10:00 PM PDT on Saturday, August 20, 2011


An education advocate, who recently called for an audit of two San Bernardino City Unified charter schools, and two veteran educators are three of the 13 candidates for four seats on the school board in the Nov. 8 election.

Incumbents Teresa Parra Craig, a mother of four and community volunteer; Lynda Savage, a former teacher; and Elsa Valdez, a professor at Cal State San Bernardino; are running for re-election. Incumbent Louise Ayala is resigning Aug. 31 for health reasons.

Candidate Gil Navarro, a member of the San Bernardino County Board of Education, attended Tuesday’s city school board meeting. There, he requested an audit of the Public Safety Academy to hunt for financial abuse, and he asked the district to look into Casa Ramona because of what he said were a lack of English Language Learner and special education classes.

Navarro also frequently represents students facing expulsion.

Margaret B. Hill, an assistant superintendent for administrative services at the county superintendent’s office; and Sharon “Bobbie” Perong, a teacher in the school district, are also challenging the incumbents.

Challenger Anna M. Cox said the large field of candidates proves that many people believe that change is needed.

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