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ABCUSD’s Spitzer and Reyes Honored for Years of Service

ABCUSD Board, Superintendent and staff stand with Armin Reyes and Celia Spitzer at this past Tuesday's meeting. Photo by Tammye McDuff.

ABCUSD Board, Superintendent and staff stand with Armin Reyes and Celia Spitzer at this past Tuesday’s meeting. Photo by Tammye McDuff.

By Tammye McDuff

This past Tuesday, the ABC Unified School District bid farewell to two long-time board members, Armin Reyes and Celia Spitzer.

The ABC USD Board Room was standing room only as Reyes and Spitzer were acknowledged for their sixteen years of service. Senator Tony Mendoza began the numerous awards and recognitions by saying, “We have two individuals here that have really done a great job on the school board, it is sad to see them go, but I don’t think they will go very far.”

Both Reyes and Spitzer were both honored by representatives of Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, Supervisor Don Knabe, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, City of Cerritos’ Councilman Mark Pulido, City of Artesia Mayor Miguel Canales and Councilman Ali Sajjad Taj, Hawaiian Gardens Councilman Mike Gomez, Master Sergeant Marty Schaefer Southeast ROP Director, ABCFT President Ray Gaer, Dr. Rhonda Buss, Director of Secondary Schools, and former Cerritos Mayor Laura Lee.

In a special moment, Henry, a fourth grade student said, “Mrs. Spitzer read to me in first grade, and I just want to say ‘Thank You’”.

Pulido, a former board member commented, “You have both focused on the love of learning and made this the center of your efforts. Our community is better because of your commitment to our children and our schools.”

Reyes, current Clerk of the Board, was elected to the ABC Board of Education in 1999 and re-elected in 2003, 2007 and 2011. He served as Vice President of the Board in 2004 and President in 2005. He is also serves as member of the Southeast ROP Board of Trustees. He serves as a Functional Specialty Team Leader with the 426th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) based in Upland, CA, with a rank of a Major, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom II, Operation Iraqi Freedom 06 and Operation Enduring Freedom XXII in Afghanistan.

Spitzer, Member of the Board, was first elected to the ABC Board in 1999 and to her fourth term in 2011. She has been a resident of Cerritos since 1971. Celia worked as a systems engineer for IBM after graduating from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics. ABC has received national recognition for its excellent relationship with district employees with everyone working together to promote student achievement. All of this is being accomplished with a balanced budget that focuses on the needs of all students.

Each board member said a few words of gratitude to both Reyes and Spitzer, following two rousing standing ovations, Superintendent Dr. Mary Sieu noted, “Tonight the community and our team have come to say ‘Thank You’. You are both appreciated and valued. Your combined 32 years of service has really meant something to the ABC School District,”

“We have a term in Chinese we use when saying farewell, Zaijian, which means see you again. Thank you for your wonderful years of service.”

  • Shadow Park says:

    Republicans Ditch Cecilia Spitzer

    Cecilia Spitzer, completed/ retired from her 16 years at the ABC school district-Trustee, residing in Shadow Park HOA/ Cerritos. EX: Her photo, sorry to say, the dress looks like a recycled patio canvas material from old sun umbrella.

    Her farewell public party on TV, she was not represented by any of the Republicans in Cerritos, since they do not like or do not want to mix with Democrats. Democrats were the only ones who attended the ABC Unified School District farewell party. What kind of politics is this? Appointed Trustees/ council persons are suppose to be politically neutral.

    Will have to complement Spitzer, she always did her homework and was always outspoken, even though I did not agree with many of her viewpoints, including her lack of designers wardrobe. She does have a cloudy storm on her reign as trustee, during the heavily debated and court fought La Cuesta Villas project. Ultimately project was bagged.

    Cecilia Spitzer, plus her husband Mr Spitzer, was on the city of Cerritos planning department during this time, the both of them shared inside trading, compared to Martha Stewart corruption with the sale of stock market. Martha Stewart ended up in prison. Both Mr/Mrs Spitzer, should have been barred from the public hearings and input during the heavily debated affordable housing project , along with the ABC warehouse exchange with the city of Cerritos.

    Ultimately the buildings were purchased by the city of Cerritos, to be exchanged by the ABC warehousing. Today warehousing was partially sold off to a computer company, and the rest remain vacant, frequented by homeless camps . These were at one time beautiful warehouse buildings on 166th street, but been vacant for almost a decade. Menopause blite is eroding those buildings apart.

    Too bad Cecilia Spitzer, who spent 16 years on the school board, has a tarnished legacy, as she should have withdrawn from the debates, when she had inside trading knowledge. Also a lot of Shadow Park was not in favor of Cecilia Spencer, her neighbors are Mr/Mrs. Kappe’s (Jewish). Kappe’s (Nevada main residence) again, had a lot of insider trading for La Cuesta Villas and the poss. Overlay Project, which was property owned by school district credit unions. M/M Kappe’s were both former (Jewish) council persons for the city of Cerritos. Kappes left council with some huge debt and rumpus in Shadow Park HOA administration, which has been resolved.

    Personally, disappointed in her lack of input on the Common Core Education, since the newest approach was nationally developed during the 2008-2010 recession, lack of R/D funding was not sufficient to create the best Common Core concepts. Mrs. Spitzer should of know this, since she was in upper IBM Management.