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Favela to lead FUESD's vision as governing board president

FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District Governing Board concluded its Monday, Dec. 11, regular meeting by unveiling a new organizational structure that promises a new leadership framework for the upcoming year.

In a collective decision, the board members voted in favor of Ricardo Favela as the new governing board president. Suzanne Lundin was appointed vice president, while Mary McBride will serve as clerk, bringing together a team rich in experience, vision and dedication.

As Favela steps into his new role, the board said he is poised to lead the district with his leadership acumen and commitment to enhancing educational standards. As a native of Fallbrook, Favela offered his connections and engagement with the community spanning decades, characterized by his influential leadership and advocacy efforts.

Favela's passion for the district's success is not only professional but also personal, he said, as his three children are enrolled in Fallbrook schools.

"I am very honored and excited to step into this role, especially at this moment," Favela said. "With our new superintendent and district leadership, there is renewed energy and focus on student achievement and success. We are already witnessing progress, and I am confident that we will continue to improve. I am proud to be part of such a dynamic team effort working to move our district forward together."

Suzanne Lundin, as the incoming vice president, will offer invaluable expertise in strategic planning and organizational development, according to the board.

Mary McBride was appointed as clerk, bringing a diverse educational journey to the board with experience as a Spanish teacher, teacher's aide, preschool teacher and six years as a classroom volunteer.

FUESD Superintendent Monika Hazel shared her enthusiasm for the future of FUESD's new leaders.

"With the appointments of Favela, Lundin and McBride, I am confident in the capability of our new leadership team to steer FUESD towards continued success," Hazel said. "Their collective experience and passion for education will undoubtedly make a positive impact on our students and community."

The governing board's next regular meeting will take place in the new year, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m.

Submitted by Fallbrook Union Elementary School District.


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