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.

Rebecca McRae

Rebecca McRae

Board President
Current Term: 2018-2022
Trustee Area 2

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Chardá Bell-Fontenot

Board Vice-President
Current Term: 2018-2022
Trustee Area 3

Megan Epperson

Board Clerk
Current Term: 2018-2022
Trustee Area 1

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Minerva Martinez Scott

Board Member
Current Term: 2020-2024
Trustee Area 5

Sarah Rhiley

Sarah Rhiley

Board Member
Current Term: 2020-2024
Trustee Area 4

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. 

Click below to view the current map of our trustee areas.


Board Meetings

Board of Education meetings are generally held monthly at the district office 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).

Meeting Format
Due to emergency health orders because of the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings of the La Mesa-Spring Valley District Board of Education are being held by video conference (Zoom). Members of the public can attend the meeting online or over the phone per the instructions on the applicable board agenda. Please note that Governor Newsom’s Executive Order (N-29-20) issued on March 17, 2020 provides, in part, as follows: “All requirements in…the Brown Act expressly or impliedly requiring the physical presence of members, the clerk or other personnel of the body, or of the public as a condition of participation in or quorum for a public meeting are hereby waived.”

Public Comments
During this time, public comments must be received one hour before the start of each board meeting. Written or pre-recorded audio comments will be read or played by the meeting facilitator during the allotted time on the agenda. Comments must not exceed three minutes in length when read. Written comments may be submitted online at or pre-recorded audio comments may be submitted via email at

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


Calendar of Meetings

January 12, 2021
February 2, 2021
March 16, 2021
April 20, 2021
May 18, 2021
June 1, 2021 (Public Hearings, LCAP & Budget)

June 15, 2021
August 3, 2021
September 9, 2021 (Thursday)
October 5, 2021
November 2, 2021
December 14, 2021 (Organizational Meeting)

Board Policies

Click below to access our online board policies and regulations on Simbli.


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