School Board Election Winners

Newly elected trustees Ashley Anderson and Michelle Barto

Newport-Mesa swears in school board

Newly elected trustees Ashley Anderson and Michelle Barto took the oath of office for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board Tuesday night along with reelected incumbents Karen Yelsey and Charlene Metoyer. The board then voted for Metoyer to serve as its president for the next year.

Anderson and Barto, both local natives, are the youngest members of the board, which now is all female with the departure of former trustee Walt Davenport, who did not seek reelection in November.

Anderson, 38, replaces Davenport, 83, as the trustee for Area 7, which includes Pomona, Rea, Victoria, Whittier and Wilson elementary schools.

Barto, 37, represents Area 5, including Newport Harbor High, Ensign Intermediate and Newport Elementary schools. She fills the seat of Judy Franco, 81, who decided not to run for reelection after 38 years on the board.

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