No shake-up on school board

Local voters spoke Tuesday, reelecting incumbents Jan Vickers and William Landsiedel to the Laguna Beach Unified School District board.

Vickers received the most votes, 35.8%, and Landsiedel received 25.8%, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters.

At community forums, the incumbents voiced the importance of a historical perspective and continuity on the board.

Challengers Dee Perry, a former LBUSD teacher and speech pathologist, and Tammy Keces, a former private school teacher, wanted to shake up the board makeup, hoping to become the voices of concerned parents in the community.

Keces trailed Landsiedel with 21.9% while Perry earned 16.6% of the vote.

"Obviously, I'm really pleased and happy with the outcome of the election," Vickers said in a voicemail about her fourth term on the board. "I want to stay on the board and continue to serve the district."

She said she's looking forward to seeing implementation of the Common Core Standards curriculum and is glad about the outcome of Proposition 30, which will raise sales and income taxes for high earners to help pay for education.

"I'm just so happy that the voters allowed me to serve four more years," Landsiedel said in an interview Wednesday.

He said he plans to focus on the Common Core Standards know as STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math, and hopes to get a robotics club at the high school.

Perry said she wants to continue supporting students.

"I was disappointed but I, of course, wish the incumbents well," Perry said. "I'm really glad Proposition 30 passed. We dodged a financial bullet on that one."

Late Tuesday night, Keces congratulated the incumbents on Facebook and praised them for "creating wonderful dialogue in our community."

The next school board meeting is two hours earlier than usual at 4 p.m. Nov. 13.

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