Bell to be celebrated at tonight's meeting
By KRIS REILLY, Editor
LUCERNE VALLEY • Jodi Collingham joined the Lucerne Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees and Jim Harvey was elected board president at a special board meeting on Friday at the district offices.
The special meeting was held because Collingham had planned a vacation months in advance and could not attend the regular meeting scheduled for tonight.
Julia Bell, who served on the board for 13 years and was previously a teacher and administrator in the district, is stepping down due to health issues. Bell will be celebrated at the board’s regular meeting tonight (Wednesday) starting at 5 p.m. — with the meeting itself starting at 5:30 p.m. at the district offices at 8560 Aliento Road.
Collingham and incumbent Tommy Courtney ran uncontested for the board’s two open seats. Both were sworn in by district superintendent Suzette Davis, then the board elected new officers.
Dawn Turnbull nominated Harvey for board president. Courtney, the former president, quickly seconded the nomination.
John Buchanan nominated Courtney, but Courtney declined the nomination in a show of support for Harvey, a Johnson Valley resident who joined the board two years ago.
“I think Jim is ready to be the president,” Courtney said. “(Harvey) is ready to do it, and it doesn’t hurt to pass (the presidency) around.”
Turnbull was voted vice president, Buchanan was selected as board clerk and Courtney will serve as the board representative at annual regional meetings.