Donald E. LaPlante is a member of the Board of Education of the Downey Unified School District representing Trustee Area #4, and has served on the Board since December 1979. He has been elected to 10 terms, having been elected in 1979, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.
While a member of the Board of Education, he has served six times as President of the Board. He has also served six times as Vice President and as Clerk. He served as a member of the Audit Committee for over 15 years and also served for many years on the Budget Committee.
Mr. LaPlante has also been actively involved in school board organizations during his time on the Board. In 2012, he was elected by his colleagues in the southern part of Los Angeles County as Director for Region 24 of the California School Boards Association. For the prior 28 years, he served as a member of the Delegate Assembly for the California School Board Association.
During 1997-1998, he served as President of the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association, representing all of the almost 500 school trustees in the county. Prior to that he served as Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and as a director of the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association. He continues to serve as a member of the Executive Board as a Past President.
Professionally, Mr. LaPlante retired from teaching English and United States history for the Duarte Unified School District. He taught at the seventh and eighth grade level for over twenty years. He received three awards from the PTSA at Northview Intermediate School in Duarte for service to the school and the students, including a Continuing Service Award. He holds credentials for the teaching of English and social science and is certified to provide instruction to limited-English students. He also holds a credential in school administration.
A graduate of the University of Southern California with majors in political science and journalism, he also holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Point Loma Nazarene University. He did work for his teaching credential at California State University, Long Beach.
Prior to becoming a teacher, Mr. LaPlante held managerial positions in the printing industry for over 12 years. He has lived in Downey for over 55 years and is a graduate of Warren High School in Downey. He was honored by the Downey Unified School District in 2007 when it named the new science building on the Warren High School campus as “Donald E. LaPlante Hall.”