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Wilcox will not seek reelection to school board

The two-term board member ends an 'inspiring' yet 'frustrating' career

March 14, 2011|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • From left, La Cañada Supt. Jim Stratton, then school board President Scott Tracy and school board member Cindy Wilcox discuss fluctuating budget numbers and enrollment issues at the La Cañada School board meeting on March 23, 2010.
From left, La Cañada Supt. Jim Stratton, then… (Megan O'Neil )

Cindy Wilcox announced Monday she will not seek reelection to the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board after serving two “inspiring and uplifting” yet “frustrating” four-year terms on the board.

Wilcox joined the school board in December 2003 and began her second term in December 2007. She ran unopposed both times, first with Jinny Dalbeck in 2003 and again with current board colleague Jeanne Broberg in 2007, as one of two candidates for two open positions. Wilcox and Broberg’s seat will be up for grabs in the upcoming Nov. 8 election.

“I regret that I will be leaving the board during a period of financial crisis, but the hard times are not going to end soon,” Wilcox said in a prepared statement. “We need people with new ideas and a fresh approach.”

Throughout her years of service, Wilcox has often been the “odd man out” in matters of business, such as teacher evaluations and the possibility of operating the district under a charter status. Fellow board member Joel Peterson said in an interview Monday that regardless of her methods, he’s always respected Wilcox's dedication to students and to the district.

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“I think Cindy has always been much more independent to the extent where she has been willing to often voice things, which maybe in some people’s opinions was less than prudent or not within standard procedures, but she was also focused what she thought was the best intent of what she was doing,” Peterson said. “Because of her efforts our school district, even after she leaves the board, will continue to be set up for success for years to come.”

When Wilcox first came to the board in 2003, she set three main goals to accomplish. Ultimately, she admits, she’s been unsuccessful with all of them.

“After I got on the board, the board agreed to work on class-size reduction and we did,” Wilcox said. “We started bringing class sizes down but now, in this financial crisis, class sizes have gone back up. We made some progress but it didn’t last.”

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