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School Board President Satra Zurita honored

Board President Satra Zurita, third generation resident of Compton, has served on the Compton Unified School District board for more than a decade

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Greater Zion Church honors Compton Unified School District Board president as ‘Woman of Influence’

COMPTON — Lifelong resident and veteran Compton schools advocate, Satra Zurita commands the respect and adoration across all segments of her community from education to politics and the church.

The latter chose to remind her of that, yet again, as the Greater Zion Church proclaimed Zurita, a “Woman of Influence.”

The Rev. Michael J. Fisher, the church’s senior pastor put the honor in perspective.

“When you talk about a woman of influence in Compton, Satra Zurita is often the first name that comes to mind,” Fisher said. “Her long service to this community and her extraordinary leadership on the school board have made a difference that will benefit Compton for many years to come.”

Zurita has long believed that the entire community must assume accountability for education Compton’s children.

“It’s is truly a great personal honor to receive this recognition, which wouldn’t have been possible if not for the many people in Compton who support our work,” said Zurita. “The fight to transform our schools and our community goes on. While there is more to do, it is greatly satisfying to look back and see how the lives of our students and their families are already being improved by our work.”

Board President Zurita, who is a third generation resident of Compton, comes from a family rich in community service. She has served on the school board for more than a decade and has been a driving force in the turnaround underway in the Compton Unified School District.

Zurita’s friends in political circles echo the sentiment.

“I have worked with Satra Zurita for many years. She is hard working, diligent and has always fought for public education and the students in the Compton Unified School District,” said Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson. “She is definitely a Woman of Influence and deserving of this award.”

Satra and her younger sister Janna Zurita are no strangers to public service. They are daughters of retired public administrator Clarence Zurita and retired, two-term City Councilwoman Delores Zurita.

“I’m very proud of this recognition for my sister,” said Janna, a member of the city council. “We were raised in a home that encouraged us to get involved and make a difference in our community. Satra has done so many good things for Compton and it’s just outstanding that she’s received this award.”

Test scores and graduation rates have been increasing in the CUSD in recent years as the Board and Administration have honed in on student success as a top priority.

“President Zurita is richly deserving of this recognition. She has been one of the main architects of the turnaround in the Compton schools, and it is gratifying to see that her great work is being acknowledged,” said Micah Ali, CUSD Board vice president.

The Greater Zion Church “Men and Women of Influence” award acknowledges members of the community that have used their respective platforms to create or work with grassroots organizations to support the improvement of the quality of living in the greater Los Angeles area.

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