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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Orinda Union School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Sarah Genn Butler

Orinda Union School District Governing Board Member
4,769 votes (28.92%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Providing an exceptional educational environment and a supportive and safe school climate for all students
  • Improving communication, transparency, and collaboration among all stakeholders; parents, students, staff, and the community.
  • Monitoring our budget process for fiscal stability and accountability, and to attract and retain quality staff, while ensuring long-term financial health.



Profession:Governing Board Member, Orinda Union School District, and Property Manager
Governing Board Member,, Orinda Union School District — Elected position (2012–current)


University of California, Davis Bachelors of Science (B.S.), Environmental Planning and Management,, Landscape Architecture (current)

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • California School Employees Association, Orinda Chapter
  • Orinda Education Association

Elected Officials (2)

  • Joan Buchanan, former Assembly Member, District 16
  • Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Candidate Statement


My Candidate Statement includes my 3 top priorities, my relevant experience on the school board and previously, and my education and professional experience. (Also printed in the Voter Information Guide from the CCC Registrar of Voters.)

Candidate Statement:

Sarah Genn Butler

Governing Board Member, Orinda Union School District


I am proud to have served the past four years on the Governing Board of the Orinda Union School District. During that time, I have listened and collaborated with all stakeholders to ensure that we provide an exceptional education to ALL students in our Orinda schools.

During my tenure, all our schools have been recognized for educational excellence,  receiving CA Distinguished Schools Awards, 2014-2016.

We have accomplished many facilities and technology infrastructure upgrades this year. With our new Superintendent in place, it's an exciting time in our district!

I am seeking re-election to continue my work on the following priorities:  

      1. Providing an exceptional educational environment and school climate for all students, teachers, and staff.

      2.  Improving communication, transparency, and collaboration among all stakeholders;  parents, teachers, students, administrators, and community

      3. Monitoring our budget process, for fiscal stability and accountability, and to be able to attract and retain quality staff, while ensuring the long-term financial health of the district.

Background:   I have served in many leadership roles including currently: Contra Costa County School Boards Association 2nd VP of Legislation, and the Orinda Board rep to the Las Trampas Creek Council Legislative Team, and previously:  Parents Club Board Member, School Site Council Member at Glorietta, OIS, and Miramonte, Legislative Representative, and Education Foundation of Orinda, Board Member.

Education:  UC Davis, B.S. Environmental Planning  

Professional experience: Environmental Consulting, and Property Management

My experience, proven leadership, dedication and collaborative approach will ensure the continued success of our schools, which contributes to a strong community and maintains our property values.

I would appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve you on the Orinda Governing Board, and respectfully ask for your Vote.

Sarah Butler

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