SD School Board Re-Elects President

Richard Barrera Gets Second Term As School Board Pres.

Defying the recent tradition on the San Diego Unified School District's Board of Education that its presidency rotate every year, school board members voted Monday to re-elect Richard Barrera to a second term.

John Lee Evans was re-elected as vice president.

Evans suggested that Barrera retain his leadership role because two of the school board's seats are held by newcomers, Scott Barnett and Kevin Beiser, and the financial struggles in the school district.

Board Member Sheila Jackson cast the only vote against Barrera's presidency, voting for Evans instead. The board then voted unanimously that Evans keep his vice president role.

Barnett said Barrera should remain president for a second year to maintain stability.

"When boards rotate leadership every year, the president loses authority," Barnett said. "It's important for the public to know who the president is."

Barnett also joked about the write-in candidacy of Katherine Nakamura, who lost a bid to remain on the board in November, while he filled in his ballot.

"If we don't like any of the choices, can we write in 'Nakamura'?" he asked.