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Alhambra Unified School District swears in new board member

Wing Ho (center) stands with the Alhambra Unified School District Board of Education after his swearing-in on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Photo by Phoenix Tso.

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Alhambra , CA United States

Wing K. Ho, a Park Elementary School parent who has served on several boards and commissions in the city of Alhambra and throughout Los Angeles County, was sworn in Tuesday night as a member of the Alhambra School Board.

Ho will finish out the next two years of the term originally held by newly elected Alhambra City Councilwoman Adele Andrade-Stadler.

Before the oath of office was administered, Board of Education President Robert L. Gin commented on the process that led to Ho’s selection. Gin noted that when Andrade-Stadler resigned after her November election, the board decided in favor of a provisional appointment to fill the First Nominating District vacancy instead of of engaging in a special election that Gin said would cost as much as $100,000.

“We decided that the money was better used on the students,” Gin said.

Wing Ho was selected in a special board meeting last Thursday from a pool of nine highly qualified candidates. Gin thanked all of the candidates for their interest and, as he did in the special session, urged them to stay engaged in Alhambra civic affairs. Over the weekend, Ho resigned his seat on the Alhambra Planning Commission to devote his full energies to the school board and avoid any potential conflicts of interest.

After Alhambra City Clerk Lauren Myles administered the oath of office, Ho introduced his wife Elise Fong, and his daughter who is in the third grade, to the audience of about 35 parents and students. In his comments, Ho said he “looked forward to bringing professional experience and heart to his efforts to serve the public.”

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ho has lived in Alhambra for 18 years. He earned his bachelor of architecture degree at Southern California Institute of Architecture and has worked as a project manager and construction manager.

After his swearing in, the board recessed briefly for a short reception for Ho before engaging in the rest of the evening’s public agenda.

Updated at 12:14 p.m.

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