By Ian Hanigan
On Tuesday night, the IUSD Board of Education accepted the latest installment of the Irvine Company’s generous pledge of more than $20 million for art, music and science. And board members also approved the first reading of a sweeping technology plan.
But in between, it was time to bid farewell to a longtime friend and colleague.
This week’s session marked the final regular meeting for Dr. Gavin Huntley-Fenner, who announced in October his plans to step down from the board on Nov. 21. Huntley-Fenner, a scientist who has published research on language acquisition and the early development of mathematics, has served IUSD since 2005.
Before adjourning for a brief reception, fellow board members and staff praised Huntley-Fenner as a thoughtful and dedicated leader who has advocated passionately on behalf of important issues, including school equity, special education, legislative action for full funding and a data-driven approach to pursuing continuous improvement.
“Honestly, it’s been an honor and a pleasure to work with you,” board member Michael Parham said. “In the times that we’ve agreed, it’s been for the right reasons. And the times that we’ve disagreed, it’s been for legitimate reasons too.”
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