Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education members Ben Allen and Laurie Lieberman will hold their first full board meeting as president and vice president, respectively, Thursday, Jan. 19.

The Board of Education voted unanimously Dec. 15 to appoint Allen as its president and Lieberman as vice president. The new officers will serve one-year terms.

Allen, who served as board vice president last year, will replace Jose Escarce as president. Lieberman will serve as an officer for the first time.

“It’s an honor to have this opportunity to serve my community,” Allen said. “We have challenges ahead as we work to improve educational outcomes and steer the district through these tough financial times, but we have a strong school system, tremendous community support, and an excellent new superintendent, and together I know that we’ll emerge stronger.”

Lieberman said she was grateful to her school board colleagues for “placing their trust in me to help lead our district.”

“Each year brings a new set of challenges and opportunities for our schools,” Lieberman said. “I look forward to working collaboratively with all of the school district’s constituencies, and with our wonderful new superintendent, as we continue to improve the educational experience and outcomes for all of our students.”

Allen, who was elected to the board in 2008, is an attorney and school district alum. A board member since 2010, Lieberman is also an attorney and her children attend district schools.