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During its monthly meeting on December 3, the San Bernardino County Board of Education unanimously elected Hardy Brown II to serve as president for the coming year.
Brown was just elected to a new four-term on the board in November. He represents Trustee Area D which includes the communities of Rialto, San Bernardino and Snowline. Before the board meeting, Brown, and newly elected Board members Ken Larson of Trustee Area A and Rita Fernandez-Loof of Trustee Area B, were sworn into office.
Brown was born and raised in San Bernardino and attended local schools through high school before attending Wilberforce University in Ohio.
After earning a degree at Wilberforce, he taught career development. He also directed the university’s Cooperative Education and Professional Services Program.
Since returning to Southern California he has worked tirelessly on behalf of inland region.
Brown was not the only board member elevated to a leadership role on the board last week. Laura Mancha, who represents Trustee Area C was elected to serve as the board’s vice president. Mancha represents Trustee Area C, which includes the school districts of Chaffey Joint Union, Chino Valley, Cucamonga, Fontana, Mountain View and portions of Ontario-Montclair.
In their new roles, Brown and Mancha will help lead the board in the coming year as it establishes policy, adopts an annual budget, approves building plans and hears student expulsion, inter-district transfer and charter school appeals.