By JENNIKA INGRAM | Reporter
The Palisades Charter High School Board of Trustees announced next year’s board members and said farewell to those whose terms were ending at the June 25 meeting.
Among those saying farewell are Parent Board Member Reeve Chudd, Faculty Board Member Rick Steil, Parent Board Member Dara Williams and Larry Wiener in a teacher seat.
Faculty Board Member Paula Anderson gave an Election Committee update, explaining how it was a limited election this year because many of the seats ran unopposed with the board approving positions as of the May 19 meeting: Brenda Clarke is taking over for Wiener’s position as a teacher board member, Brooke King is staying in the management seat and Ellen Unt is taking over for Steil’s faculty seat in the student-elected position.
Jim Wells is taking on the traveling parent position as Williams exits, and Leslie Woolley is continuing in the community seat.
Up for confirmation and approved unanimously by the board during the June 25 meeting, Jewlz Fahn joined the board replacing Chudd after being part of the only election that took place this year in a virtual fashion.
During the June 25 meeting, Sara Margiotta took over from Williams as interim board secretary, with board members thanking Williams for her “tremendous” effort in that capacity while on the board.
Community Chair Woolley gave departing board members honorary medals through Zoom and offered members an opportunity to share some parting words if they chose to.
Williams said she feels passionate about Pali High and helping in whatever way to make Pali the best Pali that it can be.
“I strongly feel that all of the board members and the administration share that goal with me …” Williams said, finishing with a comment that they have an “amazing” administration. “Whether we sometimes agree or disagree, I think that there’s just no doubt of the dedication of our administration, not only to the student’s education but to things like equity and really important issues that are at the forefront right now.”
Williams gave a shout out to Assistant Principal Monica Iannessa, who was not in attendance, about what an amazing job she does and what a dedicated advocate for education she is.
Wiener said briefly: “I would just want to thank you guys for giving me the opportunity. It’s been a pleasure and an honor to work with all of you. I feel I’ve learned a lot and I hope I’ve helped.”
Chudd wowed the board by delivering a thorough speech, outlining the details of his learning experience on the board.
“For lack of a better word to describe the past two years, it’s been a real education,” Chudd began as he continued through the many complexities and challenges faced by a public charter high school. Chudd thanked his fellow board members who he said have nurtured his learning with patience and camaraderie.
“Our most precious commodity, something my father always told me, is time,” Chudd continued. “Only now do I recognize the sacrifice each of you makes in order to participate in this work. There’s really only one thing you can give to a volunteer and that’s appreciation, so I salute those remaining in this important work.”
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