Mike Madriaga 3:29 p.m., Sept. 16
Appointment Trend Continues In Chula Vista Elementary
On Tuesday night the Chula Vista Elementary School District swore in new trustee Glendora Tremper. According to the Union-Tribune article that first published the news, Tremper currently works as a bilingual language, speech, and hearing specialist for the South Bay Union School District.
Less than two years ago, Tremper was part of a five-member search team that selected Chula Vista Elementary's new superintendent, Francisco Escobedo.
An August 2010 Union-Tribune article reported that Tremper served on the selection committee as a parent representative and was employed at South Bay Union as a student support service coordinator. At the time, Escobedo was assistant superintendent of South Bay.
Four out of the five Chula Vista Elementary board members have now been appointed: Larry Cunningham, David Bejarano, Douglas Luffborough III, and Glendora Tremper.
The process has been the subject of criticism recently as many feel the appointee gains an electoral advantage. A recent editorial in the newspaper La Prensa stated: "For all intents and purposes this whole appointment process feels as though it was predetermined...with the next board member selected by a few instead of by an election. It's like the movie GroundHog Day, where the same thing keeps happening over and over."