Del Mar school district board to choose new trustee from two candidates

The Del Mar Union School District board will choose from two candidates for a new trustee to fill its board vacancy at the board’s Aug. 6 meeting. The board will conduct public interviews with candidates Darren Gretler and Daniel Lee, make a selection and administer the oath of office at the meeting. While the meeting is after press time for this newspaper, check online at for the results (which will also be published in next week’s newspaper).

The new board member will replace Alan Kholos, who moved out of the district. The candidate will be appointed to fill the rest of his four-year term, up for re-election in November 2016.

Gretler works for San Diego County as the assistant director of the department of planning and development services. A father of two, he is a member of the Dads’ Club at Sage Canyon Elementary School and his wife, Erika, has been a room parent, and served on the school site council, and the PTA executive board.

“I want to serve our community,” wrote Gretler in his application. “As I consider opportunities to serve, I look for opportunities that align with my interests, knowledge and experience. There is nothing more important to me than my children and their education.”

Lee has worked with global Fortune 100 companies such as LG, Hitachi and JBL. He also served on the board of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization.

In his application, he said he is passionate about being involved in his neighborhood, with youth athletics and arts and sciences, and has a strong desire to join the board “to provide access to the best opportunities to help shape the future of not only (my) two children but every child within the community.”

In March, the district went through a similar process to fill a board vacancy left by Doug Perkins. At that time, 11 candidates applied for the position, with Erica Halpern being appointed. Gretler was among those who applied in March.