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Emi Eto, Leigh-Anne Marcellin Join Los Gatos Union School Board

New trustees are sworn in Tuesday evening by Dr. Xavier De La Torre, Santa Clara County superintendent of schools.

Emi Eto and Leigh-Anne Marcellin were officially sworn in as trustees of the Los Gatos Union School District Tuesday evening.

During a meeting at district headquarters on Roberts Road, the candidates were officially appointed to positions vacated by former trustees Chris Miller and Doug Halbert, who decided not to seek re-election.

There was no election for these two offices on Nov. 6 because Eto and Marcellin were the only candidates who expressed an interest in the two seats.

Miller is moving to Boston to continue his post master's degree program at Boston College, focusing on religious education and its relation to youth and young adult faith and Doug Halbert decided against a second four-year term.

LGUSD trustee Kathleen Bays, who served during the past year as president of the board, was recognized and thanked for her efforts.

In a written statement to the community, Miller said he had immensely enjoyed the 7½ years he served as a trustee. "It has been a privilege serving the community and I am proud of the goals I, along with my fellow board members, have been able to accomplish, especially around the expansion of "whole child" education--art, music, and social/emotional learning, something Los Gatos schools are well known for.

"Los Gatos has been, and always will be my home and I look forward to continuing to serve the community in different ways in coming years," Miller said.

For his part, Halbert said: "It is has been an honor to serve on the LGUSD Board of Trustees and work to lead and support the ongoing pursuit of educational excellence in Los Gatos/Monte Sereno."

Editor's Note: Los Gatos Patch will be writing profiles on the new trustees in the coming weeks.

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