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SVUSD Board of Education
The Silver Valley Unified School District covers approximately 3,500 square miles.  Our district is separated into three (3) trustee area zones with a total of total of 5 trustee seats:   Newberry Springs/Ludlow (2 seats), Yermo, (2 seats), and Daggett/Fort Irwin (1 seat).
Trustees hold a seat for a 4-year term, with elections in even years.  Requirements to run for a seat on the Board of Trustees include:
  • Living within the bounds of the Trustee Area
  • Be a registered voter in the area
  • Be 18 years of age or older


Karen Gray- President

Ms. Karen L. Gray was initially appointed to a vacated seat on the Silver Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees in June 2001.  The electorate has allowed Ms. Gray to continue public service for two consecutive terms as Trustee area #2, covering Newberry Springs and areas along the Interstate 40 corridor.  Silver Valley Unified School District has 3 Trustee areas, however, Trustees represent and are elected by all communities within Silver Valley district boundaries.  The current term will expire in November 2008.  Ms. Gray has been entrusted by fellow trustees to serve as President for the past 3 years.

In addition to local board duties Ms. Gray is elected to serve on the California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly and San Bernardino County School Boards Association Executive Committee.  Public Education legislative advocacy is also provided through an elected position on the San Bernardino County District Advocates for Better Schools and participation with National Association of Federally Impacted Schools.  Ms. Gray has long term personal relationships with local, regional, state and federal elected representatives serving multiple sectors of California.  Community service by Ms. Gray has been on going, prior to Board service SVUSD Budget and Curriculum Instruction Committees, School Site Councils, Yermo II/USP Action Team as well as being named "Champion for Children Volunteer in Action Community Service 2001".  Outside schools Ms. Gray has served Chambers of Commerce for over 15 years and was a Board Member for 6 years in Calimesa, California.  For numerous years Ms. Gray has participated with the Mojave Water Agency, to include representing the Baja Subarea as a Technical Advisory Committee member.  Economic Development has been a significant activity in past years, participating with multiple agencies and business sectors.  Ms. Gray brought a particular focus on economic growth through tourism opportunities. 
Currently Ms. Gray is providing consultant or contracted support to Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow as Special Projects Analysis and Community Liaison.  After being raised as management in family owned businesses; past self employment includes Traveler Center Services, a Limited Liability Company, which provided public information with the State Transportation Right of Way.  Ms. Gray and husband Dan own Gray Graphix which in the past provided commercial graphic design through multiple products or advertising media.  Mr. Gray is currently focusing Gray Graphix and talent on his computer generated fine art portfolio.  In addition, he manages the family ranch which promotes and produces, Alpaca, Catfish, as well as, Palm Trees. Mr. and Mrs. Gray have raised 3 children; Richard, who is currently studying drafting, Paige, who's in school honing fine art skills as well  as learning computer cartoon animation and Max is currently a senior at Calico High School.
Ms. Gray was first appointed to the Board on 6/2001.  Her current term expires 11/2016.  She resided in Trustee Area #2 (Newberry Springs).
You may contact Ms. Gray at the following email address: kgray@svusdk12.net

Brian Boatwright- Vice President

Hello, I am Brian Boatwright, and it is a great honor to serve on the school board. I am married with three children, my oldest son is a graduate of this great district, and my other two children also attend the Silver Valley Unified School District. I moved with my family to the Yermo area in the summer of 2006.

I currently work supporting rotations on Fort Irwin; in my spare time I am developing a nonprofit that is seeking to end hunger and homelessness in our life time.

I possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology; a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a specialization in mediation and conflict resolution. I am working toward earning a PhD in Organizational Development & Leadership.

I hope to continue assisting the district in maintaining the excellent reputation that it has forged over the years, with the help of the community, district staff, teachers and the greatest students in the world.

Mr. Boatwright was first appointed to the Board on 6/2010.  His current term expires on 11/2018.  He resided in Trustee Area #1 (Yermo).

You may contact Mr. Boatwright at the following email address: bboatwright@svusdk12.net

Heather Reid- Clerk

My name is Heather Rae Reid.  I have been an elementary school teacher since 1996, and I have taught online for the University of Phoenix since 2008.  I moved to Newberry Springs in 1984 and moved away in 1990 to attend college and start my career in public education.  Then my family moved back to Newberry Springs in 2001.  I am a proud graduate of Silver Valley High School.  I have a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction.  I also have a Master's degree in Education/Curriculum and Instruction and a Master's degree in Educational Administration and Supervision.  I will do my best to listen to every concern and make educated decisions for the betterment of our students.  I am honored to represent our community and to assist the school district in preparing future graduates for success in life.

Ms. Reid was first elected to the Board on 11/2010.  Her current term expires 11/2018.  She resides in Trustee Area #2 (Newberry Springs).

You can contact Mrs. Reid at the following email address:  hreid@svusdk12.net

Lynn Mckee- Member

I am Lynn Mckee and I was elected to serve as your Board Member from Trustee Area #1 on November 7th, 2006. I have lived and run a successful business in our town, Yermo, for more than twenty years.  I have raised seven children; three have successfully graduated and four are currently enrolled in our district.  My three oldest children, Andrew, Earon and Thomas, graduated from SVHS and all three were awarded academic scholarships to the United States Air Force Academy. Andrew, Eraron and Thomas are all officers in the US Air Force and are all currently USAF pilots.  I am married to the most wonderful husband Dave; he has been a firefighter at the MCLB for the past 27 years.  I have volunteered in our school district as a classroom parent, site council member, district committee member, parent group member, parent group president, math tutor, reading tutor, science department worker and driver, sports volunteer and driver.

Priorities that I envision for SVUSD are that all students get the best education, better themselves and succeed in life.  I am completely committed to the students and what is best for them as individuals.  I look forward to working with all district staff to best serve, not only the students, but the staff and the voters too.

Ms. McKee was first elected to the Board on 11/2006.  Her current term expires 11/2016.  She resided in Trustee Area #1 (Yermo).

You may contact Ms. McKee at the following email address:  lmckee@svusdk12.net

Mark Staggs - Member


My name is Mark Nolan Staggs. I was born in Long Beach, California and after a short stay in the Orange County area my family moved up to the High Desert. I grew up in the Silver Valley Unified School District and attended school here and graduated from Calico High School in 1988.  While I attended Calico High School I was working 40 hours a week and graduated early.  All three of my children also attended Silver Valley schools.   In 1985, I began working in the area and in 1990 I started as a Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic at MCLB Repair Division. 

I have been married to my lovely wife Tracy Staggs for twenty years and we have three great children; Brittany Silva is 27, Sasha Staggs, 25 and Christopher Silva, 24 years old. My wife and I also have two grandchildren, Daniel Silva who is almost 2 yrs old and Aubriana Cordova, 15 months.  I have served on Daggett's Alternative Education Center Student Site Council as chairperson the last three years, and also served as a director on the Daggett Community Service District 2012. I have served as president of Daggett Chamber of Commerce since 2013 and currently reside in Daggett, California.

Mr. Skaggs was appointed to the Board in October 2015 and will continue to serve until the next regular election, November 2016.  He resides in Trustee Area #3 (Daggett/Fort Irwin).

You may contact Mr. Staggs at the following email address:  mstaggs@svusdk12.net



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