With three seats open on the San Francisco Unified School District’s Board of Education, 12 people are hoping to fill one of those spots, including all three incumbents.
Sandra Lee Fewer, Rachel Norton and Jill Wynns are all hoping to serve another four years on the board that oversees the administrative and policy operations of The City’s 55,000-student public school district. The top three vote-getters will each serve four-year terms.
The deadline for candidates to file was Wednesday.
Whoever is elected will be working with new Superintendent Richard Carranza, who took over the reigns from Carlos Garcia, who retired in June. Carranza has said he will carry on Garcia’s mission, which included closing the achievement gap between minority students and their white and Asian counterparts, making learning accessible to all students, and encouraging assessment that ensures children are learning.
The district also recently reached an agreement with its teachers union, but elected commissioners could be required to have another meeting at the bargaining table if tax measures aimed at benefitting schools do not pass in November.
The SFUSD is expecting a $35 million budget deficit by the end of the school year. The school board is ultimately charged with approving a balanced budget. In year’s past, the district has received help from The City with rainy day funds, but that money is dwindling. During past budget crisis years, the school board has cut the school year, increased class sizes and required furlough days to bridge the gap.