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LW has been divided among four voting areas

2020 OC VOTE

Chris Forehan is a candidate for the Los Alamitos Unified School District, Board of Education, Trustee Area 2, which includes parts of Leisure World. He is running against Jody L. Roubanis.

The Orange County Committee on School District Organization and the State Board of Education recently approved the Los Alamitos Unified School District Board plan to divide the district into five trustee voting areas.

Leisure World, once a single voting area, has been divided among four voting areas, according to a Los Alamitos Unified School District map. It redistributes schools across the trustee areas, with Lee and Weaver elementary schools and Oak Middle School in Area 2. Area 2 includes the northern and western parts of Los Alamitos and Rossmoor but does not include College Park West, which is linked to central Seal Beach in Area 5.

Areas 2 and 4 are currently vacant. Instead of voting for all five members of the school board, a voter will select one trustee to represent his or her area of the school district.

The school board moved to a trustee-area voting system because the California Voting Rights Act strongly discourages the previous at-large system. Dividing the school district into trustee areas helps ensure that minority group voting rights in the community are protected and not abridged or diluted.

Candidate Chris Forehan has worked in education for 38 years as a teacher, principal and retired as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services (K-12). His goals are to use science-based rationale for decisions about how schools work; maintain the priority of maximizing learning for all students in academics, the arts, athletics and activities; and emphasize the importance of honoring all people, their backgrounds, their culture and their stories. He also seeks to maintain the fiscal integrity of the district so that dollars are available in this 5

difficult time and in the future.

He has two children who were educated in the Los Alamitos Unified School District, qualifying them to enter four-year universities out of high school. He has two grandsons attending Lee Elementary.

He has lived in Trustee Area 2 for 40 years.

Candidate Jody L. Roubanis could not be reached for comment.

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