BERKELEY -- The school district on Thursday released the names of 10 residents who applied for an appointment to a board seat vacated March 31 by President Leah Wilson.

Wilson, who took a job with the Alameda County Superior Court, said she had to resign because her new job could conflict with her duties on the board.

The four remaining school board members will pick one of the 10 applicants by May 8, and the term will run through Nov. 30, 2014. The board considered a special election, but with costs projected between $300,000 and $750,000, that idea was scrapped.

In alphabetical order the applicants are:

  • Ty Alper, a law professor at UC Berkeley School of Law, who also represents death penalty clients;

  • Peter Bloomsburgh, a math, geometry and algebra teacher at Berkeley High School;

  • Michael Bolgatz, a lawyer in his own firm who specializes in commercial transactions, civil litigation and contracts;

  • Meleah Hall, a special education teacher in West Contra Costa Unified School District working at the Transition Program in Richmond and an educational consultant;

  • Spencer Klein, a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory;

  • Dan Lindheim, a former city administrator for the city of Oakland who left the position in March 2011;

  • Rao Satish, a computer science professor at UC Berkeley;


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  • Margit Roos-Collins, a member of the Berkeley High School Site Council and a former member of the Berkeley High School Safety Committee;

  • Julie Sinai, director of local government and community relations at UC Berkeley and the former chief of staff to Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates;

  • Mark Zoidis, an independent financial adviser.

    After reviewing the applications, the board will make available a list of finalists at its April 24 meeting, where it will further whittle down the candidates with a vote on who proceeds to the next stage.

    At a May 1 meeting, each finalist will be allowed a three-minute presentation to the board. The board will make its final choice at that meeting or the following meeting on May 8.

    Doug Oakley covers Berkeley. Contact him at 510-843-1408. Follow him at Twitter.com/douglasoakley.