Knollenberg, Tiet, and Ridley Sworn into Office

Superintendent Kang-Smith administers oath of office to the three school board members last Wednesday, December 7.

Written by JUSTIN LIN / Published December 16, 2011

Two new faces, and a returning school board member, were sworn into office last Wednesday as members of the reconfigured Temple City Board of Education.

The swearing-in ceremony took place during the December 7 school board meeting. Superintendent Chelsea Kang-Smtih administered the oath of office to Ken Knollenberg, Bob Ridley, and Kien Tiet.

First elected in 2007, Ridley began his second term on the school board.

Knollenberg, Ridley, and Tiet emerged victorious on November 8. They defeated four other candidates to win one of three seats on the Temple City School Board. All three were endorsed by the Temple City Educators Association, the Temple City teachers’ union.

Outgoing School Board Members Rachel LaSota and Janet Rhee, who were denied re-election, were honored by the school board, as well as by U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Temple City). Both received an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in recognition of their service to the Temple City Unified School District.

The newly reconfigured school board then unanimously re-elected School Board President Matt Smith to another term, while electing Ridley as vice-president and Tiet as clerk.

Knollenberg and Tiet were also chosen to serve as members of the City-School District Standing Committee.

Temple City Mayor Tom Chavez and Mayor Pro Tempore Vincent Yu also attended the organizational meeting.

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