A private group of educators, philanthropists, business leaders and others are polling San Diegans about whether they want to see appointed members added to the San Diego Unified school board, according to parents who have gotten phone calls about the new proposal.
The survey asks parents whether they would want to see four appointed members join the five existing elected trustees to make up a bigger school board with nine trustees. The new members would be appointed by a community committee that could include university leaders, labor union representatives and other local leaders. Phone pollers asked parents about who they’d want on the committee.
The idea emerged from an informal group of people who were upset by former Superintendent Terry Grier’s departure months ago for Houston. Ever since, the group has been meeting privately at the University of San Diego and discussing ways to improve the school system, largely through changing the way it is governed.
The group earlier reviewed a report commissioned by businessman Rod Dammeyer, which explored how San Diego might put schools under mayoral control or expand its school board. Creating a larger school board was one idea touted by Grier to change the balance of power in the school district.