The deadline has been extended to Jan. 18 for any citizen to submit an application to serve on the Yosemite Unified School District Board of Trustees.
The district is seeking potential candidates to replace Joe Smith, who retired from the board for personal reasons. The original cut-off date was Jan. 11, but it was announced at the Jan. 8 board meeting that due to receiving only one application, the board would extend the deadline one more week.
Candidates must live in Trustee Area 4 which includes areas east of Highway 41, North of Road 420, south of Sky Ranch Road and Bass Lake.
Potential candidates can pick up applications from Raylene Trent at the YUSD district office on the Yosemite High campus or email her at email@example.com. If any interested party has questions, they can contact Trent at 683-8801, ext. 348.
All applications must be delivered to Trent no later than 4 p.m., Jan. 18. Candidates will be interviewed on Jan. 22, and the board’s selection will be announced Feb. 12.
The announcement came at the end of another round of very vocal, and at times emotional, concerns from district teachers and members of the public covering a number of areas including the lack of transparency about pending deep budget cuts, the need to resume community advisory committee meetings, non-action by the district to help secure a $50,000 grant that would help fund Regional Occupational Program (ROP) classes, and difficulty in getting appointments with Superintendent Cecelia Greenberg - all while the district is facing a $2.3 million budget deficit in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.
The Madera County Office of Education (MCOE) has a deadline of Jan. 15 to accept or change the school district’s first financial interim report. If MCOE determines the report is not satisfactory, it could invoke AB 1200, which would take the budget decisions away from the district and put them in the hands of a fiscal adviser assigned by MCOE.