Meyer Wins Board Election in Landslide

Long-time teacher and principal Jon Meyer this week was elected to the Board of Education of the Long Beach Unified School District. In a landslide vote, the former principal of Lakewood, Wilson, Lowell and Avalon schools finished first in a field of seven candidates by a wide margin. Meyer received 3,504 votes; Yolanda Benavidez, 1,741; Norm Ryan, 1,269; Marilyn Bittle, 877; Gary DeLong, 749; Andy Nagle, 207; and Richard Green, 143. Meyer will fill the unexpired term of long-time Board member Ed Eveland, who died in February. As a senior at Wilson High School, Meyer was a student in an English class taught by Eveland. Meyer went on to Stanford University and returned to teach social studies and coach track and football at Poly High School where Eveland was assistant principal. Later he taught anthropology and coached football and track at Wilson, where Eveland was principal. Eveland’s two children, Tim and Dorian, were students in Meyer’s 11th grade classes. Another of his outstanding students at Wilson was Chris Steinhauser, who was "a starting guard on the football team--and a good one--intelligent and tenacious," said Meyer. "I am so grateful for the support of parents and former students and, over my 41-year career, for the support of so many classified and certificated employees," he said. Meyer will take office on Monday, July 21. He will be up for election to a full four-year term next April.