Meet Enikia Ford Morthel: Berkeley’s New Superintendent
The district’s superintendent of three years, Brent Stephens, announced he was leaving Berkeley Unified School District this spring. Since then, the search for a successor led to one finalist, Enikia Ford Morthel, the deputy superintendent of instruction in the San Francisco school district.
Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang Discusses AAPI Representation
“Back when I was a kid … I loved all of the Marvel superheroes except for one,” said award-winning cartoonist Gene Luen Yang. “I did not like Shang-Chi at all.” As a child, the character of Shang-Chi made Yang feel uncomfortable.
Staff Appreciation Week Exposes Dissatisfaction of Teachers
From May 2 to May 6, Berkeley High School celebrated Staff Appreciation Week by holding a raffle for the staff of approximately 320. By the end of the week, the school was able to hand out 223 prizes, with four of them being, “grand prizes”.
School Board Covers Teacher’s Wages, BSEP Budget
On Wednesday, May 4, Berkeley Unified School District’s School Board met to discuss growing class sizes, wages among teachers, and the Berkeley Schools Excellence Program’s budget. After acknowledging Asian American and Pacific Islander History Month, the board opened up the microphone for public comment, with nine members of the webinar sharing their thoughts.
Members of BHS Mountain Bike Team Robbed at Gunpoint
On Saturday April 16, several members of the Berkeley High School Mountain Bike Team were robbed at gunpoint in North Berkeley. The group consisted of three coaches and two student-athletes who were returning from a practice in Napa in their minivan loaded with bicycles and other expensive equipment.
School Board Discusses Budget and Virtual Academy
Berkeley Unified School District community members gathered on Wednesday, April 13 for a school board meeting. Topics of discussion ranged from the plan to close BUSD’s virtual academy, an online school option for BUSD students, to a presentation on takeaways from a community survey on budget priorities.