October 2023 General Meeting – SRVUSD School Board

Third Thursday Member Meeting

Protecting Quality Education in the
San Ramon Valley Unified School District

Thursday, October 19, 2023, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Danville Congregational Church
989 San Ramon Valley Blvd, Danville

Our Third Thursday Member Meeting on October 19th was a rousing success! We had a wonderful turnout, with 60 people attending, including many members that we welcomed from our sister branch, San Ramon AAUW. All enjoyed the creative and fun snacks provided by Nancy Dowell, Debbie Hammond, and their Hospitality committee. It was a great way to inaugurate our new meeting venue.

The meeting’s program featured a panel moderated by our Public Policy Chair, Laurinda Ochoa. The panel focused on the current experience of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) regarding the issue of honest and inclusive education. They provided context to enrich our understanding and action, including: California education code regarding parental rights and the Board of Education duty to educate; the local PTA’s goals, role, and perspective; the student perspective; and our branch’s historic involvement in advocating for quality public education in SRVUSD.

The panelists were:

    • Shelley Clark, SRVUSD Board Trustee, Area 2
    • Ravneet Julka, parent of four and attorney
    • Lisa Gross, President of 32nd District PTA
    • Anya Ayyappan, SRVUSD Student Board member
    • Leslie Vilhauer, retired teacher, DAW branch member and Past President, DAW AAUW

The program was very inspiring and generated positive energy in the attendees. A big thanks to Laurinda Ochoa for leading our first program of the 2023-2024 year!