)


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