4 finalists selected Foster’s school board position
SAN DIEGO — Four finalists were selected Wednesday night in the search to select a successor to Marne Foster, who resigned from the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education.
The finalists are Brenda Campbell, LaShae Collins, Erica Dibello-Hitta and Sharon Whitehurst-Payne. They were selected from a group of 10 candidates who addressed the board for three minutes each.
Two ballots were taken at a special, two-hour meeting that was held at Herbert Ibarra Elementary School in City Heights, where dozens of District E residents turned out.
The board had previously voted to allow three candidates to move forward.
Campbell is a retired administrator for San Diego City Schools; Collins the district director for Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego; Dibello- Hitta, a native of Argentina who came to the U.S. as a sixth grader, teaches English as a second language to adults in the Sweetwater Union High School District; and Whitehurst-Payne is a retired teacher and administrator for the San Diego Unified School District .
Collins and Whitehurst-Payne are running for the seat in the June primary. Because the seat representing Southeast San Diego is up for election this year, board members opted against holding a special election to fill the position.
“It’s time for us in Southeast San Diego to stop remediating our students,” Whitehurst-Payne said. “Let them know there is a bigger world out there.”
Campbell had a similar sentiment in her remarks to the board.
By Paul Levikow, City News Service