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SRCS Announces Open Seat on Board of Education

Provisional Appointment Process in Place to Fill Seat

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Click here to view the application in English. The deadline to submit is Thursday, Feb. 26 at 4:30 p.m.

San Rafael City Schools has announced that Paul M. Cohen has resigned his position as a trustee of the Board of Education for personal and professional reasons, effective January 27, 2015.  At its Feb. 9 meeting, the Board approved a provisional appointment process to fill the position. The Board will interview interested applicants and appoint a new trustee for the open seat within 60 days of receipt of the letter of resignation by the Marin County Office of Education. The individual appointed will finish Cohen’s term, which expires in November 2015.

Interested persons who live within the boundaries of the areas served by the San Rafael City Schools (elementary and high school districts) and who are registered voters are eligible to apply for the one existing vacancy. Applications will be available to qualified applicants at the Superintendent’s Office at 310 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael at 9 a.m. and online at www.srcs.org on Thursday, February 12, 2015.

Applications must be received by the Office of the Superintendent no later than 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015. Applications can be mailed or hand delivered to Michael Watenpaugh, Ed.D., Superintendent, 310 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. Applications can also be submitted electronically to superintendent@srcs.org. Submitted applications, including all attachments, are public record and may be available to the public on the SRCS website.

At a special open session Board meeting scheduled for Monday, March 2, 2015 at 4 p.m., the four current trustees will interview candidates who submit completed applications. At the close of interviews, the trustees will deliberate and select the successful candidate. Inquiries from qualified citizens can be made by calling 415-492-3233 or emailing superintendent@srcs.org. Important dates are summarized in the table below.

San Rafael City Schools Board of Education
Provisional Appointment Process
Applications Available Thursday, February 12, 2015, 9 a.m. Application available at 310 Nova Albion Way and online at www.srcs.org
Application Deadline Thursday, February 26, 2015, 4:30 p.m. Application submitted to 310 Nova Albion Way
Special Board Meeting for Interviews  Monday, March 2, 2015, 4 p.m. Interviews will take place at 310 Nova Albion Way


Cohen served on the SRCS Board of Education for more than seven years. In his letter of resignation, he shared that he made his decision after careful consideration for personal and professional reasons, not out of any disagreement with or lack of support for the current Board and Superintendent. He also commented that as a member of the San Rafael community, he would continue to advocate for and support the District's efforts to lift student achievement for every student, every day. During his tenure with the SRCS Board, Cohen served as the Board President twice and the Vice President twice. He previously served for 16 years on the San Rafael City Council. He is a parent of two San Rafael students who have graduated. 

On behalf of the community, the Board of Education and Superintendent Watenpaugh thank and acknowledge Cohen for his significant contributions to SRCS, his leadership as Board President through difficult fiscal situations during the state budget crisis and for going above and beyond in his public service of almost 24 years to the San Rafael community.