Village News staff
At a special meeting of the Fallbrook Union High School District Board of Trustees, Monday night, Feb. 13, Jim Dooley was appointed to fill a vacancy for the Zone 1 seat, left when Courtney Hilborn resigned shortly after being sworn in.
The special meeting ended about 5:30 p.m. and the regular board meeting started at 6 p.m. with the swearing in of Dooley.
The positives noted about Dooley were his 45 years in Fallbrook and the fact that he and his wife Jean hosted 12 foreign exchange students in their home. The one concern was that possibly his many connections in the community wouldn't be the young parents served by the school, as would be Kelly Hansen who was a candidate with four kids in Fallbrook schools and sports.
Vice President Oscar Caralampio made the motion to appoint Dooley to the seat. Board President Eddie Jones seconded the motion. Paul Christensen voted no. The motion carried with a 2 to 1 majority.
There is still a vacant seat for Zone 2 which includes Camp Pendleton. Jones and one speaker addressed the issue that the board members are currently all men and it would be helpful to have a woman on the board.