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Former LEUSD trustee Sonja Wilson dies


Last updated 4/12/2018 at 1:21pm

Former LEUSD trustee Sonja Wilson died following a lengthy illness, school district officials announced this week.

A former Lake Elsinore Unified School District Trustee died earlier this week after battling a lengthy illness, school district officials announced.

Former Trustee Sonja Wilson died April 10. She was a former school teacher who worked in education in the Lake Elsinore area for 34 years and presided over two school boards: the Elsinore Elementary District and Lake Elsinore Unified School District.

Wilson became LEUSD’s first Board President in January of 1989, after being elected to LEUSD’s inaugural Board of Trustees in November of 1988. She held a long tenure on the Board of Trustees until 2010, resigning for health reasons.

She served as a volunteer on numerous community groups and national philanthropic organizations during her tenure on the Board.

In accepting her resignation, Board colleagues praised Sonja Wilson for her deep passion and commitment to education, especially in meeting LEUSD’s most formidable growth challenges through her lifelong advocacy to fund and build new schools for quality education in the valley.

In 2017, LEUSD Trustees unanimously voted to acknowledge Wilson’s legacy by naming and dedicating the future Library/Media Center at Alberhill Elementary School in her honor.

Wilson was a proud grandmother and great grandmother. She is survived by her two daughters and three sons.

A memorial service is being planned and will be announced when it's confirmed by her family.


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