Board of Education Welcomes Dr. Ardella Dailey

Dr. Ardella Dailey
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Board of Education Welcomes Dr. Ardella Dailey

At its Oct. 12 meeting, the Board of Education unanimously voted to appoint Dr. Ardella Dailey to fill the seat vacated by former Board President Mia Bonta, who resigned to serve in the California State Assembly. Dailey will fill this vacancy until the end of Bonta’s term in Nov. 2022.

The five-member Board of Education oversees the Alameda Unified School District. Its members are elected at large and serve four-year terms. The Board reviews and approves the district’s budget, authorizes expenditures, employs the Superintendent, and adopts a mission and policies within the limits of the State Education Code.

Dailey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at CalState East Bay. She has also worked as an elementary school principal, Superintendent of the Alameda Unified School District, and most recently as a Board of Education Trustee from 2016 to 2020. The majority of her 40-year career in public education has been in Alameda.

Seven people applied for the position. In addition to Dailey, the candidates were Stephanie Chenard, Katie de Vries, Marisa Johnson, Ryan LaLonde, Diane Lang, and Jen Nguyen. The four seated Board of Education members and three student Board Members interviewed each candidate.

Motioning for her appointment, Board Member Gary Lym noted that he had served with Dailey for the four years she was a Board of Education Trustee and shared her concern for equity and diversity.

Board Member Heather Little seconded the motion to appoint Dr. Dailey. She commended the caliber, quality, and dedication of all who applied but remarked, “Never in my wildest dreams did I think that Dr. Dailey would be willing to step back into this particular conversation at this time. She knows better than anybody what she’s signing up for.” She further added, “No one can hold a candle to (her).”

Board Members Little, Lym, Jennifer Williams, and Megan Sweet and Student Board Members William Lau, Brian Lim, and Henry Mills all voted to appoint Dr. Dailey in the final vote. Dr. Dailey says she will not seek re-election when her term ends in November 2022.