Eddie Garcia, president of the East Side Union High School District board, has announced that he will not seek re-election to the Board of Trustees this fall.
“After thoughtful consideration with my family, I have decided not to seek another term on the Board of Trustees for the 2010 election for the East Side Union High School District,” Garcia posted on his Facebook profile last friday.
Garcia, 46, suffered a major heart attack last June, and is currently on medical leave from his job as Chief of Staff for Supervisor George Shirakawa.
“I plan to complete my current duties, and I will continue to fight for college entrance requirements for graduation, closing the achievement gap, and after school sports,” Garcia wrote in the announcement. “I know that the East Side has a bright future, and I look forward to being part of that future.”
Though Garcia has never been elected to the controversy-rich board, he has been appointed to the position of board president twice since 2006.
Garcia was absent from the board’s July 28 meeting, when they voted 3-0 to place a parcel tax on the November ballot. The trustee’s voted in favor of the measure that could potentially bring $9 million to help pay for various academic programs in the indebted district.
In 2011-12, the East Side District will be $9.4 million in the hole. That number is projected to grow to $32.3 million worth of debt by 2012-13.
So far, current East Side board members J. Manuel Herrera and Frank Biehl have both filed for re-election. Former ousted East Side Superintendent Bob Nunez will also be running for a trustee seat. Four other candidates – Scott Hung Pham, Derek Grasty, Lupe Arellano Guido and Van T. Le. – have also pulled papers to run.