Lucia Mar Unified School District Board of Education Trustee Vern Dahl has passed away, the district announced on Monday.
Dahl served as a trustee in the district for 10 years. He was first elected to the board in 2010.
District Superintendent Dr. Paul Fawcett called Dahl a champion of students and staff in the district.
"He truly lived by our motto, 'Our Kids First' and worked tirelessly to frame his decision-making through that lens," Fawcett said in a statement.
Dahl's colleagues say he spoke up for less fortunate students, advocated anti-bullying measures and supported the district's Independent Study Program.
The district says Lucia Mar is better after having Dahl as a board member.
The LMUSD Board of Education is set to meet Tuesday, Nov. 2. at 5:30 p.m. The open session will begin at 7 p.m.
LMUSD's policy is to fill a vacant board seat within 60 days when the vacancy occurs more than four months before a board member's term ends, a district representative told KSBY.
The board will decide whether to call an election or make a provisional appointment to fill the role during an open session at a school board meeting.