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SBE Names Trustee to Lead Alisal Union

State of California
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor
State Board of Education seal
CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
1430 N Street, Suite 5111
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-319-0827
Fax: 916-319-0175

For Immediate Release
May 5, 2010

Contact:
Regina Wilson
916-319-0693
rwilson@cde.ca.gov

State Board of Education Names Trustee to Lead Alisal Union Elementary School District

SACRAMENTO -- The State Board of Education voted today to appoint Dr. Carmella S. Franco, Ed.D to serve as the state appointed trustee with full administrative authority for the Alisal Union Elementary School District pursuant to Education Code Section 52055.57 (c) (3).

The trustee will have the responsibility to determine appropriate actions aimed at increasing student achievement. She will utilize the adopted scope of authority and tenure for the duration of the assignment.

"I am confident we have found someone who meets all the criteria requested by the community to fill this role," said Ted Mitchell, State Board President. "Dr. Franco has the experience and the education needed to tackle the challenges facing this district. The board believes that the district and most importantly the students will now be on the right road for success.”

Dr. Franco has an extensive academic and professional background. She has spent more than 36 years as an educator in numerous capacities. Dr. Franco has a masters of arts degree in elementary education and her doctorate of education in educational management. She spent 12 years as superintendent for Whittier City, a K-8 school district in Los Angeles County. Most recently, she served as an interim superintendent at the Woodland Joint Unified School District in Yolo County where she oversaw 17 schools and collaborated with local officials, education stakeholders and the community at large.

"I am pleased that the board selected me as the trustee for the Alisal Union Elementary School Distinct. I look forward in working with the board, staff and community to ensure the best outcomes for student achievement in this district,” said Dr. Franco.

Dr. Franco will work with California Department of Education and State Board of Education staff to quickly finalize the memorandum of understanding, which will include her salary and a start date.

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