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Board of Education

Citizen oversight of local government is the cornerstone of democracy in the United States. La Mesa-Spring Valley Board of Education members are locally elected and entrusted with governing all of the schools within the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District. The role of the board is to ensure that the school district is responsive to the values, beliefs, and priorities of the community. The board fulfills this role by performing five major responsibilities: setting direction, establishing an effective and efficient structure, providing support, ensuring accountability, and providing community leadership as advocates for children, the school district and public schools. These five responsibilities represent core functions that are so fundamental to a school system’s accountability to the public that they can only be performed by an elected governing body. Authority is granted to the board as a whole, not each member individually. Therefore, board members fulfill these responsibilities by working together as a governance team with the superintendent to make decisions that will best serve all the students in the community.

Dr. Emma Turner

Dr. Emma Turner

Board President
Term expires: December 2020

Rebecca McRae

Rebecca McRae

Board Vice-President
Term expires: December 2022

Chardá Fontenot

Chardá Fontenot

Board Clerk
Term expires: December 2022

Megan Epperson

Megan Epperson

Board Member
Term expires: December 2022

Jim Long

Jim Long

Board Member
Term expires: December 2020

Trustee Areas

In response to the California Voting Rights Act, board members will be elected by trustee area beginning with the November 2020 election.  This means that each member of the Board will be elected by one of five subdivisions of the District, also known as “trustee areas.”  This change will not impact the current terms of Board members, but in the future voters will only vote once every four years for the Board member from their trustee area.  A map of the current trustee areas is available here.  

Board Meetings

Board of Education meetings are generally held monthly at the district’s Education Service Center in La Mesa (4750 Date Ave). All regular meetings are open to the public.  Regular session board meetings begin at 6:00 pm. Closed session begins at 5:00 pm (when applicable). Below are scheduled board meetings dates:

January 14, 2020
February 4, 2020
March 4, 2020
May 5, 2020
June 2, 2020
June 16, 2020

July 7, 2020
August 4, 2020
September 1, 2020
October 6, 2020
November 3, 2020
December 15, 2020

Board Agendas

Click below to access our online board agendas and minutes on BoardDocs.


Board Policies

The public may access La Mesa-Spring Valley School District Board Policies by clicking onto the website above and when prompted type: 
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District Spotlight

Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten sets students up for success by building academic, social and emotional skills that will benefit them for a lifetime! Enrollment is now open for TK in the 2020-2021 school year across the district.


Kindness Challenge at STEAM Academy

Spread the word about kindness at STEAM Academy! STEAM Academy is a grades 4-8 school specializing in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.


Kindergarten Wisdom

Kindergarten enrollment is now open in LMSV schools. Visit to learn about upcoming parent information meetings and options for kindergarten.