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CHINA-BOUND TRUSTEE BRINK STEPS DOWN.

Byline: Karen Maeshiro Staff Writer

LANCASTER - Westside Union School District trustee James Brink is resigning because he has retired from his Lancaster teaching job and will go to China to teach English.

Brink, who worked as a teacher in the Lancaster School District, was first elected in 2001 and his term ends this year.

``He's been a great trustee. He has a great understanding of the practical problems of the school district, having been a teacher, principal and superintendent,'' Superintendent Regina Rossall said.

Brink could not be reached for comment. His resignation is effective at the end of January.

Rossall said Brink retired in June from his teaching job. His wife also retired from her teaching job in the Southern Kern Unified School District.

``His plan is to teach at the college level in China,'' Rossall said. ``It's kind of an exciting opportunity for both he and his wife.''

The Westside board must decide whether to fill Brink's seat by appointment or wait until the November election.

``I don't know what the board will decide. It's close to the election.They could either fill by appointment or wait until the election occurs,'' Rossall said.

Brink's seat is up for election in November, as are those of trustees Christine LeBeau and Marty Meeden.

At the time he was elected in 2001, Brink was a 32-year educator who had worked at nine school districts in various posts, including superintendent, business manager, principal and teacher.

Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744

karen.maeshiro(at)dailynews.com
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