VICTORVILLE — The Victor Valley Union High School District Board of Trustees has announced the provisional appointment of a new board member.
The board appointed Rosalio “Rosie” Hinojos last week to fill the seat vacated last month by Lisa Crosby, who said she was stepping down to spend more time with her family.
With board member Tim Hauk absent due to illness, board members Penny Edmiston, Tim Norton and Barbara Dew interviewed five candidates in open session at the April 20 board meeting before selecting Hinojos.
Barring a petition calling for a special election, Hinojos’ position will become official 30 days after the appointment, which means Hinojos would be on the dais for his first VVUHSD board meeting in June. The seat is up for reelection this November.
Hinojos, 72, first came to the Victor Valley at age 6, when his family immigrated from Mexico. He is a 1961 graduate of Victor Valley High School. He was a 33-year employee of Southwest Gas in both California and Nevada, serving in a variety of roles including District Manager for the Big Bear area before retiring in 1999.
“I wanted to do something to stay active in the community, and I felt that being a past graduate of Victor Valley High School, I could do something to help out my old alma mater as well as the other seven schools in the district,” said Hinojos, who has resided in Helendale with his wife, Jan, since 2000.
Hinojos is currently a member of the Knights of Columbus in Adelanto and serves on the fines review committee for the Silver Lakes Association. He served three different terms on the San Bernardino County Grand Jury, including a stints as Foreman Pro Tem and Foreman. He has also been a past president and board member of the Big Bear Lake Chamber of Commerce, president of the Big Bear Rotary Club, a member of the Youth Accountability Board in Big Bear Lake, past president of the Hesperia Rotary Club, district chair for the Serrano District of the Boy Scouts of America, a board member of the Desert Communities United Way and a member of a VVUHSD Bond Oversight Committee.
“I look forward to devoting my time to serving on the school board,” Hinojos said. “I have several family members, including my two daughters, a sister, a brother-in-law and a nephew, that are involved in the education field so I have a fairly good idea of some of the challenges they face each and every day.”