Juan Benitez Named LBUSD President

The Long Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education has named Board Member Juan Benitez as its next president. Benitez received a unanimous vote one year after he was passed up for the leadership role.

Megan Kerr, who twice nominated Benitez, will remain vice president of the board. She had expressed great disappointment after the nomination failed last year. Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and State Sen. Lena Gonzalez had too.

Kerr thanked current president Diana Craighead for her hard work during a year of immense challenges.

“You took some punches, you handled them always with grace and I think honored our district in your service. I want to thank my colleagues for your vote of confidence,” she said.

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