The Lakeport Unified School District Board of Education is a five-member Board, elected from the school district at large. Each member serves a four-year term. A student representative is also selected annually by Clear Lake High School to serve on the LUSD Board. Our Board meets monthly and holds occasional workshops. The public is always invited to attend the meetings, and the agendas are available at the District Office.
The role of the Board is to serve as a policy-making body for the school district. The Board is charged with providing the best possible education for the children of the Lakeport Unified School District in accordance with federal and state laws. Among the Board’s numerous duties is the adoption of the annual budget, approval of all expenditures, employment of personnel, approval of the curriculum, textbooks, and courses of study, approval of facility plans and construction contracts. Action can only be taken when the Board is meeting in formal session with a majority of its members present.
If you have any questions regarding the School Board, please contact the Superintendent at (707) 262-3000.
School Board Members
Dennis Darling, recently elected president, has served on the LUSD Governing Board for 11 years and during many of those years he served as president of the board. Dennis and his wife have successfully owned and operated grocery stores in Lake County for almost 30 years.
He is a 31 year resident of Lakeport and has had two children and numerous exchange students graduate from Clear Lake High School.
“It is my hope to foster a culture of continuous improvement, to advocate for public education and provide outstanding education to the children of our district.”
Term expires December 2017
Phil Kirby, has served on the LUSD board for 5 years. He is a retired Lake County educator serving 27 years as a secondary school administrator and 4 years as a superintendent. Within that period of time, he was the director of the Lake County Court/Community Schools for 20 years. Phil earned a BA from CSU Sacramento and a Master’s Degree from University of San Francisco. Phil’s wife is a retired principal. His daughter is a school principal and his son is a CHP Officer.
“I believe joy is the essence of learning.”
Term expires December 2019.
Lori Holmes, Member
Lori Holmes was elected to the board in the fall of 2011. She received an undergraduate degree from University of California San Diego and a Master’s of Science from UC Davis. Lori has worked as a registered dietician for 20 years and currently is a renal dietician. Lori has two children attending school in the district and her husband is a veterinarian in Lakeport.
“I believe optimum health is necessary for students to achieve academic excellence and to become productive members of our community. I would like to promote a healthy lifestyle for our students by focusing on improving eating habits and increasing physical activity.”
Term expires December 2019.
Tom Powers has served on the LUSD board for 9 years. He is a graduate of Clear Lake High School and earned an electrical engineering degree from University of Pacific. Tom is the owner of Lake County Electric Supply. His two children attend school in the district and he also volunteers as a wrestling coach at Clear Lake High School.
“I hope to help create and support a district culture that provides an exciting academic atmosphere for student learning and a positive work environment enabling staff growth and development.”
Term expires December 2017.
Lynn Andre, Member (photo coming soon!)
Lynn Andre was appointed to the board in December 2016. Lynn received a Bachelor of Arts from CSU Chico. She first came to the field of education by providing occupational therapy services to students. She then began working as a site supervisor for the Healthy Start program with the Lake County Office of Education. As the Director of Special Programs for LUSD for eight years, she provided numerous support services to students and families. She has two children who attended K-12th grade in the district. Both of her daughters and her husband are teachers in local school districts.
“Education is an opportunity for everyone in every phase of life”.