Launching a Quality Tomorrow
Early Release Day April 8 ESPAÑOL
Board of Trustees
The Lancaster School District Board of Trustees and staff are committed to serving the students in this District as we Launch a Quality Tomorrow. Team Lancaster School District continues to strive for excellence on behalf of our community.



Merle (Mel) Kleven

Merle (Mel) Kleven has been a Lancaster School District Board Member since 1995. He has been married to his wife, Sharon, since 1971 and has four adult children who attended Lancaster School District schools. Following his discharge from the US Army, Mel completed a BS in Management and a Masters in Theology and Counseling. He holds an Adult Education teaching credential and is a retired teacher from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Mr. Kleven was motivated to become a Board Member to be part of the process of providing a quality education for all students. He considers his years on the Board to be some of the most rewarding of his life and looks forward to serving the District, and its students, as it addresses the academic and fiscal challenges of the future.

Currently the Clerk of the Board, Mr. Kleven's term expires in November 2015.

Sandy Price

Elected in November 2013, Sandy Price is the newest member of the Board. After graduating from Florida State University, Sandy began a 35-year career as an educator for special needs students of all ages. She joined the Lancaster School District as a Resource Specialist in 1985 and remained with the district for 23 years until her retirement in 2008, during which time she taught at Mariposa, El Dorado, and New Vista schools. Sandy also served on numerous district-wide and site-specific leadership teams, including the one that obtained California Distinguished School status for New Vista Middle.

Teaching has always been a passion for Sandy. She is a tireless advocate for education and believes it to be the single most critical tool for self-empowerment and personal development. She feels that if we are to prosper as a nation and a democracy, we must have an educated populace. She appreciates the opportunity to serve with other members of the Lancaster School District Board in the goal to provide the best education for the students of the district.

Ms. Price also serves the community as a board member of Desert Haven Industries, a non-profit facility serving disabled adults, and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) supporting foster children.

Ms. Price's term expires in November 2017.

John Miller

John Miller has been a member of the Lancaster School District Board since 1999. After being honorably discharged from the Navy and graduating from Long Beach State College, he was employed in 1957 by the Lancaster School District as a teacher and taught for eight years. John then served as Assistant Principal (5 years), Principal (21 years), and Acting Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum (1 year) before retiring in 1991 with 34 years of service. Along with his wife, Jacquelyn, he has an elementary school named after him to honor his great contribution to education.

Mr. Miller always wanted to teach elementary school children and felt that it was a dream come true when he was hired by the Lancaster School District. He greatly appreciates the trust that has been placed in him and intends to continue serving to further the progress of children, the community, and the district.

Currently the President of the Board, Mr. Miller's term expires in November 2015.

Diane Grooms

Diane Grooms was first elected as a Lancaster School District Trustee in 2005. She also serves as a board member for the Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency. Diane holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Redlands, has a lifetime California Community College teaching credential, and is a nationally Certified Fund-Raising Executive. She presently works for the Children's Center of the Antelope Valley and has worked for non-profit organizations throughout her career. Diane has convened the Antelope Valley Homeless Coalition since 1994 and is a member of the Lancaster West Rotary. She is married to Larry Grooms and has two sons and a daughter-in-law.

With more than 25 years of community service in the Antelope Valley, Mrs. Grooms strives to build community collaborations focusing on education and the non-profit sector.

Currently the Vice-President of the Board, Mrs.Grooms' term expires in November 2017.

Dr. Chris Grado

Chris Grado was first elected in 2009. He is married and the father of two small children. Born and raised in Lancaster, Chris attended schools in the Lancaster School District and Antelope Valley School District before continuing his education at Antelope Valley College and the University of Nevada. He received a Master of Arts in Literature from CSU Northridge and a Master of Education in Cross Cultural Teaching from National University. He recently attained a Doctorate In Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne. Previously a teacher for the Antelope Valley High School District, Dr. Grado is now Principal of SOAR High School. He is also an adjunct professor of English. He and his wife, Monica, own and operate three dry cleaning businesses in the Antelope Valley.

As an educator who spends a great deal of his free time volunteering in his community, Dr. Grado brings a passion for education rooted in the belief that all children learn when given the opportunity in a safe, clean, and academically rigorous environment.

Dr. Grado's term expires in November 2017.