City school board president clings to early lead

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SAN DIEGO —  Board of Education President John Lee Evans was leading in his bid for re-election late Tuesday.

Evans, a psychologist and former teacher came in second place in the June primary. Evans led university instructor Mark Powell, 52 percent to 48 percent.

Powell said he could no longer stand by as education was undermined by misguided leadership and poor decisions.

Evans said the district has come a long way in four years, despite the worst budget crisis in a generation. During his term, the district spared 1,500 teachers from layoffs, cut millions in administration costs and saw improvements in students’ test scores, Evans said.

Board member Richard Barrera was running unopposed to represent south and central San Diego’s sub-district D.

Marne Foster led William Ponder, 68.8 percent to 31.2 percent, in the election to replace outgoing Trustee Shelia Jackson, who represents Southeast San Diego. Foster is a community college teacher and administrator, and Ponder worked as a teacher and university administrator before retiring and has written two books on education.