Matt Haney named second-youngest Board of Education president

Board of Education President Matt Haney. (S.F. Examiner file photo)

Matt Haney was unanimously selected by fellow commissioners to serve as president of the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education on Tuesday, becoming the second-youngest commissioner to hold the title in recent history.

Haney, 33, was elected to the board in 2012 and served as vice president last year. Shamann Walton, who was elected to the board last year, was unanimously selected by commissioners Tuesday to serve as vice president.

“I’m looking forward to leading this board at this moment when I think there is a tremendous amount that we can do [and] an incredible amount of shared vision and unity,” Haney said at Tuesday’s meeting. “I’m excited about the year and what it has in store.”

Haney said Wednesday he will focus this year on improving student achievement, finding housing for teachers and working to place a facilities bond on the November ballot to renovate schools and build new schools.

Haney added that he is glad Superintendent Richard Carranza committed to remain with the district earlier this month following rumors Carranza was among the top candidates to lead the Los Angeles Unified School District.

“We went into this January…with the prospect of our superintendent leaving,” Haney said. “Now that we have that behind us, our opportunity to really focus on the work becomes a clear priority…In general, the board and the district is in a very good place to work collaboratively and move with purpose to improve opportunities and access for all of our students.”

Supervisor Jane Kim was the youngest president elected to the Board of Education in recent history, holding the title when she was 32, in 2010. Haney is also the first male president since Supervisor Norman Yee held the position in 2012.

Haney is up for reelection to the board in November.

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