Rowland Unified Board Members Ebenkamp and Pride Leaving The District
Pictured Above: RUSD Board President Angelena Pride (Trustee Area 1 -left) and RUSD Board Vice President Lynne Ebenkamp (Trustee Area 5 -right) who have served the District since 2013, are both leaving the Board due to personal reasons.
It is with sadness that the Rowland Unified School District Board of Education received the resignations of Board Members Lynne Ebenkamp and Angelena Pride at last night's January 21, 2021 Board Meeting. Ebenkamp, who has served on the Board since 2013, resigned effective January 31, 2021 due to an unexpected family opportunity to relocate out of State, thus leaving the District. Simultaneously but unconnected in any way, Pride, who has also served on the Board since 2013, announced that her last day of service will be on February 28, 2021. Her resignation is due to increasing professional responsibilities during these difficult times and conflicts between her role as a Board member and her employment.                                                                                                                                                                                                  
“On behalf of the Board of Education and our entire Rowland Unified community, I want to express our deep appreciation and gratitude for the incredible commitment and dedication that these two oustanding individuals have given to our students, staff, parents and community for more than seven years as Board members and many more years as community volunteers,” said Superintendent Dr. Julie Mitchell. “Each has left a legacy of educational excellence, professional integrity and community service. Their positive impact will not soon be forgotten.”

Ebenkamp, an over 50-year resident of Rowland Heights and community icon, has been involved in many advisory groups and neighborhood councils. In addition to serving as a School Board Member, she was co-chair, committee member and a past Grand Marshal of the Buckboard Days Parade. She was also a past Board Member of the Friends of Rowland Unified Schools Foundation (FOR US). “I love this community and I am so proud of the work this Board continues to do to support the heart of our community – our children. Rowland Unified will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve on the Board of the best school district in California,” said Ebenkamp.

Pride, an active community member and an involved RUSD parent leader, served as a parent representative on many school and District councils, and was President of the Raider Huddle Club and a founding member of the Raider Education Foundation. As a Board Member, she is committed to transparency and open communication with the community and is an advocate for the arts and preparing students for college and the workforce. “Serving our community in this role has been a great honor and I appreciate everyone’s support and willingness to push our work forward," said Pride. "I am so blessed to be able to help make a difference in the lives of our future leaders and to work with colleagues who have a shared vision to do what is best for kids.”
A Special Board Meeting will take place tomorrow, Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 9 AM to discuss the next steps in filling the vacancies for Trustee Areas 1 and 5. A link to register for the meeting and additional information can be found at or by calling (626) 965-2541. 
Connections to the Future January 27
Rowland Unified is proud of our annual "Connections to the Future" event, where business and community leaders can help high school students learn how to “network” and practice their presentation skills. This year it will be virtual, taking place on Wednesday, January 27 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

The event is organized and facilitated by senior students in the Career Certification Program at both Nogales and Rowland High Schools. 

The Connections to the Future event highlights the award-winning Career Certification Program of the Rowland Unified School District. The program prepares high school students for college and the workforce with real-world experience in six different industry pathways: Arts & Communications, Business, Family & Consumer Sciences, Health & Medical Services, Public & Human Services, and Technology. Students complete courses and an internship in their field of interest. For more information visit

Questions about the event?

Contact Vickie Burch, Program Specialist at
(626) 965-5975 or by email at

If a member of our community is interested in attending, please RSVP by Monday, January 25, 2021 by signing up at:
Enrollment for 2021-2022 Begins Feb. 1
January 22, 2021 Issue RUSD News Editor
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