A literal armload of high honors – including from the California Senate, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors – was bestowed on BUSD Superintendent Donald Evans during a farewell ceremony at the School Board meeting on June 12.
“You have been a mighty leader – you absolutely have been, in every setting you’ve been in,” said Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe in presenting him with a wood-mounted Certificate of Recognition from the Alameda County Office of Education signed by her.
She mentioned his leadership, not just as a school-district Superintendent but also in other organizations, including the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators, which presented him with its Marcus Foster Distinguished Educator Award last year, and the Alameda County Superintendents Council.
“You’ll really be missed,” she added. “I’m not sure why they’re letting you retire.”
The various honors presented to Dr. Evans in the ceremony included:
- Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Representative Barbara Lee
- California Senate Resolution from Sen. Nancy Skinner
- Certificate of Recognition from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond
- Commendation from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors
- Proclamation/Certificate of Recognition from Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe
- City of Berkeley Proclamation from Mayor Jesse Arreguin
Several of the awards were presented by representatives of the leaders who signed them, such as Berkeley City Councilmember Susan Wengraf on behalf of Mayor Arreguin. Superintendent Monroe presented her award in person.
Dr. Evans is retiring after six years as BUSD’s Superintendent. The new Superintendent, Dr. Brent Stephens, will start on July 1, after leaving his current post as the Chief Academic Officer for the San Francisco Unified School District.