Jim Smith, 81, also worked as a mail handler and served as vice president of the Berkeley Property Owners Association.
With pressure mounting for schools to address learning loss, BUSD takes care to prioritize socio-emotional enrichment.
Parents worry that distance learners are more likely to be stuck with a substitute than students on-campus, especially a substitute without experience teaching online.
Some Berkeley parents want an immediate return to campuses, but others have argued that even small reopenings could be dangerous.
Berkeley Unified is famous for its lunch program, but kids are coming home from school with barely eaten sandwiches and tales of scarfing down food, sometimes in as little as five to 10 minutes.
While policies elsewhere limit the rights of transgender and non-binary students, BUSD tries to be as accommodating to its gender non-conforming students as possible.