Replacement sought for Zondiros

by Robb Fulcher
Published September 17, 2009

The city school board will appoint a replacement for board member Barbara Zondiros, who stepped down last week because of an illness in her family.

Zondiros on Sept. 4 wrote a brief email telling school Superintendent Bruce Newlin that “with great sadness” she was resigning with two years left in her term.

Four days later she wrote an email to colleagues, friends and the school community stating, “Two weeks ago my family and I discovered that my husband is quite ill. While we look forward to Tom’s getting well, we anticipate a long road to recovery.

“At present, I find that I must focus all of my time and energy on my family and that it will be impossible for me to effectively carry out my responsibilities as a school board member. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that I have decided to resign from the Hermosa Beach School Board.”

She praised the work of Newlin and her fellow board members, and left some words for those who will continue to work on behalf of Hermosa’s public schools.

“Despite financial struggles beyond our control… this is an exciting time for our district. I believe that the community is ready to move on together and to serve our students well,” Zondiros wrote.
She also urged people to put behind them the matter of a Hermosa Valley School gym, which was built despite opposition from some community members.

“And if there are still individuals hung up on the gym controversy, my message to you is: For goodness sakes, move on – life is too short!” she wrote.

“I have loved my time as a board member, and I am sorry it must end so soon,” she wrote. “I ask the new board members to please educate themselves on the issues we face as a small elementary school district, and to make decisions based on what is best for all of our children and their future.”
Three new members will be elected to the five-member board in November.

Meanwhile, people interested in filling the rest of Zondiros’ term, which ends in November 2011, can pick up application packets at the school district office, 1645 Valley Drive or download application forms from www.hbcsd.org. Applications must be submitted to the superintendent’s office by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2. ER