January 17, 2013 (La Mesa) – La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board trustee Penny Halgren announced her immediate resignation at Tuesday’s meeting. Halgren said she is moving to Aracadia Los Angeles County to be with her boyfriend. Halgren has served on the board since 2002 and was reelected in 2010.
Asked whether the opening will be filled by appointment or by special election, Barbara Martinez, executive assistant to Superintendent Brian Marshall, told ECM, “That will be up to the Board to decide at the February 5 meeting.”
Jay Steiger, a former PTA president who twice ran for the Board and was endorsed by the La Mesa Spring-Valley Teachers' Association, told La Mesa Patch that he plans to apply to fill the vacancy if the board chooses appointment instead of election.
Halgren said she is going to “miss the challenges and working with people who are totally committed to the best education for children.”