IAN J. MACDONALD APPOINTED TO
THE CENTRALIA SCHOOL BOARD
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ian J. Macdonald (714) 883-4356
BUENA PARK, CA – The Centralia Elementary School District’s Board of Trustees have unanimously voted to appoint Ian J. Macdonald to serve as Trustee, to complete the term ending December 2020.
Macdonald, age 21, served as the Chair of Centralia’s Citizen’s Oversight Committee and has been active with the district for years. Macdonald’s appointment was supported by former Centralia Teachers’ Association President Rhodia Shead, former Centralia Trustee Steve Harris, Buena Park City Councilman Connor Traut, and numerous PTA parents. Macdonald received four votes, while the other candidate received zero.
Macdonald volunteered with Centralia’s Neighborhood Resource Center which allowed for the opportunity to impart awareness to underprivileged families about the various resources available to them. As Chair, Macdonald retained a diverse comprehension of projects and improvements that will benefit our students, families, teachers, and staff.
“Our children are the key to the future. Therefore, they deserve the best from public education. I believe that our district has the potential for even greater heights, and I am ready to help build the new doors for our children to open,” said Macdonald, “I hope to implement a Dual-Language Immersion Program, establish Parent Academies on campuses, and collaborate with local governments and nonprofits to increase student safety.”
Macdonald has experience in education as a behavioral interventionist for children with autism and as a board director of an education nonprofit, as well as community involvement at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Centralia’s Neighborhood Resource Center.
The Centralia School Board governs a $50 million budget for elementary schools in Buena Park, Cypress, La Palma, and West Anaheim. Centralia serves approximately 4,470 students, who speak over 20 languages at home, including Spanish, Korean, and Tagalog.