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Generations of Carlsbad students impacted by Ron Singleton

At 80-years-old, Ron Singleton said he wants to relax after helping guide the Carlsbad Municipal School District through the COVID-19 pandemic.

As an outgoing member of the Carlsbad Schools Board of Education, Singleton said he still worries about the future of Carlsbad’s children, but was confident in the leadership of the newest board members.

After serving 14 years on the School Board, Singleton declined to seek re-election to the Ward 3 seat. He will be replaced by Tiffany Shirley, who ran unopposed in the November 2021 election for the position.

“With as much brainpower as I got left, I don’t think I need to be trying to tax it,” Singleton said about stepping down from the leadership role.

He was elected to the District 3 seat of the Board of Education first in 2008. He sought and won re-election in 2013 and in 2017.

Singleton said his time on the school board was filled with great moments, but pointed to the board’s role in improving the district’s schools and facilities as his greatest accomplishment.

“It was time for us to get our kids in new schools with newer facilities and bigger classrooms,” Singleton said.

In 2016 the district completed the construction of Desert Willow and Ocotillo elementary schools. The construction was funded by a $60 million general obligation bond passed in 2013 the results of a record number of voters participating in a local election.