Goodlake appointed to FUHSD board

Richard L. Goodlake, a 32-year resident of Fallbrook, was appointed to the Fallbrook Union High School District (FUHSD) Board of Trustees at a special meeting held Nov. 4. Goodlake replaces trustee Cliff Sumrall who resigned, citing a move out of the school district.

“I’m really excited about this,” said Goodlake. “I work with kids a lot and it will be my honor to support them even more.” Goodlake was selected for the position from a pool of four candidates. All attended the meeting and participated in interviews.

Goodlake’s background includes being a 20-year veteran of Hughes Aircraft Co. and a retired Lt. Col. in the Marine Corps. He holds a bachelor of arts degree, a master of science degree in administration, and a masters of business administration degree.

“He brings extensive leadership, managerial, technical and business acumen to the board, as well as over eight years of experience working with students at Fallbrook High School, and other high schools throughout San Diego County,” said FUHSD superintendent Dale Mitchell, Ed.D. “As the Rotary Club of Fallbrook coordinator for the Interact Club at Fallbrook High School, Goodlake works with students on a weekly basis stressing community service in Fallbrook, and oversees at least one international project yearly.”

Goodlake said he is excited to bring his experience to the board.

“I have a lot of vision into the curriculum that the kids need in the 21st Century,” he said. “I think I can give the board a lot of insight into a lot of different areas, which you acquire over a lifetime.”

He has held many leadership positions, including serving as first vice president of the Diocesan Council of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego (2011) and as alternate deputy to the 2012 General Convention of the National Episcopal Church.

At this point in time, Goodlake said he feels serving the school district is an important priority.

“It’s a matter of giving back to the community,” he said.

Goodlake will serve until the November 2014 election.

11 Responses to "Goodlake appointed to FUHSD board"

  1. Route 66   November 17, 2013 at 2:22 am

    That’s a good person !! Great background…Marine officer…businessman…active In church…and when he has earned a relaxed, plentiful retirement…still cares enough to work for and with the citizens and school age kids-of Fallbrook.

    Thank you Marine!

  2. Lee   November 17, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    @ #1 Route 66


  3. Pink   November 17, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Fabulous choice. Mr. Goodlake has done quite a bit for the youth of the community, I believe he will be an outstanding board member.

  4. concerned mom   November 18, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Just as long as he checks his "christianity " at the front door I’m fine. I’m uninterested in his "religion". But the moment he start using the school to push his "christianity" then we’ll have a problem.

  5. @ concerned mom   November 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    He does not push his religion on anyone. He is an honest man who has been deeply involved in his community including his church, but it is not the thing he does. Please attend a board meeting or listen to it online – you will find that religion does not come into play in any of the board member’s decisions.

  6. Lee   November 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    @ #4 concerned mom

    Hear, hear!

    PS. Same thing with that military-industrial stuff.

  7. @concerned mom   November 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I meant to say that is not the ONLY thing he does.

  8. @concerned mom   November 18, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Sounds like you already have a problem.

  9. Fallbrook High Grad   November 19, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I see nothing wrong with comment #4. I have no idea why anyone would object to it. It sounds like @concerned mom is the one with the real problem.

  10. Bystander   November 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    As apparent, grandparent and educator I heartily compliment the choice of Mr. Goodlake to the board. His broad experience over a lifetime and his ability to combine that experience with the relevant issues in education today make him a strong support not only for the young people of the district but for the well-being of the system. This community should be thanking Mr. Goodlake for his service.

  11. Informed Parent   October 30, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Mr. Goodlake is a fine upstanding citizen whose dedication to our community should be applauded! He has proven to be a fair decision maker and whose commitment to service of his country and fellow citizens has brought him to a retirement of service to our student body. Take a moment to become familiar with Mr. Goodlake and his character, I am sure you will agree.


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