School board seeks new member

Carmen GeorgeSeptember 12, 2012 

Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District recently announced a Board of Trustees opening to replace Janna Christensen -- who served on the board since Dec. 15 and resigned due to a move out of the Mountain Area.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and current résumé no later than Oct. 3 to the Bass Lake District Office, 40096 Indian Springs Road, Oakhurst.

The open seat is for a board member to represent Trustee Area #2, which encompasses many areas off of Crane Valley Road (426), Thornberry Road (420) and Fresno Flats Road (425B). A complete map of Trustee Area #2 is available online at basslakeschooldistrict.com/boardoftrustees/trusteemaps.html.

"We're obviously looking for someone interested in children and our community," said Glenn Reid, district superintendent. "They don't necessarily have to have school experience. That's nice, but it's not necessarily a requirement. It's really someone that just wants to be involved and is willing to work. I know it looks like we just have one meeting a month, but I can tell you right now, they are all busy with committees, special board meetings, and meeting with constituents. It really is like a part-time job."

Board members receive a benefits package -- including insurance, medical and dental -- but they do not receive a pay check, Reid said.

The Bass Lake school district includes Oakhurst Elementary School, Oak Creek Intermediate School and Wasuma Elementary School in Ahwahnee.

Applicants for the trustee seat will be interviewed for the position during an open board meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Oakhurst Elementary School multi-purpose room. District board members are required by law to interview candidates, deliberate about them, and then choose an applicant, in open session, Reid said.

The district shrunk its school board recently from seven members to five, a decision made due to the district decreasing in size over the years.

Trustee area boundaries were also redrawn so board members are representing an equal number of people who are all demographically alike, Reid said.

Three trustee terms are up in November -- Bill Freed, Cindy Jones and Joe Smith -- who will not be returning. Smith will join the Yosemite Unified School District board in December.

A new trustee area was created when the boundaries were redrawn and will be filled in December by Ronda Clark -- the only name on the upcoming November ballot.

Reid said the current Bass Lake district seat up for grabs will be chosen through an appointment instead of an election because it would cost the district a lot to hold a special election between now and November, 2013 -- the next ballot candidates could be added to.

Appointed candidates serve a two-year term, Reid said, but they can run in an election afterwards for a four-year term.

Details: Bass Lake District Office, (559) 642-1555.

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