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Board President

Natu Tuatagaloa.JPGNatu Tuatagaloa was elected to the Board in November 2001. Natu has served as Board President four times during his tenure on the Board. He is a San Rafael native who attended Glenwood Pre-School, San Pedro Elementary School, Santa Venetia Middle School, graduating from San Rafael High School.

Mr. Tuatagaloa was elected by his fellow trustees to serve as Vice-President for 2013. In December 2013, he was elected to serve as President for the next year.

Natu is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. While at Cal, Natu played defensive line for the Bears and was voted Captain of the 1988 squad by his teammates. After graduating from Cal, Natu played six years in the National Football League as defensive lineman for the Cincinnati Bengals, Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, and Houston Oilers.

Natu is currently a Principal of a Design/Build firm which specializes in full-service engineering, electrical, telecommunications and commercial solar. Natu has three children: Tianna, a graduate of San Rafael High School, received her B.A. at Gonzaga University and an M.B.A. in Global Sustainable Management at Dominican University. Malia is a Sophomore at San Rafael High School and McKenna is in 7th grade at Davidson Middle School. Natu’s wife, Judy Tuatagaloa, a fourth generation San Rafael native, is the Davidson Middle School Co-PTA President, Heads UP Foundation Board Member and a substitute teacher for San Rafael City Schools. Natu Tuatagaloa resides in Central San Rafael.

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Vice President

 

Greg Knell.JPGGreg Knell was first elected to the board in 2003. He won re-election to his second term in 2007 by a wide margin, and was elected to a third term in November 2011, running unopposed.. His current term ends in December 2015. Mr. Knell will serve as Vice President beginning December 2013.
He is a Graphics Manager at InnerWorkings West Coast headquarters in San Rafael, handling commercial print, point-of-purchase, and promotional products. A fourth generation San Rafael businessman, he qualified for membership in the Marin Generations Club, sponsored by the Marin Historical Society. He is an active participant in community affairs, co-founding and serving as President and Vice-President of the Santa Margarita Neighborhood Association in Terra Linda, San Rafael’s largest homeowner / neighborhood organization. He has been a member of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce since 1983, serving on the Education, Business Development and several other committees. This year Greg was awarded the Chamber of Commerce Milestone Award for 30 years of continuous service to the Chamber of Commerce. A long-time member and past-president of the Mission San Rafael Rotary Club, he participates in both the academic and vocational scholarship programs. He has two daughters who went through San Rafael City Schools K-12. His youngest daughter , Tiya, (TL 2005) graduated with a Bachelor of Illustration from Academy of Art University and is completing her Teacher's Credential this spring at Cal State East Bay. The oldest, Jahmila, (SRHS 1999) received her Bachelor in Communication and Film from Tulsa University and is now a manager in Direct TV Technical Support Division.

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Board Member

Paul Cohen.JPGPaul M. Cohen was elected to the board in November 2007. He was elected to a second four year term in November 2011. His current four year term ends in December 2015.

Mr. Cohen served as the Board Vice-President in 2010 and 2011. He was elected by his fellow trustees to serve as President for 2012, and re-elected to serve as President for 2013.

Cohen previously served 16 years on the San Rafael City Council. Cohen is a parent of two San Rafael students who have graduated. He has served in several volunteer school government positions. He was an active participant in the development of the district's Roadmap to the Future five-year strategic plan.

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Board Member

 

Linda Jackson.JPGLinda M. Jackson, originally appointed to the board to fill a vacancy in February 2006, was elected to four years in November 2007 and was unopposed in the November 2011 election. Her current term concludes in December 2015.

Jackson serves as board liaison to the District English Learner Advisory Committee, the Enrollment/District Facilities Committee, the Superintendent's Parent Advisory Task Force and the Communications and CCSS Committee (as an alternate). In addition, she is on the Executive Committee of the Marin County School Boards Association as past president, and Marin's delegate to the Assembly of the California School Boards Association. Ms. Jackson was Board President in 2010 and 2011.

Jackson is a board member of 10,000 Degrees where she has volunteered for over ten years as a mentor to help first generation students get into college. She and her husband have three children, all San Rafael High graduates. Jackson works as a transportation planner for the Transportation Authority of Marin.

She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Wellesley College and completed her graduate work at the University of Texas in Austin, where she received an M.A. in Latin American studies and an M.S. in Community and Regional Planning. She served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador from 1979 to 1981.

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Board Member

 

Rachel Kertz.JPGRachel Kertz joined the SRCS School Board in December, 2013.  As a San Rafael resident since 1999, Rachel has been active in the community for many years and a strong education advocate. She was an active classroom volunteer in the Dixie School District and helped to facilitate many classroom technology-based projects. She joined the Board of Dixie Children’s Fund in May 2006 after serving on the Dixie Business Development Committee. Most recently, Rachel served on the Steering Committee for the successful passage of the Measures A & B  campaign to continue funding for local schools.

Rachel is equally active in the Marin Jewish Community. She has served on the Jewish Community Center board for the last 9 years and is currently the immediate past president. Rachel, and her family are very active at Rodef Sholom assisting with the Winter Shelter program.

Rachel received her B.A.  in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz and her MBA from San Francisco State University. She currently works full time at Autodesk as a Program/Project Manager in Operations.

Rachel and her husband Loren have two children: Ryan,  a student at Miller Creek Middle School  and Nathan, a freshman at Terra Linda High School. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys going to the Giants baseball games, cooking and taking her dog Shadow for a walk.

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Board Meeting Dates & Agendas

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About The Board

SR_SchBoard.jpgSan Rafael City Schools Board of Education consists of five members who are elected at-large by the entire San Rafael community to serve four-year terms. 

This five-member Board is the policy-making body that governs both the San Rafael Elementary School District and the San Rafael High School District. The Board is charged with providing a quality educational program for students in grades kindergarten through 12 in accordance with the California Constitution, the laws of the State, and adopted Board policies. 

Board members in San Rafael City Schools are not compensated for their public service.  Unlike other school district jurisdictions, elected trustees do not receive a monthly stipend or compensation for their term in office. 

Three student board members representing each of the three high schools (Madrone, San Rafael High School, Terra Linda High School) serve one year terms as student representatives.

Board Agendas and Minutes

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Board Policy Manual

SRCS Board Policies and Regulations can be viewed or printed from the Gamut Online website. 
Please be aware that policies are continuously being updated and there may be a timelag in posting updates.

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Fall 2013 - March 2014- POLICY/REGULATION/EXHIBIT REVISIONS/ADOPTIONS (not yet posted in our Online Manual)

1312.3 Uniform Complaint Procedures    AR
3555 Nutrition Program Compliance     BP       AR
5116.1 - Intradistrict Open Enrollment 
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5111.1 District Residency AR      E
5131.7 Weapons and Dangerous Instruments     BP     AR
6011 Academic Standards     BP
6174 Education for English Language Learners     BP     AR
6174 Parental Exception Waiver     E
9320 2014-2015 Master Board Meeting Calendar     E



ADMISSION AND TRANSFER POLICIES/REGULATIONS
BP / AR 5111 - Admission 
5111.1 District Residency  AR     E
5116.1 - Intradistrict Open Enrollment BP     AR
BP / AR 5117.1 - Interdistrict Attendance: High Schools/District of Choice 
AR 5117.2 - Interdistrict Attendance: Open Enrollment Act