Dr. Randy Ward, San Diego County Superintendent of Schools, released the following statement today on the San Diego County Board of Education election results:
Congratulations to Guadalupe Gonzalez, who was elected to represent San Diego County Board of Education District 2, and to Mark Powell, who will join the board as a representative of District 1. I’d also like to thank Gregg Robinson for his four years of service representing District 1 on the board.
With 285,000 mail and provisional ballets to be counted, and a current difference between Mark Anderson and Paulette Donnellon of only 451 votes, the race for District 4 is too close to call at this time.
We will not know the board's final composition until November, pending results of a contest between District 5 candidates Rick Shea and Mark Wyland.
It's very unusual for so many seats to be open on the San Diego County Board of Education. And while the electoral races are usually lower-profile, the job is anything but. The board is a vehicle for citizen access to the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and the work we do to provide effective education programs and support services for school districts. As I have announced my retirement at the end of my contract (June 30, 2017), the new board will also have the important task of selecting the next San Diego County superintendent of schools, and must work with SDCOE leadership to confront important issues in education such as school accountability, equity and access, and an increasingly precarious state budget.
I'm looking forward to working with our new and returning members on behalf of the more than 500,000 public school students in San Diego County.