Bassett Unified School District board member Laura Santos and Rowland Unified School District board member Robert Hidalgo were elected yesterday (Nov. 5) to the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees. They will be sworn in to begin their four-year terms at the Dec. 11 board meeting.
The election of Santos and Hidalgo expanded the Mt. SAC governing board from five to seven elected members due to redistricting, and they are the first to be elected within the new trustee geographic areas. Santos will represent District 3, which includes La Puente, Bassett, Baldwin Park and Irwindale. Hidalgo will represent District 4, which includes most of West Covina and Valinda.
They will join incumbent trustees David K. Hall (District 2) and Judy Chen Haggerty (District 6), who were unopposed in this election, as well as Rosanne Bader (District 1), Fred Chyr (District 5), and Manuel Baca (District 7). The board’s student trustee, Karina Maureira, is elected annually by the Mt. SAC student body. The governing board establishes policies relative to the college’s strategic mission and direction regarding instruction, governance, and operations.
Santos has served on the Bassett district board since 2007. She also serves on the Los Angeles County School Trustee Association’s community college subcommittee. Santos earned a B.A. in political science at UCLA and a law degree at UC Davis. She has practiced law and currently practices public relations in the San Gabriel Valley.
Hidalgo, who has served on the Rowland district board for eight years, is an assistant principal at Glen A. Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights. He is a former board member of the California Latino School Board Association and a former board president of the La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program. Hidalgo is a graduate of CSU Fullerton (B.A., History) and Cal Poly Pomona (M.A., Education).