That’s because it will be the last meeting at which Dr. Laura Schwalm will sit as superintendent of the GGUSD. After 16 years serving as the top educator in the K-12 system, third-biggest in Orange County, Schwalm is stepping down effective June 30.
Gabriela Mafi, now the assistant superintendent for secondary education, will assume the post of superintendent on July 1.
Although Schwalm won’t be the professional leading the GGUSD, she plans on remaining available for several months to ease the transition.
Schwalm is now a nationally renowned educator who has mentored other superintendents and school officials. Under her leadership, school test scores in the district have risen dramatically and the GGUSD was the 2004 winner of the Broad Prize, honoring the district as the best urban school system in the United States.
Topping the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting will be two public hearings. One will be on the proposed annual budget, and the other on the special education annual service plan.
Additionally, the board will consider ratification of a tentative agreement between the district and the Garden Grove Pupil Personnel Services Association, which represents counselors and psychologists, as well as consideration of salary increases for school board members.
The GGUSD serves most of Garden Grove and parts of Anaheim, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster.
The board will meet at 7 p.m. in the Education Center, 10331 Stanford Ave., Garden Grove.