Applications for AUSD Board of Education Now Available

Community members are encouraged to apply for a vacant seat on The Board of Education for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). The seat left vacant when Niel Tam passed away in late May, district leaders announced today.

Applications for the seat vacated by the late Niel Tam are available on the AUSD website and at the front desk of the district’s office at 2060 Challenger Drive. The deadline for submitting the applications is noon on July 1.

According to board policy, when a board seat becomes open, the remaining boardmembers can choose to fill that seat via appointment or special election. At its meeting on June 9, the board voted unanimously to fill Tam’s seat via appointment.

Residents of Alameda who are registered to vote and have no disqualifying criminal record are eligible to apply. A subcommittee of the Board of Education will review the applications to make sure applicants meet these minimum legal qualifications and then interview the applicants, in public, at a special board meeting on Wednesday, July 22. 

Completed applications should be returned to: Office of the General Counsel, Attention: Magdalene Tatum, 2060 Challenger Drive, Alameda, CA, 94501 or

Questions about the application and selection process should be directed to Chad Pimentel, AUSD General Counsel, at 337-7188.