Tuesday night’s Culver City Unified School District Board of Education meeting had to be held in the Cafetorium of to accommodate the friends, family and supporters that turned out to witness the swearing in of its latest members.
Superintendent Patricia Jaffee did the honors, first inducting Nancy Goldberg, followed by Laura Chardiet. Goldberg beamed from ear to ear as she took the oath, while Chardiet choked up as she recited the oath, her eyes brimming with tears.
“My father had a stroke a year ago,” Chardiet told Patch. “And he was here to see me sworn in. It was very emotional for me. He was the California State Teacher of the Year in 1970 so it meant a lot that he could be here.”
Both Goldberg and Chardiet jumped right into the fray the moment they took their seats on the board, eagerly volunteering to join various committees, and beaming with pride as they seconded various motions.
Following the meeting, Chardiet told Patch she was looking forward to her term on the board.
“It’s a very different view from [behind the podium],” she said. “I’m just a mom trying to make the schools better.”
Goldberg, who spent years as a teacher at Culver City High School said after the meeting, “It’s like my role is reversed now. I’m used to talking to my students. Now I have to listen!”