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Two trustees for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Board of Education were sworn in during Tuesday night’s meeting.

The meeting was held at the Support Services Center on Skyway Drive and featured Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Bill Cirone administering the oaths.

Long-time trustee Dr. Jack Garvin and the newest board member Amy Lopez were re-elected. Garvin, who took office in November 2004, will have his term expire in 2020. Lopez was appointed in February 2016 and will also have to run for re-election in 2020.

“We are happy to have our incumbent board members returning to our governance team. I look forward to working with them to ensure that that board’s vision is implemented in our district and that our students receive the best possible education,’’ said Superintendent Dr. Mark Richardson.

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 You may request a copy of SMJUHSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures, Non-Discrimination Policies, Sexual Harassment Policies or click here.