Dr. Brent Stephens, Superintendent
Contact the Superintendent
Phone: 510-644-8764 | 510-644-6206
2020 Bonar Street, Suite 322, Berkeley, CA 94702
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Welcome Back! Let’s have a wonderful 2019-2020 school year together!
On behalf of Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education and every member of the BUSD team, please accept my best wishes for a successful school year.
As a student, I loved the energy of the new school year. It seemed like a moment for renewed friendships, fresh starts, and new learning experiences. At the beginning of the year, everything seems full of promise. My message to our students: As you start the school year, enjoy this time of the year, lay a strong foundation for the coming months, and feel confident that your hard work and positive attitude will pay off!
Parents, guardians, and caregivers – welcome back to you as well. We value your partnership, caring, and many contributions to the health of our schools. Thank you!
To our educators, I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer, whether you were away or continued to work in our schools. We appreciate that you’ve been thinking all summer long about the coming schools, making plans, and resting up. The work you do to guide our young people is an invaluable service to the Berkeley community. Please know that you are valued and respected.
To our staff, who work in so many ways to support our classrooms, thank you and welcome back. Many of you worked all summer long, sometimes at the most intense pace of the year, to prepare for 2019-2020. This summer, you helped with renovations, cleaning, hiring, opening and closing budgets, and so much more. Thank you for these efforts – they make a real difference.
To our many supportive community partners, welcome back to you as well. BUSD is fortunate to have such a broad range of partners who care deeply about our young people.
This year also brings some new faces to our schools and central office. If you are new to Berkeley, like I am, welcome aboard. As I’ve learned, we’re joining a great team that is rightfully proud of its many accomplishments. Let’s add our energy to this wonderful community, where all are welcome and we see so many signs of commitment to equity and fairness.
My very best for a wonderful start to the 2019-2020 school year.
Brent Stephens, Ed.D.