MVLA elects new board of trustees officers

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The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees elected a new slate of officers this month. Phil Faillace, outgoing president, passes the gavel to new president Judy Hannemann, flanked by trustees, from left, Debbie Torok, Susan Sweeley and Joe Mitchner.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees Dec. 10 elected officers for the 2013 calendar year.

• Judy Hannemann, formerly vice president, will serve as board president. Hannemann has served on the board since 1981. The board nominated Hannemann to the California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly, where she has served for the past 23 years.

• Joe Mitchner, who has served on the board since 2007, will serve as vice president.

• Susan Sweeley will serve as board clerk. Sweeley has served on the board since 2000.

• Phil Faillace stepped down as president at the Dec. 10 meeting, after completing a year in the position. Hannemann thanked Faillace for his “excellent leadership” and for his continued work with the board during difficult fiscal times.

During Faillace’s tenure, the district saw its highest academic ranking on the California Academic Performance Index. In 2012, the district achieved its 10th consecutive year of continuous academic growth, as measured by the California Standards Test.

“The privilege of having served as board president has made me keenly aware of how fortunate I am to have settled in this community,” Faillace said. “Its residents, whether they have students enrolled in our schools or not, have consistently endorsed the board’s primary goal of providing a rigorous academic education for all our students. More importantly, they have done so with deeds as well as words.”

Faillace said the district’s professional educators – from its teachers, who work directly with students, to its administrators, who collaborate with the teachers to enhance students’ performance – have “toiled selflessly” to achieve that goal.

“The staff, whose members enthusiastically support our educators’ efforts, has become a model of efficient, effective service,” he said. “And my fellow board members have always put students’ interests first in all their deliberations, which have always heeded real evidence with critical thought. I thank all of these many dedicated persons.”

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