Norma Amezcua chosen to fill vacant school board seat

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NORWALK – By a 6-0 vote, the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District board of education appointed Norwalk resident Norma Amezcua to fill the board seat left vacant by the resignation of Sean Reagan.

Amezcua is scheduled to be sworn in May 29 in the board chambers where she was selected from four finalists including David Randall Fox, Christopher L. Staples and Jorge Tirade.

Amezcua and Tirado were also candidates in last year’s selection process to replace Margarita Rios after she resigned and won a seat on the Norwalk City Council.

Darrell Adams, long time school board member, did take the time to mention that no representation from the Norwalk council were present at the evening’s proceedings.

All candidates seemed genuinely nervous but Amezcua kept her answers specific and on target.

All four candidates were praised for their qualifications and efforts in the selection process in one form or another from all six board members as they cast their votes in the final choice between Amezcua and Staples.

Amezcua currently is the assistant director of early care and education programs for the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF). She is also a member of Norwalk’s Social Service Commission.

She will not have much time for rest as her board seat is up for election in November. Amezcua said she plans on running.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Amezcua earned a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Oaks College in Human Development and a Master of Education Degree in Human Development, Family Studies and Related Services from Cal State Long Beach. 

Raul Samaniego, contributor