The board interviewed three candidates and voted unanimously for Zavala-Ortega to fill the vacant seat left by board director Camara Banfield
Sandra Zavala-Ortega has been appointed to fill the vacant position on the Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors. The board interviewed three candidates and voted unanimously for Zavala-Ortega to fill the vacant seat left by board director Camara Banfield, who resigned in January following her appointment to the Clark County Superior Court.
“We are happy to welcome Sandra to the board of directors. Her personal and professional experience as well as her deep connection with VPS will bring a valued perspective to our board,” said Board President Kyle Sproul. “We also want to thank the other candidates. It’s impressive to live in a community of people that cares so deeply for their children and youth.”
Zavala-Ortega has served in several capacities as a representative of the local Latino community to improve cultural diversity and increase opportunities for people of color. She grew up in Vancouver and attended VPS schools. As a college student, she worked in the Intercultural Diversity office where she had opportunities to influence student and college programs.
Zavala-Ortega also was previously employed by the district as a Family-Community Resource Center coordinator at Harney Elementary School. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Washington State University Vancouver. Zavala-Ortega has a son who attends school in VPS.
Zavala-Ortega will be sworn in at the April 13 board meeting. The appointment will be temporary until the November 2021 general election, when a permanent board member will be elected to the position.
Information provided by Vancouver Public Schools.