Sabrina Fair Thomas, who has served as interim general manager of public television station KLCS for the past year, was named general manager by the Los Angeles Unified School District on Monday.

KLCS is one of five television stations in the country operated by a school district.

In earning the station’s top job, Thomas will continue developing TV content, choosing on-air promotions and overseeing day-to-day operations.

“It is an honor to serve the LAUSD,” said Thomas. “KLCS is a leader in the use of digital media content production and broadcasting, and we look forward to expanding services to meet the evolving instructional needs of the district’s students and the community as the educational public television icon of Los Angeles.”

“She’s the right leader at the right time,” Thomas Waldman, director, Office of Communications & Media Relations. “Sabrina has excellent ideas for improving programming at KLCS and for seeking funding from outside sources.”

Thomas’ rise completes a long tenure with the district that began as an elementary school student. As a teenager, she became a news intern at KLCS. After graduating from Westchester High School, she completed her bachelor of arts degree at California State University, San Jose.

She rejoined the station after college, climbing the ranks step by step.

Under Thomas’ direction, viewership has grown to include one out of 10 viewers in Los Angeles, who watch the station weekly. KLCS produces more local, original programming than any other Los Angeles area television station, except those that host daily news shows. The station also won three local Emmy awards in as many years, and received two more nominations this year.