There will be a Yosemite Unified School District (YUSD) Recall Action Committee Meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Round Table Pizza in Oakhurst.
This is a new community group, not to be confused with the Yosemite Union Teachers Association who meet in late October to gather information about a recall of district trustees. According to YTA President Gina Hansen-Sedor, the teacher’s association is not currently considering a recall.
According to one of the leaders of a recall effort, Anita Johnson, all concerned community members are welcome.
“At this meeting we will review the current board members, their years on the board, their term expiration dates, their voting records and inviting and reviewing replacement candidates for the recall election,” Johnson said in a prepared statement. “We will also explain recall procedures and timelinee.”
Johnson said the community committee to recall the entire Yosemite Unified School District board has evolved out of frustration and research.
“The current sitting board has been the trusted entity charged with governing our system for many years and protecting our fiscal interests. Unfortunately, this has not happened and now we are at a critical juncture,” Johnson said.
“If you follow the financials, which are matter of public record, it is obvious that we are in a loosing battle with the current board who repeatedly states that they want to fix this problem,” Johnson further stated. “They have had the chance for many years. The sad part is that not once during the past few years has one member come to the community and informed or provided transparency of the fiscal disaster about to imploded, and never once was there a call for community action over the past several years of decline.”
Johnson said that corrective measures could have been less painful and easier to take if the issues were mitigated in smaller portions.
“If we as a community can not demonstrate a rapid change and corrective action we will be sending a clear message to the Madera County Superintendent of Schools and the state of California that we are a complacent community,” Johnson said. “The greatest concern we all have is the fiscal impact this recall could burden our district with. Our first process will continue to ask the current board to be adults and realize they need to step down. Until that happens, we the community must begin phase one of protecting our school, our children and our community tax dollars.”
Details: Anita Johnson, (559) 760-6848 or visit “Recall YUSD Board” Facebook page.