Saugus Union School District welcomes two new governing board membersSebastian Cazares December 12, 2018 0 COMMENTS
On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the Saugus Union School District governing board swore in two new trustees and voted on a new president and clerk.
The board thanked outgoing board members Paul de la Cerda and Judy Umeck for their service during a special meeting just before the board’s regular scheduled meeting time.
During the special meeting, Umeck reminded the board members of the importance of unity over partisanship. “We are not Democrats,” Umeck said. “We are not Republicans. We are Saugus.”
Umeck was unseated by Laura Arrowsmith, who was sworn in as the new trustee for SUSD Trustee Area 2. David Barlavi was sworn in to represent Trustee Area 1, which was previously represented by de la Cerda.
With Arrowsmith and Barlavi sworn in, the SUSD governing board is now the first local governing body in Santa Clarita to have a majority of Democrats serve on it.
Arrowsmith is excited to be a new trustee on the board. “I am so excited to get to work with a great team,” Arrowsmith said. “I’m looking forward to continue the good progress of this district and see what we can do to support teachers and students every day.”
Barlavi was equally as excited for his first meeting as a new governing board member. “I was very glad to see our community come out to thank Judy Umeck and Paul de la Cerda for their incredible service and to stay on to support the new board,” Barlavi said.
Returning board member Chris Trunkey was also sworn in and and was recognized for his service as governing board president. The district presented him a gavel and thanked him for his time as president and for his leadership for the district’s students.
The board then voted unanimously to select Dr. David Powell as its clerk and incumbent Julie Olsen as its new president.
After the new board members were sworn in and Olsen and Powell were voted in as the board’s new president and clerk, the SUSD governing board went straight to work. The board reviewed their agenda for the upcoming year — which includes the Saugus Teacher’s Association’s concerns over class sizes, support services for students and the introduction of a dual immersion program that will promote literacy in both Spanish and English — in a discussion that lasted until 1:00 a.m.
Sebastian Cazares is a lifelong Santa Clarita resident and student at College of the Canyons. He was heavily involved in Speech, Model UN, Rotary Club and journalism during his high school years. Sebastian is deeply interested in local politics and excited to report on the issues that impact his community.