Solana Beach school board sends well wishes to ailing member Doug Perkins of Del Mar


The Solana Beach School board offered well wishes to a member of the county’s school board “family” during its Feb. 11 board meeting.

Doug Perkins, who served on the Del Mar Union School District board for the past six years, suffered a stroke Feb. 8 and was taken to the intensive care unit at Scripps Memorial Hospital.

His wife of more than 20 years, Carolyn, and children have updated family, friends and the greater community on his condition via CaringBridge, a website that allows people to get updates and offer support and encouragement.

“I really feel like as school boards, we’re one big, giant family,” said board member Julie Union, who learned about Perkins’ condition while talking to one of her colleagues on the Del Mar Union School District board. “I just wanted to share this information, so we can keep him in our thoughts and our prayers.”

According to the journal entries on CaringBridge, Perkins has had multiple scans to monitor the bleeding and swelling of his brain. He opened his eyes three days after the stroke. He has since communicated to family and health professionals by shaking his head and moving his hands, according to the site at press time.

After serving the Del Mar district for the past six years, Perkins resigned in January to assume a new position on the San Diego County Office of Education board.

The county board also offered well wishes to Perkins during its Feb. 11 meeting.

“Doug Perkins, our colleague and board member, would have been here this evening, but due to critical illness, he could not attend,” said Board President Lyn Neylon. “We just really want to wish him a very speedy recovery.”

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