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Board Slated to Select Fifth Member

The San Marino School Board was expected to select its fifth member during a special meeting which was held Wednesday afternoon in the Kenneth F. White Auditorium at Huntington Middle School.

James F. Barger, Mackenzie Marie Brown, Jeanie Morris Caldwell, Daniel Fong, Pui Shan Joanna Lam, John T. Morris and Cori Woods Solan make up the list of seven candidates who were interviewed to find a successor for Board President Nam Jack, who resigned on Monday, May 16. The decision was anticipated to be announced Wednesday, after the Tribune’s deadline.

Caldwell has previous experience with the board of education, having served as a member from 2001 to 2009.

The board was scheduled to interview applicants during Wednesday’s special meeting with the hopes of finding Jack’s successor.

The board faced a similar challenge in June 2021 when attempting to replace former board members Corey Barberie and Julie Chan Lin — who had resigned within two weeks of one another in May 2021. The eventual winners of the two seats — Jack and Michael Killackey — each emerged from a field of six candidates who had applied during separate searches.

One of the first tasks to be addressed should the board select its fifth member could be continuing the search for a new superintendent.

C. Joseph Chang — who, at the time of Jack’s resignation, was clerk of the school board — has since assumed the duties of president, pursuant to current board bylaws. During its meeting on May 24, the board voted to close a superintendent search that was conducted by its consultant, the Cosca Group, without selecting a final candidate.

Chang said the board will discuss the matter at a subsequent meeting in the coming weeks, and the board will update the community of any future developments.

Last week, Chang said the board will continue its discussion on the superintendent search during the closed session portion of the June 8 meeting.

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