New PSD Board members sworn into office, Molina appointed board president

New Board member Nancy Smith will serve as Clerk for the Palmdale School Board. (Photo by Tom Llewellyn)

New Board member Nancy Smith will serve as Clerk for the Palmdale School Board. (Photo by Tom Llewellyn)

PALMDALE – Surrounded by groups of supporters and families, three new Palmdale School Board members were sworn into office on Tuesday night (Dec. 10).

Nancy Smith, Juan Carrillo, and Joyce Ricks beamed as they were sworn in individually, joined by family and friends.

New PSD Board member Juan Carrillo is sworn in Dec. 10. (Tom Llewellyn)

New PSD Board member Juan Carrillo is sworn in Dec. 10. (Tom Llewellyn)

“I am proud to be sitting here, but there is much work to be done,” said Nancy Smith, who is also a former Superintendent of Palmdale School District.

Maria Molina was also elected as President of the School Board.  Molina was first elected in 2011, and is currently an instructional coach for Keppel Union School District.

Also elected to Board Positions was Nancy Smith as Clerk.

“I know I am joined by the rest of the district when I say welcome to our new board members,” said Pauline Winbush, Interim Superintendent of Palmdale School District. “We are excited to work together to make Palmdale School a great place to learn and work.”

(From right) Nancy Smith,, Joyce Ricks and Juan Carillo take their seats on the Palmdale School Board Dec. 10.

(From right) Nancy Smith, Joyce Ricks and Juan Carillo take their seats on the Palmdale School Board Dec. 10.

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  12 comments for “New PSD Board members sworn into office, Molina appointed board president

  1. dumbandblind
    December 12, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Now lets see if they can fix this:
    Lets keep everyone posted.

    • get your facts straight
      December 14, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Hey Charles,

      Get your facts straight. The OLD board didn’t fix anything for Head Start. THEY were the ones looking after their own financial interests and if Gallizzi would have been here, the deal that Pauline Winbush was able to work out would not have occurred. Everyone would be laid off as of January 1st. The OLD board had NOTHING to do with that contract. They “fixed” nothing. If head start has anyone to thank, it is Pauline Winbush.

  2. Bousseh Fakhri
    December 12, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I have heard from a custodian friend that this new group of board members has taken credit for restoring the teacher’s pay cuts and furlough days next year. Of course that’s a lie…if this is true then they would have had to have met before they were even sworn into office and that would be a very clear Brown Act violation. If they are taking credit for someone else’s work, that makes them liars. Also, how is it that Ms. Molina and Ms. Smith are appointed to president and clerk with just minimal discussion? Does that mean that they had already decided those two board actions? Was their new interim superintendent in on it? Brown Act again? This will be a group of public officials to watch…all of them were bought and paid for by the state teacher’s union, the most powerful and dishonest union in the state.

    • [Removed]
      December 12, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      What a ridiculous tirade! A custodian told you all of this? Really? Well the custodian’s pay and furlough days have been restored too, as have all the management employees’ pay and furlough days. The only dishonesty that took place in regard to PSD came from the cowardly superintendent and the old corrupt school board. Even Assemblyman Fox is looking into what they tried to pull. That board lost not because of any union, but because the public finally had had enough.

    • Quigley
      December 13, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Hey Fakhri…tell your buddies to back off…they lost because they deserved to lose. Hopefully Fox is able to bring the truth to the public so they can all just go away. At least Gallizzi was smart enough to take his huevos, and cash, and get the hell out of town…..Roger Rizzo?!?

      • Bousseh Fakhri
        December 13, 2013 at 11:06 pm

        7% of Palmdale voters took the time to care about the November election. That means 93% didn’t care about the teachers fabricated issues. People are just plain tired of politics and unions and ugliness. In my post I simply made a comment relative to this new board’s honesty and their ties to a union known to promote very liberal ideals. Nothing I said is deserving of the kind of attacks I received in the above posts. After all, like you I have a right to free speech, and intelligent discourse is not about insults and offensive language. Nor is it about name calling. Roger Rizzo? Is that necessary?

        I’m feel very sorry for you…you are so caught up in your own beliefs, beliefs based on character assassination and innuendo and threats, that you fail to see the big picture.

        In the photos in this article, Ms Smith, the teachers choice for a board seat is being sworn in by Issac Barcelona and his wife Shawny. Ms. Barcelona is a former school board member who was forced out of office by the same teachers union. But it looks like she, and her husband and their benefactor are back. Teachers beware but Ms. Smith be more aware. The people who support you today will turn on you tomorrow if it makes them feel better.

        And finally, in my culture we are always polite to one another. Even when we can not agree. That has been imbedded into our culture for eons. But not yours, and it’s absence will be the downfall of this country. And Mr Fox, you are not the district attorney, you are not even a private citizen any more. Your a state legislator and your umbrella should be much wider than the narrow view you seem to have now. Please just do the job you were elected to do and leave other jobs to those professionals.

        • Larryo
          December 14, 2013 at 12:59 pm

          Hey Fakhri, you talk about always being polite in your culture but earlier you call the Teacher’s Union dishonest. The Teacher’s Union clearly took the high road in this campaign. Just look at what the past board did with the budget numbers. They claimed money was so tight that teachers would be faced with a 16% pay cut(2 years plus furlough days). During all of these tight money years Roger’s pay grew to near a quarter million dollars a year. Then they give Roger a parting gift of 1/3 of a million dollars after he has his “breakdown”. I thought Roger believed in the students first. Think of what could have been done with that money in the class room. To Roger, only he was first. The house he lived in has been for sale for 5 months. Do you think he planned this whole exit? Some do. I wonder if the exboard members and Roger will be hired by one of those charter school management companies. Wouldn’t surprise me.

        • [Removed]
          December 14, 2013 at 4:12 pm

          You are a riot, Fakhri! First of all, you accuse others of character assassination, but in your initial post, you called the new board members liars, and the teachers dishonest…how is that polite? Secondly, Steve Fox is as entitled to his opinion as you are. As a legislator, it is his job to look out for his constituents, and that what he has been doing.
          Now, in regards to the new board, I personally will reserve judgement on their performance. You. on the other hand, have decided they are poor leaders before they’ve been given a chance to lead. You are one the who is closed-minded.

        • Quigley
          December 14, 2013 at 6:33 pm

          Mr. F, perhaps you and the 3 stooges should catch a flight to Vegas to help Roger Rizzo spend some of that money….money he did not earn!

    • Bubba
      December 13, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      The Brown Act deals with open board meetings or meetings of board members that constitute quorum. If Smith, Carrillo, and Ricks met with Molina and Bynum before they were sworn in, that does constitute a violation. Only 2 of 5 of the meeting were board members. 2 out of 5 does not constitute a quorum.

      • Constan Tinopla
        December 14, 2013 at 6:26 pm

        Hey Bubba, where were you when Corrales, Stanford, Ferrin & Bynum were having meetings behind close doors in “violation of the Brown Act”.

        • Bubba
          December 14, 2013 at 8:54 pm

          I was working on getting them replaced.

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