Rodriguez’s term on Del Mar school board ends

By Karen Billing

Outgoing trustee Comischell Rodriguez said a tearful goodbye to the Del Mar Union School District board at her last meeting on Nov. 14.

Superintendent Holly McClurg said that Rodriguez has been an exemplary leader for the district through her vision, passion, perseverance, courage and caring.

“You were the type of leader we needed at a certain time,” McClurg said before presenting Rodriguez with a gift of artwork by a DMUSD teacher featuring district children.

Rodriguez said that her last 12 years in the district and four on the board have been a blessing. She said she truly believes the district offers the finest public education possible.

“We will always credit our teachers for giving so freely to the children so they can grow individually and intellectually,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said she joined the board four years ago out of frustration that the board was trying too hard to fix things that weren’t broken. She joined right after the ouster of Superintendent Tom Bishop and her campaign based on balance never saw the light of day as she ran unopposed.

During the first two years of her term, she said she weathered some choppy waters watching leadership in the district change but said now they have restored “balance and well being.”

“The focus is back on the business of educating our students,” Rodriguez said.

She said superintendent Holly McClurg sets a positive tone and leads the district with grace and dignity. Rodriguez also welcomed new board member Alan Kholos and said that he will be a perfect fit with the seating board that is “knowledgeable, thoughtful and willing to state their opinions for open and honest dialogue.”

Kholos will join the board at its Dec. 19 meeting.