After failing to win a seat on the Malibu City Council April 8th, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board member Kathy Wisnicki will remain on the school board.

Although the school board member was not elected to the council, she says she was proud of her “strong” campaign.

“I ran on my merits; I ran because I felt the youth and families of Malibu needed stronger representation,” said Wisnicki, who felt “bittersweet” about the campaign.

“I was running with mixed feelings because my passion is education and obviously this loss to me is a sign that I’m meant to stay where I am.”

Wisnicki, who has been on the school board since 2004 and served as president last year, felt she ran a “positive, clean campaign” with her “integrity intact” for Malibu City Council.

Now that the election is over, she says her focus is entirely back to education and her seat on the Santa Monica-Malibu school board, where she says she will continue her work with the same dedication and commitment that she’s always had.

Wisnicki — the only member of the Santa Monica-Malibu school board who resides in Malibu — is up for reelection this November and has not yet decided if she will run.

“At this point, it’s early to say,” Wisnicki said. “I’ll start to think about that in the next few months. I’m just coming off of a recent campaign. I have to think through where my focus should be the next few years.”

Wisnicki — whose two teenage children attend Malibu High School — has also not yet decided if she will run again for Malibu City Council in the future.

However, she does note that if she runs for reelection to the school board in November and is reelected, she wants to commit to the full four-year term.

For now, Wisnicki says, “I will continue working on the school board with the same amount of enthusiasm that I’ve always had for the job.”

Out of five candidates running for Malibu City Council, Wisnicki came in fourth with a total of 1,398 votes — losing a seat to Malibu Planning Commissioner John Sibert by just 24 votes.

In the Malibu City Council election, the top vote-getter was Pamela Conley Ulich, who received 2,127 votes and has been on the council since 2004.

Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner came in second with 1,695 votes and Sibert came in third with 1,422 votes. Susan Tellem came in fifth with 1,167 votes.