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Hayward School District welcomes two new trustees
Posted 12/19/18

Two new board members were sworn in at the Wednesday, December 12 school board meeting of the Hayward Unified School District. Dr. April Oquenda and Mr. Ken Rawdon joined the board after being elected by Hayward voters in November 2018. Departing trustees, Mrs. Lisa Brunner and Mr. William McGee, have both served on the board since 2010.

Dr. Oquenda has taught in the California State University system for nine years and received her Ph.D. in English from Claremont Graduate University. She brings to the board her experience as a volunteer at one of the district’s elementary schools and a small business owner, while maintaining her teaching position at CSU Stanislaus.

Mr. Ken Rawdon was director of choral music at Mt. Eden High School for 29 years. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from CSU Fresno. Throughout his career in education, Mr. Rawdon has taught at the elementary and secondary levels.

Mrs. Lisa Brunner leaves the board after serving as a trustee for eight years. While on the board, she served as board president and board clerk. Speakers at Wednesday’s meeting praised Mrs. Brunner for her commitment to students and for her presence at events across the district.  Mr. McGee was instrumental in bringing the Million Father March to HUSD. The program, now a tradition in the district, encourages fathers to accompany their kids on the first day of school as a way of highlighting the importance of family engagement year-round. As a current principal in a neighboring district, he brought an important perspective to the board’s discussions on policies and procedures during his two terms.

As part of the first order of business, the new governance team elected Dr. Robert Carlson to serve as president, Dr. Annette Walker to serve as vice president, and Mr. Ken Rawdon for board clerk. “Our district has experienced significant improvement under the leadership of Mr. McGee and Mrs. Brunner, and their commitment to our community will be greatly missed,” stated Superintendent Matt Wayne. “We look forward to building on our success with the new governance team and serving our Made in Hayward students and families.”

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