Not much is likely to change on the school board in the next two
years, as the three incumbents up for reelection in November will run
As of Friday's filing deadline, no one had filed a petition to run
against incumbents Martha Fluor, Clerk Dave Brooks or President Dana
Black. That means the usually agreeable board, in its current form
since Linda Sneen and Tom Egan came aboard in 2002, won't change
until at least 2006.
Brooks, a trustee since 1998, credited the board's performance
record for the lack of interest from outside candidates. He has yet
to face a challenger as an incumbent.
"Since 1998, the district has made a real turnaround," he said.
"The seven of us work well as a team, and we have good leadership.
One thing is our hiring. We have [Supt.] Dr. [Robert] Barbot and our
assistant superintendents. And we've implemented some very good
programs. I think people are very pleased."
Costa Mesa resident Dick Carroll's name appeared as a challenger
for Brooks' district on the registrar's filing log Friday. But his
wife, former Harbor Council PTA Co-President Ellen Carroll, said he
intends to run for the City Council and not the school board.
"All he wanted to know are what the requirements are," Ellen
Carroll said. "He's a staunch supporter of Dave Brooks. There's no
way he's going to run against him."
Fluor, on the board since 1991, was challenged once as an
incumbent in her three terms, she said. The cost of running for
office may make some people shy away, she said. But she also credited
the board's teamwork with the nonexistent turnover.
"This board has done an outstanding job of keeping people informed
and in the loop of decision making," she said. "There's a great deal
of satisfaction on the part of constituents. We're representing them
Fluor and Brooks said they wanted to stay on the board to continue
work on their five-year strategic plan, which they will vote on in
October. They also hope to see the completion of the multi-school
Measure A facilities improvement plan, set to wrap up in late 2006.
The Coast Community College District, which includes Orange Coast
College, has three trustees up for reelection.
Jerry Patterson is running uncontested.
As of 2 p.m. Friday, incumbent Paul Berger was running
uncontested, but Alice Saltzman, a businesswoman and educator, was
considering a run for the position. Diane Lenning, a former
Huntington Beach City Council candidate and Orange Coast College
graduate, will run against incumbent Armando Ruiz.
Lenning said she wants to help see the college district through
its budget shortfalls and help it prepare for higher-achieving high