Stan Mantooth, Ventura County Superintendent of Schools, swears in Michael Shanahan (right) and the other new OUSD boardmembers, Jane Weil and Kevin Ruf. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)
Misty Volaski, Ojai Valley News editor
The Ojai Unified School District (OUSD) bid farewell to its three senior-most board members Tuesday night. A packed board room gave Rikki Horne and Kathi Smith standing ovations; Pauline Mercado was not at the meeting. Superintendent Hank Bangser and several others spoke on the women's contributions to the OUSD and the community at large, and presented the two with flowers and plaques. Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett — a former OUSD teacher — presented Horne and Smith with special proclamations from the county.