Dr. George McKenna first to officially file with L.A. City Clerk’s office as a candidate to fill LAUSD district 1 board vacancy. (Courtesy of McKenna for School Board 2014)
Revered educator first to file for Los Angeles Unified School District Board District 1 seat
Today esteemed educator and school administrator Dr. George McKenna, III, whose turnaround of South Los Angeles’ Washington Prep High School led to an award-winning movie starring Denzel Washington, made it official as he was the first to file as a candidate to fill the Los Angeles Unified School District Board District 1 seat.
McKenna had been the source of a month-long grassroots campaign to pressure the LAUSD board to immediately appoint him to complete the late Marguerite LaMotte’s term, which ends on June 30, 2015. Over 100 parent groups, education groups and community leaders, including school board members, elected officials and ecumenical leaders, endorsed the “Appoint McKenna Now” effort. On January 7, in a controversial 4-2 decision, the school board voted to conduct a special election to fill the seat instead of appointing an interim replacement with full voting privileges that would have led to immediate representation.
LAUSD Board District 1 spans from Windsor Hills to the southwest, Cheviot Hills to the northwest, Hancock Park to the north, University Park to the northeast and parts of Gardena to the southeast and has been represented by an African-American since districts were first established in 1979. At 41 percent, it is the only LAUSD district with a plurality of African-American voters. The special election will be held during the June 3, 2014 state primary ballot, with a runoff if no candidate reaches 50% +1 vote scheduled for August 12, 2014.
“The confidence the community has recently shown in my experience and qualifications to complete Marguerite LaMotte’s term and serve our children on the school board has been humbling,” said McKenna. “So I am in it, and I expect to win it.”