The San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees sets policy for the operation of the District and is responsible for the following general duties:
- Setting direction for the District
- Providing a basic organizational structure for the District by establishing policies
- Ensuring accountability
- Providing community leadership on behalf of the District and public education
To fulfill these basic responsibilities, the Board shall hire, evaluate and support the Superintendent so that the vision, goals and policies of the District can be implemented.
Mark Becker, Trustee, is an environmental consultant specializing in management of soil and groundwater cleanup projects and regulatory agency negotiations. He attended Humboldt State University and earned a B.S. degree in Soil Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He and his wife Laurie, have one son that attended BCE, SLVMS, SLVUSD Charter Homeschool, and will graduate from Coast Redwoods High School in 2017. His experience as an active parent in the district includes volunteer work in the classroom and theater, and serving on the BCE and SLVMS Site Councils, the Measure O Bond Oversight Committee, and as Treasurer of the Charter Family Boosters. Mark is an avid champion of public education and the wide range of programs and opportunities that our district provides its students. Term (Appointed) 2017-2018 Area 2 (5018A)
Laura Dolson, Board President, is a health writer, most recently focusing on issues related to diet and nutrition. She earned a B.S. in physical therapy at the University of Vermont, and an M.A. in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology – San Diego. She was an active volunteer in the SLVUSD, serving on many school and district committees, including the Parent Councils of Boulder Creek Homeschool and the Nature Academy Her daughter is a 2009 graduate of SLV High School. Term 2016-2020 Area 3 (5013A)
Gail Levine retired as Superintendent/Principal of Bonny Doon Elementary School District in 2009 following a 42-year career in public education. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from Hunter College, Bronx, NY, and a Master of Science in Health Education from Lehman College, Bronx, NY. Gail is passionate and works tirelessly to provide safe schools for all students. She serves on the Santa Cruz County Safe Schools Project working toward achieving this goal. Gail strongly believes in public schools. She feels with her knowledge of education and the extended relationships with families in SLV that she can be an asset to the District as a member of the Board of Trustees. She plans to work toward continued improvement of the quality of education given to SLV students. Gail has lived for 25 years with her life partner, Emily and their current dog Cocoa. They all enjoy frequent walks in Henry Cowell State Park. Gail’s daughter and grandsons live in New York. Term (Appointed) 2016-2018 Area 4 (5004)
For the past 30 years, Jacqui Rice has had the privilege of participating in a variety of groups that are beneficial for children of all ages. These include School Site Councils, School Parent Clubs, SLV Foundation for Education, Bond Oversight Committee, Local and County 4H, SV/SLV Soccer Club, School Sports, Gymkhana Clubs, Santa Cruz County Fair, County Science Fair, and County Office of Ed groups to name a few.
She attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and San Jose State, graduating with a BS in Biological Science/Chemistry minor from SJSU. Her four children are graduates of SLVUSD. Jacqui strongly supports diverse educational programs that address the learning strengths of all our students. The addition of extracurricular activities and clubs also help children connect with a smaller set of friends that share common interests. She believes children’s success is achieved with a combination of these activities, allowing them to gain confidence, perspective and develop resilience. Term 2016-2020, Area 5 (5027A)- Appointed August 2016
George Wylie, Board Clerk, a retired Naval Officer and former United Airlines 767 Captain. He and his wife Cathy have three sons – two SLV graduates who are away at college, and a third who is attending SLV High School. George is passionate about public education and has been a long-time volunteer for many school, classroom and district related activities. He earned his B.A. at the University of Washington in Seattle, and his M.S. at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. Term 2014-2018 Area 1 (5017B)
The Board typically meets on the first and the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings begin at 6:00pm. Please check the district calendar to confirm meeting dates and times. Board Meetings are held in the Multi-Use Room at the District Office on the Quail Hollow campus, 325 Marion Avenue, Ben Lomond. See the Board Agendas and Minutes for more details.
The Board wants to hear your sentiments, questions and comments relating to the operation of the school and the education of our youth.
Members of the audience may address the Board on matters of general interest or on specific agenda items. Those wishing to address the Board are requested to fill out a card with your name, town (city), and topic you wish to speak to. Those wishing to address specific items on the agenda may do so at the time the Board President calls for Public Comment during the second Community Participation. Those wishing to address items not on the agenda should do so during the first Community Participation. Cards should be turned in to the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent prior to the start of the Board Meeting.
When you bring a question or concern to the Board, it may not be possible to receive an immediate reply. Some matters will be referred to administration for investigation and could be rescheduled for a future Board meeting if policy action is needed. If this is the case, you will be notified of the meeting date. By law, the Board may not take action on an item not on the agenda.