Corrin named president of Downey school board

Tod Corrin, left, was named president of the Downey school board Tuesday, replacing Willie Gutierrez.

Tod Corrin, left, was named president of the Downey school board Tuesday, replacing Willie Gutierrez.

DOWNEY – Tod Corrin was elected president of the Downey Unified School District (DUSD) Board of Education at the board’s meeting Tuesday. Other officers include D. Mark Morris as vice president and Barbara (Bobbie) Samperi as clerk. Outgoing president William Gutierrez, a member of the board since 2002, will continue to serve on the board as a representative of Trustee Area 3.

As Board of Education President, Gutierrez served on the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) community development forum and the Facilities Master Plan task force. Throughout his presidency he had two main goals: to rename a middle school to recognize Dr. Mary R Stauffer, and to pass a bond measure to modernize Downey school campuses.

Both were successfully completed during his term.

“I want to thank all who helped support the passing of Measure O,” stated Gutierrez. “I would also like to thank all the teachers, staff, DEA and CSEA units for making Downey Unified a top notch school district.”

Corrin, a Downey resident for over 40 years, is an active volunteer, member of PTA for over 20 years and a past member of the Warren High School Academic Booster Council. In addition to his role as a member of the Board of Education, Corrin has served in multiple capacities on the Downey YMCA Board of Managers and has directed the YMCA Easter Caravan for 41 years.

A Board of Education member since 2003, Corrin has also served as a member of the Downey Los Amigos Kiwanis and is the past-president of Northwest Downey Little League.

Morris, a graduate of Downey High School, has been a member of the DUSD Board of Education for 32 years and has served as president three times. A lifelong Downey resident, Morris is also a member of the California School Board Association and Los Angeles County School Trustee Association.

Being active in multiple community service organizations, Morris has served as a member on the City of Downey Community Services Commission, the Redevelopment Project Area Committee and the Cerritos College Advisory Board.

Samperi, a Downey resident and Warren High School graduate, has served on the Board of Education since 1993. A member of the Downey Community Service Commission for 15 years, Samperi has also been an active member of Downey Council PTA, Alameda Elementary, Ward Elementary, Sussman Middle and Downey High Schools PTA.



Published: Dec. 4, 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 34