Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 – 1:32 PM
By Laura Coleman
Longtime Beverly Hills resident and former Board of Education president Mel Spitz today announced his candidacy for one of three seats on the Beverly Hills Board of Education that will be up for grabs in the November election. Other candidates who have already confirmed their intention to run are Board President Brian Goldberg, and retiring Beverly Hills High School Principal Carter Paysinger, a non-resident who must first move into the City in order to become a legitimate candidate.
Stated Spitz: “I am honored to have received the signatures of over 100 residents urging me to run for a seat on the School Board. I have considered this carefully, and I believe my nine years on the Board, three years on the District Finance Committee, corporate experience and financial background are essential for resolving the financial and organizational problems of the District. To serve the community once again I will be a candidate in November, and I look forward to discussing the issues with the voters over the course of the election campaign.”
A lot has changed in the 36 years since Spitz last served on the Board of Education from 1970-79; but one thing that hasn’t shifted, is his commitment to the City’s schools. Spitz served as a founding member of the BHUSD’s Finance Committee for three years from 2011-13 and has been a constant, outspoken voice about ways he believes the school district can improve.
Board members Noah Margo and Lewis Hall, whose terms end in November, have yet to confirm their intention to run for reelection.