New Leader of District Facilities Timothy White has joined the Berkeley Unified School District as Executive Director of Facilities at a crucial time, with growing public school enrollment and school capacity challenges. He hit the ground running in April 2015, and is already working to develop a master plan for the development of district facilities that will be driven by a set of educational standards. Director White works closely with the Superintendent, Construction Bond Oversight Committee, and School Board to determine long-term planning for the expenditure of facility construction bonds approved by Berkeley voters. He is also responsible for the expenditure of the district’s school maintenance tax ($5 million annually) used to keep schools safe and well-maintained.
“In my first six months, I intend to visit every school, get inside every classroom, and assess the strengths and challenges of each physical plant. I want to work with each school community to understand how we can support learning, and to use this information to establish a set of district-wide expectations and standards so that future construction projects are driven by the educational program we want for our students.”