Last night, Nov. 20, 2014, the Sweetwater Union High School District hosted its regularly-scheduled Board of Trustees meeting at Sweetwater High School. There was, however, something very special about the night: the meeting marked the last one for the five trustees before the installment of newly elected members.
In May of 2014, four members of the San Diego County Board of Education — Mark Anderson, Susan Hartley, Sharon Jones, and Lyn Neylon — stepped in to serve as interim trustees for the Sweetwater Union High School District Board of Trustees. For those members, that meant serving on two boards of education, attending twice as many meetings, and in some cases, representing constituents they hadn't before.
The four members of the County Board along with Board President John Mc Cann, who is serving out his term on the board, were recognized for their service during the Nov. 20 meeting.
"I'd like to thank the board for making decisions based on what's best for students," said County Superintendent Dr. Randy Ward. "The Sweetwater community owes them a debt of gratitude. From their work as an interim board to the smart move of hiring Dr. Tim Glover as the district's interim superintendent, this is a board that has worked hard to do do what's best for the community."
While the four San Diego County Board of Education members were doing double duty, they, along with their colleague Gregg Robinson, presided over a major change in the way school board members in the Sweetwater Union High School District are elected. Under a new election system, the district is divided into geographic areas, and one board member living in each area is be elected by the voters who live in that area. Earlier this month, voters in the South County elected five new members of the Board of Trustees for the Sweetwater School District. The new members will be installed at a meeting in December.
The Sweetwater Union High School District is the largest secondary school district in California with approximately 41,000 students in grades 7-12. The Sweetwater district serves students from National City to Otay Mesa, San Ysidro and across all the communities in the City of Chula Vista.