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Board of Education

Board President

Natu Tuatagaloa.JPGNatu 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, graduating 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 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 Junior at San Rafael High School and McKenna is an 8th grader and Student Body President at Davidson Middle School. Natu’s wife, Judy Tuatagaloa, a fourth generation San Rafael native, is a 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

Rachel Kertz.JPGRachel Kertz joined the SRCS School Board in December 2013.  She was elected by her fellow trustees to serve as Vice President for 2014. 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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Board Member
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. Greg served as Vice President beginning in 2014.
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

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 vice-president of the San Rafael Public Library Foundation, and a former 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 who attended San Pedro and Coleman elementary schools, Davidson Middle School and San Rafael High. 

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 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




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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2014-15- POLICY/REGULATION/EXHIBIT REVISIONS/ADOPTIONS (not yet posted in our Online Manual)

0460 Local Control and Accountability Plan     BP     AR
0460.1 Local Control and Accountability Plan     AR
1312.3 Uniform Complaint Procedures   BP     AR

3513.3 Tobacco Free Schools     AR
3541 Transportation Routes and Services     E
3541.1 Transportation for School Related Trips     AR
3555 Nutrition Program Compliance     BP       AR
5141.21  Administering Medication and Monitoring Health Conditions    AR
5144 Student Discipline        AR      
     (BP/AR 5144.1 Suspensions and Expulsions and  5144.2 AR Suspensions and Expulsions - Students with Disabilities have been deleted and incorporated
  into the revision of BP/AR 5144 above)
6143 Courses of Study     BP     AR
6162.51 State Academic Achievement Tests    BP    AR
9150 BP - Student Board Members     BB
     (9150 Exhibit has been deleted and incorporated into the Board Bylaw revision above)

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