LOS ANGELES (July 10, 2018) - Board Member Mónica García was re-elected today to another one-year term as president, the eighth time her colleagues have selected her for the leadership position in the nation’s second-largest school district.
First elected in 2006, García is the longest-serving member of the school board. She thanked her colleagues and affirmed her commitment to serving the students and families of L.A. Unified.
“This academic year calls on us to put kids first, to see more of them get to graduation and to struggle with the hard choices that are part of this organization,” said Board President García, who encouraged students, families, employees and community members to be part of the conversation.
“I am proud to be someone who believes in people, and it’s the people of L.A. Unified I believe in,” she said. “This system does the best it can. It’s all of our jobs to make it better.”
García selected Board Member Nick Melvoin to serve a second consecutive term as board vice president.
“I am excited to continue serving in this role and working closely with President García to put kids first and ensure all kids graduate ready for success in college, careers and life,” Board Vice President Melvoin said.
“The seven board members and I share the goal to put our students first,” noted Austin Beutner, superintendent of Los Angeles Unified. “I look forward to continuing to work with Board President García and all board members to deliver on our promise of providing every student with a high-quality education, and to renewing the commitment of everyone in Los Angeles to public education.”
Board Member Dr. Ref Rodriguez also voiced his support for García’s re-election.
“I proudly support Ms. García’s continued leadership as our Board President,” he said. “She has a record of advancing equitable policies that provide opportunities to students and families in danger of falling through the cracks. Ms. García’s approach is to lead with love, and I look forward to working with her to serve L.A.’s students, families and schools.”
Civic and community leaders praised García for her service to the District.
"Women leaders are important role models for my daughter and all girls,” said Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez, a Los Angeles Unified graduate and parent. “I look forward to working with President Mónica García to lift student voices and achievement in L.A. Unified."
"Social workers always bring people together to find solutions, and they have skills that are needed in leadership," said David Green, a social worker who is treasurer of SEIU Local 721. “I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of children and families with Board President Mónica García and the Board of Education."
“I’m pleased to continue to work with Board President Mónica García and the Board of Education,” said Elise Buik, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “We have to work together to end poverty in Los Angeles.”
"Board President Mónica García is a true champion of children in our highest-need communities,” said Maria Brenes, executive director of InnerCity Struggle and a Los Angeles Unified parent. “We look forward to our continued work with her to advance educational justice in her role as president.”
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