Newly elected school board members inducted


Photo By Sofia Sanchez

Area 2 trustee Yesenia Carrillo swearing-in with new superintendent David Alvarado.

Sofia Sanchez , Staff Writer

Three new school board members Jason Paul, Yesenia Carrillo, and Naindeep Singh Chan were sworn in last Thursday during a school board meeting at the Central East High School performing arts center,  officially accepting their elected position as trustees. The meeting consisted of the naming of Terry Cox as the new president of the Central Unified board and the swearing-in of the new members, followed by a meet and greet.

November election results replaced three of the four members up for re-election. Only Richard Atkins, the trustee for Area 4, remains. Atkins did not vote against Sutton’s contract. Paul defeated former board member Cesar Granda, past school board president, 60%- 39%, Carrillo beat Ruben Coronado 55%- 45% and Singh Chan won over Rama Dawar  51%- 47 %. 

Controversy arose last February after the Central Unified board of trustees cast a majority vote to terminate superintendent Mark Sutton’s contract. A large number of educators, parents, and students expressed strong disapproval about Sutton’s removal due to their perception that he was a competent, ethical district leader. Others objected because the board made this decision in closed session without publically sharing the cause.

During the Thursday meeting, the new trustees emphasized their priorities to move past conflicts, serve Central families and build a new high school. A return to mutual trust and stability was highlighted by all board members as they listened to voters who presented their concerns. Parents, family members, and even students spoke in order to bring ideas and perspectives to the new board members and superintendent Andrew Alvarado, who was hired in Fall to replace Sutton.