January is time to acknowledge the school board and its role in supporting student achievement
“Board members are our elected representatives and a vital link between the school district and the community,” said Dr. PK Diffenbaugh, Superintendent, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. “The board sets the foundation and vision for the district, directs resources where they are most needed, and ensures accountability to the community by monitoring progress toward goals to support and elevate student achievement.”
During this challenging year, the MPUSD Board of Trustees has worked to close the digital divide, bring all instruction online, provide food services for children even when they were not in school, direct resources to students most in need, provide social-emotional support, and so much more.
“It is an extreme honor to represent students, families and our community at large on the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Board of Education,” said Dr. Amanda Whitmire, Board Present, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Board of Education. “Our children deserve the very best, and it is our duty as elected officials to advocate and serve as their voice to ensure they have access to a world-class education.”
The MPUSD school board members are:
- Dr. Amanda Whitmire, President
- Mr. Jeff Uchida, Vice-President
- Ms. Jessica Hare
- Mr. Tom W. Jennings
- Ms. Alana Myles
- Ms. Veronica Miramontes
- Dr. Bettye Lusk
“We ask the community to join us in saluting our hard-working school board members for their support of our students through effective policies and for their continuing advocacy for more resources at the state level,” said Diffenbaugh.
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About Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is home to approximately 9,600 students in grades transitional kindergarten through 12th grade. The district also houses preschool and adult education. The district is built on a solid foundation of effective instruction, positive school culture, systems of support, and collaborative leadership. The district is nestled along the Monterey Bay, and stretches from the city of Marina to the north to the city of Monterey to the south, and encompasses the communities of Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Sand City and Seaside.