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27 Applicants Vie for Board Seat

The Long Beach Unified School District has received 27 applications to fill a vacancy on the Board of Education.  The deadline to file applications was March 2.

The school board is filling the vacancy by appointment, using an application, screening and interview process.

The District 5 seat on the five-member board became vacant Jan. 25 when board member David Barton resigned due to health concerns.  District 5 includes much of East Long Beach and Lakewood, including Millikan and Lakewood high schools.

The school board is scheduled to make the appointment during a special board meeting set for 9 a.m. Friday, March 23.  The new board member would complete the remainder of the term, which expires in July 2014.

First-round interviews of the applicants will be conducted by a committee that includes a representative of support staff employees along with representatives of the school district’s management association and the Long Beach Council PTA.  The Teachers Association of Long Beach has declined to participate.  This committee also will conduct second-round interviews of six finalists before recommending three top candidates to the school board.  The board will interview the top three candidates at a public meeting tentatively scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 20 at 1515 Hughes Way.

Applicants are:

  • Lori Andrews, special education teacher (address not in District 5);
  • William Baca, senior sales representative;
  • Leolyn Boyer, retired educator;
  • Jeremy Knowles Brust, attorney;
  • Teresa Ayala Castillo, manager, City of Long Beach DHHS;
  • Roberta "Bobbi" Clarke, counselor, Cabrillo H.S.;
  • Gloria Cordero, consultant, public affairs;
  • Diana Craighead, homemaker and volunteer;
  • Cynthia Diaz, bookseller/substitute teacher;
  • Camille Donnell, staff accountant, First 5 LA;
  • Stephen Donnenfield, retired LBUSD teacher/substitute Lakewood crossing guard;
  • Lynda Lee Gordon, retired LBCC professor;
  • Anthony Klune Jr., instructor;
  • Gavin Lafcadio McKiernan, nonprofit management;
  • Sharon Wells McMahon, homemaker and volunteer;
  • Nancy Manriquez-Dowell, independent educational consultant;
  • Shelly Millsap, senior human resource consultant;
  • Tyrie Tenese Mitchell, system engineer (address not in District 5);
  • Stacy Mungo, administrative services manager, County of Los Angeles;
  • Cindy Regnier Melvin, mother;
  • Diane Ripley, public relations;
  • Maria Williams Slaughter, administrator;
  • Thomas Soto, director, information technology;
  • Marc Titel, business programs director, Fremont College;
  • Frederick Lim Uy, professor;
  • Michele Wulf, retired firefighter/paramedic;
  • Glenn Zawicki, educator/business owner.