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Dominick Palera
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President - Board term expires Dec 2022
Phone: 922-4573

Dominick Palera grew up on Long Island, New York. After serving in the United States Marine Corp, he settled in California. In 1981 he moved to Santa Maria along with his wife and young daughter. He added two additional daughters to his family in the 1980s. All attended the local schools. He worked for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s department for 30 years, retiring in 2013. In November 2014, he was elected to the Santa Maria Joint Union High School Board. He is currently serving as Clerk of the Board.

Dominick is dedicated to public service. In 2014 he was appointed to the Santa Barbara County ‘Child Safety Net Task Force’, reporting to the Board of Supervisors. In 2015 he was appointed by the courts to a commissioner’s position on the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commission. He currently serves as the chairman of that commission. He also sits on the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council.

With his extensive law enforcement background Dominick brings a unique perspective as a member of the school board. He is committed to keeping our youth safe and secure as well as ensuring a quality education for all.



NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY: The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District is committed to ensuring equal, fair, and meaningful access to employment and education services. The SMJUHSD does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis and/or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics of age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, ethnic group identifications, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital, family or parental status, medical condition, military or veteran status, nationality, national origin, immigration status, political affiliation, pregnancy and related conditions, race, religion, retaliation, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by California state and federal nondiscrimination laws respectively. Not all bases of discrimination will apply to both education services and employment. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, immediately contact the District’s Discrimination, Equity and Title IX Compliance Officer Mr. Kevin R. Platt at 2560 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93455, (805) 922-4573 or kplatt@smjuhsd.org. You may request a copy of SMJUHSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures, Non-Discrimination Policies, Sexual Harassment Policies or click here.