Dedicated Parent Volunteer Receives First-Ever Board President’s Award for Service to the District

LOS ANGELES (March 8, 2016) - Board of Education President Steve Zimmer today presented the inaugural Board President’s Award for Service to the District to volunteer Scott Folsom, who has spent more than 25 years advocating on behalf of students and families in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Mr. Folsom is the longest-serving member of the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, one of the more than two dozen panels on which he’s served. He has also championed the creation of school-based health clinics that serve District families, and social-emotional learning programs that help students build lifelong skills for establishing and maintaining positive relationships.

“Mr. Folsom’s service to this District is unparalleled,” Zimmer said, after the audience honored Folsom with the first of two standing ovations he received during a brief ceremony. “He has been able to create change that we did not think was possible … We have literally transformed the landscape of LAUSD.”
Superintendent Michelle King listed some of Mr. Folsom’s many accomplishments, including his service as president of health for the California State Parent Teacher Association and president of the Los Angeles 10th District Parent Teacher Student Association; his recognition as Parent Volunteer of the Year from the Los Angeles County Office of Education; and the two times he has won the California State Parent Teacher Association’s Golden Oaks Award.

“Mr. Folsom,” King said, “how lucky we are that you never followed through on your famous phrase, ‘Stop me before I volunteer again!’”

Dr. George J. McKenna III, the board’s vice president and District 1 representative, spoke movingly about Folsom as a “a man for all seasons,” with honesty, integrity and wit.

“All that you can say that is good about a human being you can say about Scott,” McKenna said.

Folsom himself briefly took the microphone, thanking Board President Zimmer for the award and his L.A. Unified family for their support.

“This is the work of all of us,” he said. “This work that we all do is the most important work in the whole world – the education of our children. Thank you so much. I can’t say enough about everybody’s work here.”
Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766

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