Parent Patrick Lucy was selected as the newest member of the South San Francisco Unified School District Board of Trustees Thursday night following two members’ recent departures.
The board opted not to name Trustee Shirlee Hoch’s replacement since she will still be in position until Jan. 1, 2014, and thus there is less urgency, said Trustee Philip Weise. Hoch, a longtime South San Francisco Unified School District trustee, submitted her letter of resignation in November after a struggle with her health over the last couple of years, while former trustee Liza Normandy resigned Nov. 29 after being elected to the South San Francisco City Council. Lucy will be Normandy’s replacement.
Normandy said she thinks Lucy is a great fit for the job.
“He hasn’t missed a school board meeting unless he had a work conflict,” Normandy said.
Four total candidates were brought to the meeting Thursday night for consideration, former City Council candidate Kate MacKay, Patricia Murray and Hector Camacho Jr.
There were 12 candidates who applied for the openings. Other than Lucy and the three others, the applicant pool included Monica Peregrina Boyd, Chris Kiely, Reem Nasrah, Sue Olinger, Juliana Salfiti, along with recent City Council candidates Bill Lock, Carlos Martin and Rick Ochsenhirt. Candidates were interviewed on Monday, Dec. 9 by board members, excluding Normandy who had already stepped down, and rated on a one to four scale by each member.
If the board is unable to make another selection from this pool to fill Hoch’s seat, it will seek out more candidates, Weise said. Applications for the positions were due to the district Dec. 4.
Hoch, who became a trustee in 1990, first had a stroke in January 2011 and her resignation takes effect Jan. 1. In May 2011, she suffered three strokes in the same day resulting in brain surgery. As a result, Hoch had to relearn to talk and read. Her left side was also impaired.
Lucy and the other new appointee will be sworn in at the Jan. 16, 2014, meeting.