Ryan Hagen, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 11/09/2011 12:07:25 AM PST

SAN BERNARDINO — Voters swept three challengers and only one of three incumbents onto the board of the San Bernardino City Unified School District, according to unofficial results from Tuesday’s election.

Five-term board member Lynda Savage was joined by newcomers Mike Gallo, an aerospace executive; long-time teacher Sharon “Bobbie” Perong and Margaret Hill, the assistant superintendent of administrative services for county schools.

Many residents said they were looking for a new direction, Perong said.

“A lot of people that I talked to, they said they were ready for a change,” she said. “Sometimes I think it’s good because it brings in new blood, new perspectives. I know that the people that were on the board, they’ve done a lot for our students, and I think they deserve our gratitude.”

Board member Teresa Parra Craig finished just behind fourth-place Gallo, while board member Elsa Valdez was ninth among the 13 candidates.

Board member Louise Ayala resigned in August for health reasons.

Three other board members were not up for election this year.

Savage declined to discuss other candidates, but she said people voted for her because they knew and liked her record.

The focus now is finding a new superintendent for the district, after the board rejected all previous candidates, Savage said.

“I really think that our job right now is to get a good superintendent in, that can really be aware that we have so much diversity in our town — someone with vision, someone with great leadership,” Savage said.

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