Nov. 15 EUSD board meeting is the final one for 24-year trustee Carol Skiljan

After 24 years on the Encinitas Union School District Board of Trustees, Carol Skiljan was honored at her final meeting on Nov. 15. The former EUSD President, Vice President and Clerk decided not to run for re-election this fall.

At the final meeting of the old board on Nov. 15, the trustees adopted a Resolution of Appreciation for Skiljan in recognition of her service. The resolution was read by board member Marla Strich, who called Skiljan a mentor.

And with the amount of work Skiljan has done for children and teachers at the local and state level, Strich is likely one of many who consider her a mentor.

Though a longtime member of the EUSD board, which has only K-6 schools, Skiljan’s work with kids spans all ages, a fact that Trustee Patricia Sinay mentioned in thanking Skiljan for everything she’s done.

The retiring trustee has represented EUSD on the city of Encinitas School Liaison Committee and worked with the EUSD’s Preschool Learning Center, which was recognized with the 2004 California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Award.

Two years later, Skiljan received the San Diego County HHSA Public Health Regional Champion Award for her work as a founding member of the nonprofit San Diego Chapter of Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program.

She was named the San Diego County School Boards Association School Board Member of the Year in 2007, and went on to be appointed to represent the county association on the CSBA Board of Directors in 2010.

Skiljan supported the implementation of the one-to-one digital technology initiative in K-6 and, in recognition of these efforts, EUSD was named an Apple Distinguished Program District in 2013-2015 and again in 2015-2017. In addition, she led EUSD in the successful Proposition O and Proposition P campaigns, resulting in the modernization of district properties and related technology upgrades

Skiljan also advocates for the health and well-being of younger children as she currently serves as the Vice Chair of the San Diego County First 5 Commission and the Chair of the First 5 Technical and Professional Advisory Committee.

A 34-year Encinitas resident, Skiljan and her husband Jeff have seen their two daughters go through Encinitas schools and become educators themselves, and her two grandchildren recently started school at Ocean Knoll.

EUSD Superintendent Tim Baird said the resolution — and brief reception — at the Nov. 15 board meeting was just the beginning of the celebration for Skiljan’s years of great service.