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    Lakeport Unified School District
    2508 Howard Avenue
    Lakeport, CA 95453

    Dan Buffalo, President:

    Phil Kirby, Clerk:

    Carly Alvord, Member:

    Jen Hanson, Member:

    Jeannie Markham, Member:

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    School Board Self-Evaluation



    Upcoming Meeting Dates 

    Special Board Meeting

    6:30 p.m., November 20, 2020


    Marge Alakszay Center (MAC)

    250 Lange Street

    Lakeport, CA 95453


    The physical meeting will take place in the Marge Alakszay Center (MAC) 250 Lange Street, Lakeport, CA with seating arranged to ensure requirements of social distancing.  Masks must be worn at all times.

    Members of the public can also participate in the public session of the meeting via Zoom: 


    In order to comply with state mandated social distancing requirements, the capacity of the Marge Alakszay Center (MAC) is limited to 80 members of the public. Once this capacity is met, no additional persons will be allowed into the meeting. People denied entrance to the meeting due to the meeting reaching capacity attendance must attend the meeting via Zoom. If the meeting capacity is exceeded, the Governing Board has the authority pursuant to Government Code section 54957.9 to order the meeting room cleared except for representatives of the press or other news media in order to protect the safety of meeting participants and proceed with an orderly meeting.



    To view the agenda for the November 20th meeting, click on the link below.

    The agenda for the special board meeting will be posted on Thursday, November 19th on Board Docs




    Archived Board Meeting Agendas

    Our Mission

    Provide high quality educational opportunities

    Challenge all individuals to achieve excellence

    Prepare students to participate in a technological world

    Foster understanding and respect for the diversity of cultures, and the uniqueness of the individual

    Encourage healthy living

    Promote civic and personal responsibility in a safe, mutually respectful environment

    The Mission will be accomplished by a strong partnership of students, families, staff, and community advocating a rigorous standards-based curriculum and vital life-enriching programs and activities.

  • Meeting Dates 2020

    January 16th

    February 12th

    March 11th

    April 15th

    May 13th

    June 10th Deleted from calendar 5/13/20

    June 17th

    July 8th

    August 5th

    September 9th

    October 14th

    November 18th

    December 9th (Rescheduled from December 16th)

  • School Board

    The Lakeport Unified School District Board of Education is a five-member Board, elected from the school district at large. Each member serves a four-year term. A student representative is also selected annually by Clear Lake High School to serve on the LUSD Board. Our Board meets monthly and holds occasional workshops. The public is always invited to attend the meetings, and the agendas are available at the District Office.

    The role of the Board is to serve as a policy-making body for the school district. The Board is charged with providing the best possible education for the children of the Lakeport Unified School District in accordance with federal and state laws. Among the Board’s numerous duties is the adoption of the annual budget, approval of all expenditures, employment of personnel, approval of the curriculum, textbooks, and courses of study, approval of facility plans and construction contracts. Action can only be taken when the Board is meeting in formal session with a majority of its members present.

    If you have any questions regarding the School Board, please contact the Superintendent at (707) 262-3000.

    School Board Members

    Dan Buffalo

    Dan Buffalo, President

    Dan Buffalo was elected to the board in 2018.  He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Davis, a master’s degree in public administration from USC, and is a CPA licensed in the State of California.  Dan currently serves as the Director of Finance for the City of Ukiah and as an adjunct professor in the Business Department at Mendocino College.  He is the proud father of three children, two of whom currently attend Lakeport Unified schools.  His wife, Megan, is an elementary school teacher, and they have been married over 14 years.

    “Learning is an invaluable, lifelong endeavor, and what we do here at our schools must instill that principle in all our students.  I am honored and excited to be a part of providing that experience to them.”

    Term expires December, 2020.

    Phil Kirby

    Phil Kirby, Clerk

    Phil Kirby,  has served on the LUSD board for 5 years.  He is a retired Lake County educator serving 27 years as a secondary school administrator and 4 years as a superintendent. Within that period of time, he was the director of the Lake County Court/Community Schools for 20 years. Phil earned a BA from CSU Sacramento and a Master’s Degree from University of San Francisco. Phil’s wife is a retired principal. His daughter is a school principal and his son is a CHP Officer.

    “I believe joy is the essence of learning.”

    Term expires December, 2020.

     Carly Alvord

    Carly Alvord, Member

    Carly Alvord was elected to the board in the fall of 2018.  She completed K-12 at LUSD, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Business from the University of Maryland, and has been a member of the School Site Council for 6 years.  Carly has served on the Wellness committee, the PTO, volunteered in the classroom, and served on the district’s LCAP committee to establish fiscal and academic goals.

     “I believe in transparent, active engagement with parents, teachers, and staff to deepen our collective understanding of student needs.”
    Term expires December, 2022. 

     Jennifer Hansen

    Jennifer Hanson, Member

    Jennifer Hanson was elected to the LUSD Governing Board in 2018.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UC Santa Barbara and a Master’s Degree in Labor Economics from UC Davis.  Jennifer currently works as a full-time Professor of Accounting and Economics at the Lake County Campus of Woodland Community College.  She and her husband Jeff have been married for 22 years and they have two daughters who both graduated from Clear Lake High School.

    “An exceptional education is the most important foundation that a society can give to its children.”

    Term expires December, 2022. 

    Jeanie Markham

    Jeanie Markham, Member

    Jeannie Markham was appointed to fill the unfinished term of Lori Holmes in March 2019.  Jeannie earned a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education in 1978 from Southern Oregon State College with a specialization in Reading Instruction.  She has taught various grade levels during the course of her total 28 years of teaching, 21 of which were dedicated to the children of Lakeport.  She is currently retired.  During the course of her tenure at LUSD she was involved in many volunteer capacities throughout the district and continues that today.  She is the mother of four boys who all attended LUSD.

    “We have a compelling obligation to be responsive to the needs of our students, our employees and our community.”

    Term expires December, 2020.