Deadline tomorrow for open Yosemite district board seat

The deadline to submit an application to fill the vacancy on the Yosemite Unified School District Board of Trustees with the retirement of Area 4 representative Joe Smith, is 4 p.m., tomorrow (Jan. 18).

The position is for a 10-month period, not the entire balances of Smith’s full 3-year term. The permanent replacement will be elected during the regular elections in November 2018, and will serve through December 2020.

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.

Community members are being encouraged to pick-up an application packet at the district office at Yosemite High School. The packet can also be received via email from Raylene Trent at

Candidates will interview with the board on Jan. 22 and the new board member will be announced at the Feb. 12 board meeting in the YHS library.

Questions can also be directed to Trent at (559) 683-8801, Ext.348.

Budget Advisory Committee being formed

In light of the financial difficulties the Yosemite Unified School District is facing, a Budget Advisory Committee is being formed and members of the public are being asked to be a part of the committee.

The committee will work closely with the YUSD Superintendent Cecelia Greenberg to assist in solving the district’s financial crisis.

There are 1, 2, and 3 year terms available and the application can be downloaded from the homepage of the Yosemite USD Website ( under the Announcements and News Section at the bottom of the page.

Applications must be returned to the school by Feb. 1.

Bond phone survey underway

The district has hired Jon Isom of Isom Advisors of Orange, to orchestrate a phone call survey to people who live in the district, and the calls began last night (Jan. 16).

According to Isom, the goal is to call a random sample of 400 registered voters to ask their opinions on a number of subjects, most notably which classroom and facility projects are important to residents, what levels of support exist for different tax rates, and “whether or not voters in the community would be supportive of a school improvement measure as they have been in the past.”

Isom explained that while the calls will be conducted by a third party out of San Diego and Salt Lake City, the survey has been designed with input from the district.

The complete phone survey, which is costing the district $5,000 will take from seven to 10 days to complete with the results available in about a month.

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