Robert Green, a member of the Bonita Unified School District's Board of Trustees, will face a recall election early next year.
The county registrar-recorder's office last week certified that 5,663 of the 7,079 petition signatures submitted last month were valid, said county spokeswoman Marcia Ventura. Recall proponents needed to submit at least 5,644 valid signatures--representing 20% of the district's eligible voters--to force a special election. The district serves San Dimas and La Verne.
"We were pretty sure (the recall would qualify)," said parent Laurie Weiss, chairwoman of the recall committee. "When 7,000 people sign a petition, that really tells the community there's a problem. Recalls don't happen every day."
The petition drive to recall Green was begun June 1 by parents and teachers who say that the trustee is unresponsive to parents and that his hard line in contract negotiations led to a one-day teachers' strike last year.