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WINTER 2014

CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

Retired Principal Rosi Pedersen Returns as Volunteer Member


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Rosi Pedersen, who retired after 30 years as a teacher and school administrator, has returned to the Long Beach Unified School District as a member of the Measure K Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.

She was appointed earlier this year by the Board of Education to the all-volunteer group, which oversees expenditures of the $1.2 billion school building and renovation program.

Pedersen represents senior citizens, who she says are hungry for information about Measure K.

“People have questions about how decisions are made and what the process is for building and renovating schools,” she said. “It’s the school district’s job to make sure there is transparency and an openness to community input.”

Pedersen said that she believes that the Measure K program is well managed. “I was happy to hear that the new executive director of facilities (Tova Corman) has the right kind of education and experience to manage this large and important program,” she said.

Pedersen said she learned and practiced management skills while serving as a language development specialist, mentor coordinator, vice principal and principal of the Long Beach School for Adults and Reid Continuation School.

Currently, she works part-time as a program administrator at the Molina Foundation, an affiliate of Molina Health Care Centers.

A Long Beach resident for more than 55 years, Pedersen is a graduate of Millikan High School and Cal State Long Beach. She is married to Curtis Pedersen, former chief of staff for Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe.

A native of Escondido, near San Diego, her parents were immigrants from Italy who raised their children as exclusive Italian speakers.

“Because English is my second language, I had a special interest in English as a second language instruction and felt a kinship with many of the families in the district,” she said.

Pedersen serves on the school district’s Adult School Committee and on the City of Long Beach’s Workforce Development Board. She is also active in CAMEO, the professional group of the Assistance League, and as a volunteer leader with the Long Beach Symphony.

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