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Three incumbents face challenger in Little Lake school board race

SANTA FE SPRINGS — Three incumbents on the Little Lake City School District school board are seeking re-election Nov. 3 and are being challenged by a community activist and an advisory board member in neighboring Norwalk.

The incumbents seeking re-election are board President Lynn Berg, Vice President Janet Rock and board secretary Richard Martinez, all residents of Santa Fe Springs.

The challenger is Dora Sandoval, a member of Norwalk’s Social Services Commission and Public Safety Commission as well as some Little Lake advisory groups.

The district, based here, operates seven elementary schools and two middle schools in an area covering Santa Fe Springs, northern Norwalk and part of northeast Downey. It has about 5,000 students.

Berg was elected to the Little Lake school board in November 2003. She has lived in Santa Fe Springs for 34 years. Four of her children attended Little Lake schools, and her four grandchildren currently attend district schools.

She taught in the district for 15 years and is now retired.

Berg holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Cal State Long Beach.

Rock is serving her second stint on the school board. She served from 2001 to 2005 and was elected again to the board in November 2011.

She has been a resident of the district for 60 years. In addition to her four adult children, Rock’s grandchildren have also attended Little Lake schools.

She has served as an instructional material specialist in two school districts, including Little Lake. Among her contributions to the district she notes implementation of a full-day kindergarten, participation in the Annenburg Project, and membership on the School Site Council and Strategic Planning committee.

Martinez was first elected to the board in 1999. In the past, he has served as president, vice president and clerk on the board.

He has been a resident of the district for more than 30 years. His three sons attended Little Lake City schools.

He has been an employee of The Gas Company for 25 years and currently is a customer service supervisor.

He has served on the city of Santa Fe Springs Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Safe Neighborhood Team, Community Program Committee and Santa Fe Springs Community Playhouse Board.

He holds an associate degree from Cerritos College, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of La Verne.

A lifetime resident of the Little Lake City School District, Sandoval says she is a committed parent and community advocate.

She first engaged with Little Lake schools through her children. She has been a Little Lake parent for 13 years, and has served as the chair of the Lake Center Middle School Site Council, as well as a member of the Lakeview Elementary School Site Council and English Learner Advisory Committee.

She said she has emphasized putting resources in the classroom to ensure students and teachers have the tools they need to succeed.

As a Nowalk Social Services commissioner, she has made it a priority to ensure that all residents — especially families with children — get the services they need in order to be successful at school, home, and work. On the Public Safety Commission, Sandoval has supported city efforts to make neighborhoods safer.

She is an active member of the Soroptomist International of Santa Fe Springs and the Norwalk Lions Club.

Sandoval graduated from Santa Fe High School after attending Lakeside Middle School. She is married to Hector Sandoval, and the two have been homeowners in the district since 2001. They are the parents of three daughters.