June 8, 2015

Educational Studies alumna Frances Marie Gipson named superintendent of LAUSD’s East District

After forging ahead with a massive overhaul of LA Unified’s Education Service Centers by Superintendent Ramon Cortines in March, the school board today approved contracts for three new local area superintendents and renewed contracts for another three.

Among the new hires is Vivian Ekchian, who will head the newly created Northwest region. As the district’s chief labor negotiator, Ekchian was instrumental in reaching new contract deals with the district’s major union partners, including the teachers union.

Frances Marie Gipson is taking over from Roberto Martinez to lead the East office. She is currently the principal of El Sereno Middle School and Magnet Center and has worked for the District for more than 20 years in numerous administrative positions, including administrator of instruction for Local District 5.

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