BUSD Director Vacancy Applications

In March, 2013, Leah Wilson resigned her seat on the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) Board of Directors. On March 27, 2013, the remaining Board members guided by BUSD staff developed a process to fill the vacancy. Details of the process are available on the District website. In accordance with this process, the applications for the Directors appointment were submitted by April 15 and made available to the public on April 19, though BUSD was not making them available online.

The application included nine questions develope and approved by the remaining Board members:

  1. Why do you want to be a School Board Director?
  2. What strengths woudl you bring to the School Board?
  3. What are your three top priorities for Berkeley public schools?
  4. How would you work with your fellow Board members and Superintendent to address these priorities?
  5. How does your experience and knowledge lend itself to promoting the District goals of addressing the opportunity gap and the 2020 vision?
  6. What are the greatest assets and strengths of BUSD?
  7. What do you see as your primary role and responsibilities as a School Board Director?
  8. How does an effective School Board ensure opportunities for families and community members to express a diverse range of views to inform Board deliberations on important policy issues?
  9. What has been your involvement with public schools and / or in the community?

The table below lists the 10 applicants with some basic information, where available. The webpage for each applicant includes their response to question 9 with a PDF link of the full application of each submitted; one application, that for Michael Bolgatz, was not provided.

Title Berkeley History Current Employment Application
Dan Lindheim Since 1950; continuously since 1989 City of Oakland (City Administrator/Manager) PDF icon Director Application for Dan Lindheim
Julie Sinai Approx. 24 years UC Berkeley (Director of Local Government and Community Relations) PDF icon Director Application for Julie Sinai
Margit Roos-Collins 21 years PDF icon Director Application for Margit Roos-Collins
Mark J Zoidis 6 Years Self (Independent Financial Advisor) PDF icon Director Application for Mark J. Zoidis
Meleah N. Hall 1 year 7 months PDF icon Director Application for Meleah N. Hall
Michael G. Bolgatz n/a Law Offices of Michael Bolgatz (Attorney)
Peter Morgan Bloomsburgh Since Spring 1985 BUSD (Teacher, BHS) PDF icon Peter M. Bloomsburgh
Satish Rao 14 years UC Berkeley (Professor) PDF icon Director Application for Satish Rao
Spencer R. Klein 19 years Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Senior Scientist) PDF icon Director Application for Spencer R. Klein
Ty Alper 21 years (1979-1991; 2004 - present UC Berkeley (Clinical Professor of Law) PDF icon Director Application for Ty Alper