After all precincts were counted, Julie Greenwood ousted 12-year incumbent Ron Bucheger for a seat on the board of the Bass Lake Joint Union School District Tuesday, with 619 votes to Bucheger’s 297.
“I feel good, I’m excited,” Greenwood said. “I’m energized and I’m grateful, and I’m ready to get a lay of the land.”
A substitute teacher in the district and a former PTA president at Wasuma Elementary School, Greenwood said her focus is on providing a fresh set of eyes on the board, while returning aides to teachers’ classrooms after they were cut in previous years of financial instability.
“I’ve talked to current board members who say there’s no money for that,” Greenwood said. “But I think we have to find some money somewhere. I’m not one to take no for an answer. We have to do something. We have to support the kids, be there and support what the teachers are doing, give the kids the attention they need, and improve their education.”
Greenwood said she’d be sworn in at the board’s Dec. 14 meeting.
Bucheger, who helped guide the district through construction of Wasuma’s first-of-its-kind domed gymnasium and advancement in providing computers to students, said he felt it was likely the win would go to Greenwood.
“I think it would be unlikely I would be able to overcome her advantage,” Bucheger said when absentee ballots were first counted, giving Greenwood a wide lead. “I want to say I have enjoyed being a school board member, I think we have accomplished some very significant things ... I wish Julie all the success that she can find. The main goal here is education and doing what’s best for students.”
“I have a lot of respect for what he’s done and everything he’s accomplished so far,” Greenwood said. “I want to keep that ball rolling into the future.”
BLJUSD includes Oakhurst Elementary School, Wasuma Elementary School, Oak Creek Intermediate, and Fresno Flats Day School.
Full Madera County election results can be found by clicking here.
School board seats in Eastern Madera County, up for grabs in Tuesday’s election, remained in control of incumbents as no challengers filed for candidacy.
Remaining seats were:
Bass Lake Joint Union School District
☆ Area 1: Ronda Clarke
Other trustees not up for election this year in BLJUSD included: Curt Pollock, Stella Pizelo, and Dalene Stephens.
Chawanakee Unified School District
☆ Area 4: Jessie Hutchens
☆ Area 5: Claudia Box
Other trustees not up for election this year in CUSD included: James McDougald, Barbara Bigelow, and Seth Waltner.
Yosemite Unified School District
☆ Area 2: Christine Wilder
☆ Area 3: Tammy Loveland
☆ Area 4: Joe Smith
Other trustees not up for election this year in YUSD included: John Reynolds and Monika Moulin.