The Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education has elected Bobbie Smith as its new president. Smith is the first black president in the board's 106-year history.
"To be the first black member of this board, and now to be chosen to lead California's third-largest school district, is truly an honor," Smith said after her election July 15.
She joined the board in 1988, as the representative of District 2, which covers the southwestern portion of Long Beach.
Smith's district, like the board's other four districts, will be reapportioned as a result of the 1990 Census. The board also voted last week to redraw district boundaries in order to comply with Long Beach City Charter regulations requiring each district to have approximately the same population.
The 1990 Census figures showed a population surge in districts 2 and 3, giving them each about 13,000 more people than the average district population of about 93,000.