Two new school board members sworn in

By Claire Trageser
City News Service

Two new members of the San Diego Unified School District’s Board of Education were sworn in Monday to replace incumbents defeated in the November election.

Scott Barnett narrowly defeated 20-year school board veteran John De Beck to represent Sub District C, while Kevin Beiser beat Steve Rosen and incumbent Katherine Nakamura, who was a write-in candidate, to represent Sub District B.

During the swearing-in ceremony, Barnett was joined by his two daughters and older sister. His oath of office was administered by Anthony Brandenburg, the chief judge of the Intertribal Court of Southern California.

Beiser took his oath alone, and said his family was in Oregon with his ailing father. Beiser was sworn in by Rabbi Laurie Coskey, the director of the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice.

“I stand before you today a child of poverty,” Beiser told the audience after being sworn in. “I overcame many challenges to come to where I am today.”

Beiser said his experiences with poverty make him aware of the children in the school district who struggle with the same things he did.

“We have a moral obligation to those children in our care who are also living in poverty today, to do everything we can to lift them up,” Beiser said. “There is no challenge we can not overcome if we work together.”

Before making his speech, Barnett joked that his first lesson on the board would be learning how to turn on the microphone. He then recognized De Beck, who was watching the meeting from the audience.

“Whatever our differences, we can all appreciate and respect that he truly served the children of this district,” Barnett said.

Barnett, the president of the advocacy group TaxpayersAdvocate.org, spoke about the district’s need for fiscal discipline in the coming year.

“For many years, the district has not had a handle on its finances and personnel and does not have a grasp on how it spends its money,” Barnett said.

Barnett also said the district employs some teachers who “shouldn’t be in the classroom any more,” and said that although the district he represents is wealthier than the other districts, the school board has a responsibility to all San Diego students.

“We pay in the long run if they’re not successful,” he said.

School board President Richard Barerra suggested that the board establish an Operations and Efficiency Ad Hoc Committee to find cost-saving efficiencies in the district’s operation, and that Barnett and Beiser run it.

“They have tremendous perspective and fresh eyes to look at the district,” he said.

Board member Sheila Jackson at first objected to Barnett and Beiser’s leadership of the committee because she said the other board members should be able to appoint committee members, and to do otherwise would “thwart democracy.”

Jackson then attached an amendment to the proposal for the committee that said any board member can suggest members for the committee, and the board approved her amendment unanimously.

Related posts:

  1. San Diego schools receive $3M in federal technology grants
  2. School board approves LGBTQ equality resolution
  3. Schools chief warns of dire budget situation in 2011-12
  4. School officials attribute improvement to 'community-based' model
  5. District declines to make personnel cuts; budget balance threatened

Short URL: http://www.lajollalight.com/?p=30310

Posted by Halie Johnson on Dec 7, 2010. Filed under News, Schools. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

1 Comment for “Two new school board members sworn in”

  1. Thomas Kemper

    Mr. Beiser's incredible defeat of Steven Rosen by 17% points, shows that the community at large has an overwhelming faith in Mr. Beiser's vision for the future of education in San Diego. I too believe in Mr. Beiser and support him, and that's why I voted for him.

Leave a Reply

La Jolla Community Calendar

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

RSS North Coastal News

  • VA System Working with Local Providers to Reduce Wait Times July 28, 2014
    By Joseph Franz Wait times at the VA has been a common headline lately. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has come under fire as tens of thousands of veterans nationwide have been waiting three months or more to get their first VA medical appointment. This has caused dozens of investigations and led Veterans Affairs […]
  • Local camp shapes Solana Beach youth into community leaders July 28, 2014
    After attending the inaugural La Colonia de Eden Gardens Youth Leadership Camp last year, Edgar Vergara was inspired to make positive change in Solana Beach’s Eden Gardens community. Along with other local teens, the 15-year-old co-founded the youth group La Colonia Changers and recently hosted a town hall forum on underage drinking. Passionate about making […]
  • Del Mar Union School District approves new contract for superintendent July 28, 2014
    The Del Mar Union School District Board July 23 approved the new contract for Superintendent Holly McClurg through June 30, 2018. Per the contract, McClurg’s annual salary will be $185,000 with an annual doctoral stipend of $10,000. She will receive a car allowance of $400 a month, 25 vacation days, health benefits and a retirement contribution of $700 a mon […]