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New Board Trustee Appointed!

The Board of Education of the Cupertino Union School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Sylvia Leong as their newest School Board Trustee. The appointment was made on Thursday, January 31, 2019, to fill the Board seat vacated by Trustee Liang Fang Chao. Trustee Liang Chao, who vacated her seat on December 6, 2018, filed her resignation as a CUSD Board Member with the Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools when she assumed office on the City Council in Cupertino, California. 

On Thursday, December 13, 2018, the Cupertino Union School District Board voted unanimously to fill the Trustee vacancy by Board appointment.  Beginning Monday, December 17, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. and ending on January 14, 2019, at 5:00 p.m., the Board accepted, from the community, applications to fill the Board vacancy. Fourteen individuals applied for the position. The District is grateful to each candidate who applied for their willingness to serve and support for our District.

An appointed subcommittee of the Board of Education screened all candidate applications and selected finalists to be considered, based on criteria established by the CUSD Board of Education. These selected applicant packets were reviewed by all School Board members. Following Board discussion on January 24, 2019, six candidates were invited to be part of the interview process at the Board Advance held on Thursday, January 31, 2019.

During the deliberation, the Board reviewed candidate packets and responses to interview questions aligned to the criteria the Board agreed upon. Board members took turns naming the person(s) they chose as their top candidate(s) for the appointment. Every Board member unanimously agreed that Sylvia Leong was the best person for this two-year appointment.

After reflecting upon public comment and deliberating in open session, Lori Cunningham made a motion to appoint Sylvia Leong, which was seconded by Jerry Liu. The appointment was voted on and approved unanimously.

Sylvia Leong Resolution 18-19-08

“On behalf of the CUSD Board of Trustees, we are pleased to have Sylvia Leong as our newest Trustee. We are looking forward to working together in providing exemplary learning conditions for all of our students,” commented School Board President Phyllis Vogel.

“Unless a petition calling for a special election pursuant to Education Code 5091, containing a sufficient number of signatures, is in the office of the County Superintendent of Schools within 30 days of the date of the provisional appointment, it shall become an effective appointment.”

Sylvia Leong will serve the remaining two years of Chao’s term of office.

Leslie A. Mains
Cupertino Union School District
Chief Information and Community Engagement Officer
408.252.3000 x61145