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Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District's Board of Education candidates (from left) Linda Reid, Aura Imbarus and Jeff Frankel. Not pictured: Joseph E. Dileva. (Courtesy photos)

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District’s race for the Board of Education during the Nov. 3 election has a familiar name and three new faces in contention.

One incumbent, current board President Suzanne Seymour isn’t running for re-election, but board member Linda Reid is.

The terms for the three other members on the PVPUSD board will expire in 2022.

That means there will be four candidates vying for two seats — meaning the board will have at least one new member.

Reid’s opponents include educator Joseph E. Dileva, business consultant Jeff Frankel and educator and author Aura Imbarus.

“I wouldn’t be running if I didn’t think I could be helpful,” said Reid, who has been on the board since 2014. “I’ve learned a lot since I’ve been on the board.

Reid said her time on the board has been mostly positive, though the district has faced challenges — including how to get students safely back in classrooms amid the coronavirus pandemic.

That is the biggest obstacle at the moment.

“We need to get everyone back,” Reid said, “and we’re spending a lot of time working on that and we will need to be ready for every scenario.” 

Dileva, meanwhile, has been an educator for almost 30 years, working in many roles, including as a special education teacher. He is currently principal of Walnut Park STEM Academy, part of the Los Angeles Unified School District..

“I want to help create the best learning experience for the students served by our district so they continue to benefit society as a whole,” Dileva said. “I will continue to ensure our community’s traditions are honored and that our legacy of service and compassion for others will endure beyond our times.”

Imbarus has taught at El Camino and L.A. Harbor colleges, as well as West Torrance High. She said she has seen firsthand the struggles that some students are working through so far this year with virtual learning. Schools should open — as safely as possible — for the good of students, she said.

“This has been a challenging time and technologically challenging,” she said, “along with the strain it is putting on the body and eyes.”

Imbarus also expressed concern about students’ mental health during the pandemic.

Frankel, for his part, is already involved in the district. He is part of the district’s Budget Advisory Committee. He provided a different look at the district’s future.

“As a member of the Budget Advisory Committee, I have taken the approach of identifying waste and bringing attention to not-before-seen revenue opportunities,” he said in an email. “I have been encouraging PVPUSD to participate in a program designed to reimburse the district for many services that our Special Education Program students receive such as speech therapy, physical, and occupational therapy, to name a few through the Medi-Cal system.

“This same program,” he added, “will also reimburse PVPUSD for some of the costs of transportation, administration costs and IEP meetings.”

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