In a press release announcing her candidacy, Smith touted her long experience in the district as a parent and volunteer: “I know how things work in our district—who the participants are, how the funding works, and how the support organizations and volunteers work cooperatively with the schools to maintain our academic excellence.”
She listed among her priorities "strong fiscal oversight" and continuing a collaborative teacher evaluation process.
Amal graduated from UCLA and has an MBA from the University of Southern California. She and her husband, Rick, have lived in Piedmont since 1998.
According to City Clerk John Tulloch, the official filing period for board of education nomination papers opens Oct. 14, 2013, and ends Nov. 8, 2013.
He noted that any candidate who intends to raise money for his or her campaign must also file a Form 501 with the city clerk's office before starting fundraising efforts or receiving campaign contributions, even if that is prior to Oct. 14. He said he has not yet received forms for any school board candidates.
In the February election, Piedmont residents will also be electing three people to the city council.