Moreno wins 33 % of vote in bid for LUSD Board

By Nancy Gutierrez

Frank Moreno lead the election winning a seat on the Lindsay Unified School District Board with 33 percent of the votes.

There were two open seats on the board with only one incumbent, Mercy Herrera, running again. Paul Newkirk chose not to run for re-election. Herrera was re-elected with 29 percent of the vote.

This was Moreno's first experience running for any kind of office.

"I was nervous and surprised at the outcome," Moreno said. "It was a very humbling experience for me. Its hard to drive around town and see your name on billboards and signs."

Moreno owns a cabinet making company in Lindsay. The company was started more than 40 years ago by Moreno's father. Moreno took over 18 years ago and has owned it ever since. Moreno and his wife, Cathy have three children in the district. His son Jeremy, 17, and daughter Christina, 15, attend Lindsay High School. His other son Garrett, 9, goes to Lincoln Elementary School.

Now that he is a board member Moreno said he will work with the other board members to move the district forward and continue achieving the goals that have been set. He said one of his concerns is over-crowding in schools.

"I expect to see the schools grow in numbers,' he said. "I know the district is looking into different avenues. Additional classrooms will be needed, hopefully there will be a new high school."

Moreno said he believes being a school board memberis an important job that he does not plan on taking lightly.

"I will look out for the children in the district," he said. "I want to thank those who put their trust in me. I also want to thank Robin Leavens for throwing her support my way."

Superintendent Janet Kliegl said although she is sorry to see Newkirk go, she believes Moreno is a good person who cares about the district.

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