By Jim Shilander
Outgoing Capistrano Unified School District Trustees Anna Bryson and Ellen Addonizio were honored for service by their colleagues and will-wishers Wednesday, as both women completed eight-year tenures on the board.
Both women were first elected in 2006 as part of a three-person slate. Bryson did not stand for reelection after running unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for the 73rd Assembly District that was won by Dana Point City Councilman Bill Brough. Addonizio was defeated in her bid for a third term by San Juan Capistrano resident Gila Jones.
Dana Point Mayor Lisa Bartlett honored Bryson, whose district includes a portion of the city, including Dana Hills High School, as Bill Evers, Bryson’s husband and a former Assistant Secretary of Education. Evers read a letter from Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a friend of the couple. Bryson herself praised the district’s staff, saying she’d “never seen people of such quality in my life,” and said she would always treasure being a part of the lives of the district’s children.
Addonizio was praised by San Clemente resident Laura Ferguson, who called her “a shining example of effective leadership.”
The board, with new members Martha McNicholas and Jones will reorganize at its first meeting on Dec. 10.