Dr. Jose Escarce and Ben Allen have been appointed as president and vice president, respectively, of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education.

The board voted unanimously Dec. 9 to appoint the new officers to one-year terms.

Escarce replaces former board president Barry Snell, who fell short of re-election to the board Nov. 2, while Allen replaces Kelly Pye, who did not seek re-election.

First elected to the school board in 2000, Escarce has served as president once and vice president twice. Allen, who has been a board member since 2008, will be serving as an officer for the first time.

The Board of Education elects its new president and vice president every December during its annual organizational meeting.

The appointments came after incumbents Ralph Mechur and Oscar de la Torre, and newcomers Nimish Patel and Laurie Lieberman were sworn in after being elected Nov. 2.

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