The Board of Education of the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Monday voted to elect Scott Phelps as board president for the 2014-2015 board year by a 5-1 (abstain) vote.
Also at the organizational meeting, Kim Kenne was elected vice president and Tyron Hampton was elected clerk. The board elects officers for one year terms.
“As Board President, I hope to foster greater understanding between district staff and the community, which includes parents and the board,” said Phelps. “We need to work together in the most productive and collaborative way possible in order to achieve the goals we all have for the education of children in Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre.”
Phelps served as coordinator of the Science, Engineering and Technology Academy at John Muir High School and taught high school chemistry, physics, planetary science (astronomy), physical science, and math during the course of 15 years of teaching in PUSD schools before being elected to the PUSD Board of Education in 2005. With his extensive experience in developing hands-on science curricula and project-based integrated curricula, Phelps was a member of the founding staff of Learning Works Charter School in Pasadena, teaching science labs.
Phelps is currently teaching mathematics and astronomy at the University of La Verne, Mt. San Antonio College and Chaffey College and is a consultant for external evaluations of federal and state school reform grants received by school districts. He lives in Northwest Pasadena with his wife Lisa and their two children who attend PUSD’s McKinley School.
“I look forward to working closely with Mr. Phelps addressing topics of concern to the district and the community,” said PUSD Superintendent Jon R. Gundry. “We have had a good working relationship that I know will continue during his tenure as board president.”
Regular board meetings will continue to be held monthly. Meetings will be on the 3rd or 4th Thursday of the month with an earlier start time of 5 p.m.