Letter to Employees on the Passing of Board Member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte

December 5, 2013

Dear LAUSD Family,

It is with great sadness that we are writing with the news that our beloved board member and friend, Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, passed away this morning. She passed away in San Diego, where she was attending a conference, fighting as always for the students of the LAUSD. We speak on behalf of all friends and employees of the District in offering our deep condolences to Ms. LaMotte’s family.

Board Member Marguerite LaMotte was a heroic figure in the history of public education in Los Angeles. Her fierce devotion to providing a quality education to her “babies” as she affectionately called them reflected her unshakable commitment to the ideals of civil rights and equal justice. All of us honor her memory by continuing the struggle.

Every school has a crisis counseling team, which will be activated as needed. In addition, non-school site personnel can call 213-241-3841 for assistance.

We will send you information about memorial services as soon as it’s available.

With deep respect,

Richard Vladovic

John E. Deasy