MVLA board honors longtime trustee

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Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian honors outgoing Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Trustee Susan Sweeley at the Nov. 21 MVLA board meeting.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees honored one of its own last week.

Susan Sweeley, who has served on the board for 16 years, plans to step down after Monday’s board meeting.

The board passed a resolution at its Nov. 21 meeting recognizing Sweeley for her work for the district.

“Susan Sweeley made a difference for both the youth of today and for the health and productivity of our community’s future,” the proclamation stated.

During her tenure, Sweeley dedicated 80 days to district employee groups during negotiations, attended 336 regular board meetings and was part of the team that hired superintendents Rich Fischer, Barry Groves and Jeff Harding.

She has been a long-term board member and advocate for the Community Health Awareness Council, “embracing her lifelong passion for wellness for all students and staff,” the proclamation read.

She helped found Freestyle Academy, the district’s technology-based program, and supported district art programs.

Sweeley also was a vocal advocate of programs for first-generation and undocumented students in the high school district, including Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, immigration-rights activist and founder of Define American.

“The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District recognizes the significant and meaningful contribution of Susan Sweeley and wishes her well after her 16 years of public service,” the proclamation concluded.

Incoming trustee Sanjay Dave will fill Sweeley’s seat.

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