The Williams Unified School District Board of Trustees has seated Alejandra Lopez to fill the vacancy left by the recent resignation of Maryah Stoots.
While Lopez was the only eligible applicant for the open position, school board members said they were excited for her to join the team.
“I think she understands the background our students and challenges that students face,” said Trustee Yareli Mora. “I think it is a great perspective to have. It will help us move our students in the direction that we want.”
Lopez is the Prevention Services Coordinator at the Colusa County Office of Education, and works with local school districts to support the educational needs of foster and homeless students. Lopez has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Social Work from the University of California, at Berkley, and serves on the Foster Youth Executive Advisory Committee.
Lopez, who was appointed on Dec. 9, and sworn in on Friday, said she is looking forward to her tenure on the school board.
“I want to serve on the board because I want to take process in advocating for every child in Williams to have access to an equitable and high-quality education,” Lopez said. “I also want to ensure that every parent feels comfortable and equipped to advocate for their child’s needs.”
Lopez said she shares the school district’s goal to ensure graduating seniors are career or college ready, and that all are equipped with access to the internet and high-quality technology.
She said she would also like students to receive more grief counseling and support, when needed, to deal with tragedies (accidental death, murder, domestic abuse, etc.) that affect the community and put a strain on school resources. ■