PTA Board Elections

Join Us March 21 at 7:00 PM

Nominations for the 2024-25 School Year:

For the 2024-25 school year the only positions we're required to fill are President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Along with the required nominations, we're pleased to also introduce nominees for Auditor, Vice President, and Membership. Before we begin, we'd like to make a call for anyone present who is a current PTA member to voice any additional nominees. View all board descriptions.

Lauren Higley: President

Statement: I am a Kindergarten teacher here at Fairmont. I have been a part of the Fairmont community for the last 3 years and first joined the PTA as a teacher liaison. My personal passions include bringing the arts and social emotional learning into the classroom. I look forward to helping our Fairmont community grow!

Constance McCarney: Treasurer

Statement: Constance McCarney has lived in the East Bay since 2012 after growing up and attending college on the East Coast. She has one child at Fairmont and another one ready to join the Fairmont student body in August. Constance is dedicated to public education, a value instilled in her by the public school teachers closest to her: her mother (a reading teacher) and aunt (a math teacher). She has spent her professional career in higher education focused on improving operational systems and information resources because she is most satisfied when people spend their valuable effort on things that move us forward.

Saidah Said: Membership

Statement: Saidah Said is a 3rd-grade teacher at Fairmont. She has a professional background in documentary filmmaking and conference production. A native of the city-state of Singapore, Saidah embraced the San Francisco Bay Area when she moved to Berkeley for graduate school some two decades ago. Recognizing the critical role parents play in education, she got started as a volunteer in her eldest son’s kindergarten classroom in 2005. Saidah has served as communications officer, treasurer, and president on both the Fairmont and Korematsu PTA boards. With eyes wide open, Saidah committed to teaching in 2017 and is loving almost every minute of it. She is blissfully married with three sons - now 14, 20, and 23 years old - who all went through Fairmont Elementary. 

Jolie Leibof Goodman: Volunteer Coordinator

Statement: I am a mom of 2; Ani (kindergarten at Fairmont) and Arlo (a Kiwi at Nomura preschool). Our experience at Fairmont thus far has been wonderful and I am excited to help build community at the school and to meet other families.  This will be my first year on the PTA Board and I am excited about the opportunities to come! 

Steven Leibof: Financial Reviewer (formerly known as Auditor)

Statement: I am the dad of two amazing little ones, Ani (Kindergarten) and Arlo (preschool). I am a Bay Area native and have lived all around the Bay Area and in El Cerrito for the past 6 years. I am very passionate about public service and currently work for East Bay Municipal Utilities District (sorry I can’t give you discounts on water rates) in the Treasury Department where I do the District’s banking, investments and work on the retirement system.  I am looking forward to being able to contribute to the Fairmont community.

Janis Chun, she/her: Vice President

Statement: Janis has two kids, a 2nd grader and 3-year-old. Originally from Hawaii, she was part of a military family that took her on all kinds of adventures growing up. She moved to the Bay Area for college and never wants to leave. For the past 2 years, she has served as the PTA's Co-Volunteer Chair helping to organize school events and fundraisers. She's passionate about keeping families informed, connected, and involved!

Kelly Gould, she/her: Secretary

Statement: Kelly has been on the PTA Board for five years, first serving as the Vice President, PTA President, and now Co-Volunteer Coordinator along with Janis Chung. She has a 5th grade son at Fairmont Elementary and a 7th grade daughter at Korematsu. Building community while centering equity for our families has always been a goal for Kelly and is a central goal for Fairmont's PTA—and we need your voice to help make that happen!

Election Process

The current president conducts the election at the annual meeting after the: 

The opportunity to nominate candidates from the floor must be provided to members. If the PTA is incorporated, nomination by petition is also required.

The election is conducted by: 

A majority vote elects. Candidates must receive fifty percent plus one vote to be elected. With few exceptions, a challenge to election procedures or outcome must occur at the election meeting. An election must be declared “null and void” whenever it is discovered the individual elected did not meet the qualifications for office as stated in the bylaws. For example, an individual who has already served two consecutive terms in the same position IS NOT QUALIFIED for election to an additional term in the same position. For assistance contact the district PTA, and refer to the California State PTA Toolkit.

Bylaws: President reads in absence of the Parliamentarian

SECTION 1. Each Officer or board member of this Association shall be a member of this Association. 

SECTION 2. The Officers of this Association shall be a president, executive vice president, _______________ (_____) vice presidents, recording secretary, corresponding secretary, treasurer, financial secretary, auditor, historian and parliamentarian. These Officers shall be elected annually with the exception of the corresponding secretary and the parliamentarian, who shall be appointed by the president subject to the ratification of the executive board. 

***SECTION 4. ***a. Nominations for office shall be made by a nominating committee which shall be elected by the Association. e. The report of the nominating committee shall be submitted to the membership at least twentyeight (28) days prior to the annual election meeting. At the annual election meeting, additional nominations must be called for from the floor. 

***SECTION 5. a. The privilege of holding office shall be limited to members of the Association whose dues are paid and who have been members of the Association for at least thirty (30) days previous to nomination. 

b. Individuals who are current members in any PTA or PTSA school in good standing must pay dues to this Association upon nomination to office in order to qualify as members at the time of election. 

SECTION 6. ***a. Only those persons who are eligible and who have signified their consent to serve if elected shall be nominated for or elected to office. 

***b. Nominees for the offices of president, treasurer, financial secretary, auditor, or any elected Officer authorized to sign checks shall not be related by blood or marriage or reside in the same household.

SECTION 7. Election shall be held by ballot at the annual election meeting in May. If there is but one nominee for any office, the ballot for that office may be dispensed with and the election held by voice vote. 

SECTION 8.  a. No Officer shall be eligible to the same office for more than two (2) consecutive terms or hold more than one (1) elected or appointed office. 

b. Officers shall assume their duties on July 1, 2022. 

d. No Officer shall serve past the start of the next term unless elected to serve in that term. A person who has served in an office for more than six (6) months of a full term shall be deemed to have served a full term in such office.

SECTION 11. If an office remains unfilled after election, it shall be considered a vacant office to be filled by the board