Holly Lewry, a Solana Beach business owner, will be sworn in to the Solana Beach School District board on Thursday, Dec. 11. Lewry will take the seat previously held by Jeff Busby, who is leaving after serving nine years on the board.
Lewry has lived in the school district for eight-and-a-half years and owns IT executive search firm TGR Partners. She is also a certified life purpose and career coach with Daylight Coaching and has a BA in accounting from the University of Washington.
Her three daughters attended Solana Vista and Skyline Schools from 2006 through 2014. They now attend Earl Warren Middle, Torrey Pines High School and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.
Lewry also serves as Skyline School’s site president for the Solana Beach Foundation for Learning and is a founding member of the Solana Beach Fund, a newly developed fund to support local organizations that assist Solana Beach community outreach programs.
Why do you want to serve on the Solana Beach School District Board?
I believe in public education and I have been very impressed with the education my daughters received in the Solana Beach School District. I am excited to be part of the leadership of this district and to help further our focus on educational excellence.
What do you think are the biggest issues facing the district and how would you propose addressing those issues?
I think overall in California, financial uncertainty is one of the biggest issues. I agree with how our district has made financially responsible and conservative decisions in spending without compromising the quality of education for our students. Another issue for our district is facilities improvement for the older schools. I would support moving forward with a strategic plan to improve each school site in order to support our students and teachers in the most effective learning environment possible.
Have you regularly attended board meetings?
Do you agree with the way the board operates or do you think any changes need to be made?
I agree with the way the board currently operates and as an observer did not see any changes that needed to be made.
What will you bring to the school board?
I bring a diversity of experience including professional (financial and human resources), parenting, private and public school experience outside the district and eight years of experience within the SBSD schools.
How do you think your experience can help address the issues that come before you?
My experience and the ability to listen to all sides of an issue will help in taking decisive action aligned with the overall vision of Solana Beach School District.
What do you most like about the Solana Beach School District?
The people! I recently toured all of the schools and I was so impressed with how consistent the quality and enthusiasm of the faculty is throughout all of the schools.