On November 21, 2013, Ira Glasky began his term as the new IUSD board member.
Out of four finalists, Ira Glasky, an attorney and a member of the districts finance committee, was appointed to serve the remainder of Gavin Huntley-Fenner’s term who announced his resignation in October. “He [Huntley-Fenner] is a great role model for me as I take my position on the Board”, said Ira Glasky.
13 Irvine residents submitted applications for the seat after the board decided to appoint a member, rather than hold an election which would have cost up to $350,000.
Not only has Ira Glasky served on the school site councils of Sierra Vista Middle School and Canyon View Elementary School, but he was also a member of the Northwood High School Athletic Boosters.
He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree and obtained a law degree from Loyola Law School.
Michael Parham, a fellow board member, said, “Ira Glasky will bring fresh ideas and perspectives to the board, and in particular, an ability to pursue potential changes in statewide legislation that may benefit students in Irvine. Glasky has some experience working on legislative matters, and so he might be able to help in this regard.”
When Ira Glasky was asked what his priority list for the IUSD was, he said, “There are a number of areas that we need to address as a board in the coming months and years”, such as state funding for IUSD, which is one of the lowest funded districts in California, technology improvements and the issue of a fifth high school.
Glasky will serve on the board until next year’s election; however, he could run again in the next election, which is to be held in November 2014.
Written by PASCAL BOCTOR