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Board of Education

President: Rachel Kertz
Current Term: 2013 - 2017

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Rachel Kertz joined the Board in 2013.  She was elected by her fellow trustees to serve as Vice President for 2014 and President in 2015. 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 10 years and is a 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 student 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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Vice President: Greg Knell
Current Term: 2015 - 2019

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Greg 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, and a fourth term in November 2015, again unopposed. Greg served as Vice President in 2014 and was became Vice President in 2015.

Greg 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. 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.

Greg has two daughters who went through San Rafael City Schools K-12. His youngest daughter, Tiya, (TLHS Class of 2005) graduated with a Bachelor of Illustration from Academy of Art University. She then obtained her teaching credential from Cal State East Bay and is now a full-time Art Teacher at Mt. Eden High School in Hayward, CA. The oldest, Jahmila, (SRHS Class of 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: Linda M. Jackson
Current Term: 2015 - 2019

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Linda 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 and again in the November 2015 election.

She 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. Linda was Board President in 2010 and 2011.

Linda is vice-president of the San Rafael Public Library Foundation, and a former board member of 10,000 Degrees where she has volunteered for over 10 years as a mentor to help first generation students get into college. She and her husband have three children who attended San Pedro and Coleman elementary schools, Davidson Middle School and San Rafael High School. 

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: Maika Llorens Gulati
Current Term: 2015 - 2019

IMG_0010.JPGMaika Llorens Gulati was selected as the provisional trustee in March 2015 to fill Paul M. Cohen’s Board seat for the remainder of his term, which expired in November 2015. She was elected to a four-year term in November 2015, running unopposed. 

Maika’s work experience includes over 18 years of marketing and communications for Fortune 500, midsize and entrepreneurial companies in both the technology and service sectors. She became involved with SRCS community when in 2009, during a sabbatical year, she volunteered as the fundraising chair for the Sun Valley Elementary School PTO. In 2010, she was hired as the executive director for HeadsUp. She also is a Board member for SchoolsRule, a member of Main Promise, Voces de Marin planning committee and a member of the San Rafael Chamber Education Committee. Previously, she was a Board member for the San Rafael Downtown Improvement District, the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and part of the committee for Measures A & B campaign in 2013. She also served as a member of the Purchasing and Recycling Team for the City of San Rafael Green Ribbon initiative.

Maika received her B.S. in Marketing and Business Administration from ESIC in Madrid, Spain and she is fluent in Spanish and English.
Maika and her husband Ashwin Gulati have resided in San Rafael for more than 16 years. They have two children, Kiara, a student at San Rafael High School, and Marcos, a student at Davidson Middle School.  
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Board Member: Natu Tuatagaloa
Current Term: 2013 - 2017


Natu Tuatagaloa was elected to the Board in November 2001. Natu has served as Board President five 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 and then graduated from San Rafael High School.

Natu was elected by his fellow trustees to serve as Vice-President for 2013. In December 2013 and again in December 2014, he was elected to serve as President for the 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, who received her B.A. at Gonzaga University and an M.B.A. in Global Sustainable Management at Dominican University. Malia and McKenna attend San Rafael High School. Natu’s wife, Judy Tuatagaloa, a fourth generation San Rafael native, is a HeadsUp Foundation Board Member and a substitute teacher for San Rafael City Schools. They reside in Central San Rafael.
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Board Meeting Dates & Agendas

CLICK HERE for Board meeting dates, agendas and minutes.

About The Board


San 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. 

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

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. The Board of Education views Board service as a voluntary contribution to the community and per city charter receives no compensation. Click here for the SRCS Board Policy on remuneration, reimbursement and other benefits. 

Election Procedures
Per Education Code, any person is eligible to be a member of the Board of Education, without further qualifications, if he/she is 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the state, a resident of the school district, a registered voter, and not legally disqualified from holding civil office. Click here for the SRCS Board Policy on Board of Education elections. 

Please note that specific election deadlines and other election-related procedures are set by the County of Marin's Elections Department. SRCS will share the information related to Board of Education elections from the County's Elections Department on the SRCS website as it becomes available.  

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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2015-16 POLICY/REGULATION/EXHIBIT REVISIONS/ADOPTIONS (not yet posted in our Online Manual)

3260 Fees and Charges     BP     AR
3554 Other Food Sales     AR
5141.25 Availability of Condoms     BP
5142.2 Safe Routes to Schools     BP
5144 Student Discipline        AR      
6162.51 State Academic Achievement Tests    BP    AR

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