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Leadership elections bring no change on SRCS board

For the second year in a row, the typically routine task of electing school board members to leadership posts was a little less than routine for Sonoma County’s largest school district. The Santa Rosa School Board on Wednesday night honored outgoing president Bill Carle with a heartfelt speech by Vice President Donna Jeye, followed by a gavel presentation.  When Jeye finished, Carle thanked her for her “wonderful, kind words.” “I feel like I died,” he said. The meeting proceeded with… Read More »

SRCS trustees assigned graduation posts

Ceremony assignments are set to be formalized tonight for the string of Santa Rosa City Schools graduation festivities. For those interested, here is the lineup of which trustees will preside over which events. All graduations are on May 31 except for Mesa which is on May 30: Elsie Allen and Midrose, 5 p.m.: Laura Gonzalez. Maria Carrillo, 6:30 p.m.: Frank Pugh Montgomery, 6:30 p.m.: Ron Kristof Piner and Grace: 6 p.m.: Larry Haenel Santa Rosa, 6:30 p.m.: Donna Jeye Mesa, 5:30… Read More »

UPDATED: Santa Rosa School Board campus, committee assignments

UPDATE: A small change to the committee assignments below. Trustee Laura Gonzalez will not serve on the finance committee as previously noted. The change has been made below. ________ The Santa Rosa City School Board has made its new committee and campus liaison assignments. Board President Bill Carle requested board member preferences and past assignments before the following assignments were created, according to the district. Here is a list of who’s what and who’s where: Laura Gonzalez: Elsie Allen and… Read More »

SR School Board splits vote on leadership posts

The Santa Rosa School Board elected its new lineup of office holders at the tail end of Wednesday night’s meeting, but the typically routine votes were split this time around. Trustee Frank Pugh nominated vice president Bill Carle for president, which was followed by a unanimous vote in support. For vice president, Pugh then nominated Donna Jeye, a move that was seconded by outgoing President Larry Haenel. The vote was unanimous. After trustee Ron Kristof nominated current clerk Laura Gonzalez… Read More »

Filing open now for Nov. school board races

November may seem like a long way off, but those interested in running for school board in the fall can begin filing paperwork today. The deadline for filing is Aug. 10 unless one of the incumbents does not file, in which case there is a five day extension for all candidates except incumbents, said Deborah Russotti, election services supervisor for the Sonoma County elections office. In Santa Rosa, Larry Haenel. Laura Gonzalez, Donna Jeye and Tad Wakefield are up for… Read More »

New school board assignments scheduled

A little inside baseball news from the Santa Rosa School Board for anyone interested: new committee and school liaison assignments are being settled for the 2012 calendar year at the board’s regular meeting Wednesday night. The following assignments are proposed: President Larry Haenel: Teacher advisory committee (chair); Green Team Advisory Subcommittee. Vice-president Bill Carle: Finance and special projects advisory subcommittee; subcommittee on career pathways programs and community outreach (alternate); Teacher advisory committee. Liaison for: Elsie Allen High, Midrose, Cook Middle… Read More »

Board honors Elsie’s theater troupe

The Elsie Allen theater players returned home from their stay in London and performance run at Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Fest just in time for the start of school last week. On Wednesday, the troupe was honored by the Santa Rosa School Board. “You have made your community very proud,” said board member Donna Jeye. Andrea Carrillo, an Elsie senior who wrote the one-act play “Happiness” that was performed in Scotland, said the whole trip blew her away. “To see people’s… Read More »

New committee assignments in SRCS

Interested in the inner workings of the Santa Rosa City School Board? Look no further. Here are the new committee assignments for board members: Facilities Advisory Committee: Chair: Laura Gonzalez. Members: Donna Jeye, Frank Pugh. Alternate: Tad Wakefield District Finance and Special Projects Advisory Subcommittee: Chair: Bill Carle. Members: Donna Jeye, Laura Gonzalez. Alternate: Frank Pugh. Subcommittee on Career Pathways Programs and Community Outreach: Chair: Donna Jeye. Members: Tad Wakefield, Ron Kristof. Alternate: Laura Gonzalez. Teacher Advisory Committee: Chair: Frank… Read More »

Unusual split vote on routine post picks

An unusual note was struck at the conclusion of Wednesday night’s Santa Rosa school board meeting during the usually routine, end of year board re-organization item. It’s typical to re-assign board members to new posts at the conclusion of the year, what is a little less usual is the split vote that occurred for the vice president pick. After a unanimous vote to make Frank Pugh board president, Trustee Donna Jeye was nominated to be vice president. She seconded the motion… Read More »

Pugh calls out Carrillo’s P.E. waiver numbers

The discussion item related to Santa Rosa City Schools independent P.E. program had board members atwitter Wednesday night. The disparity between which school’s students apply for an individualized phys ed program, thereby bypassing gym requirements on campus, struck a nerve with a few board members. The numbers? 105 Maria Carrillo students applied for waivers beween 2006 and the current school year. Compare that with the two from Elsie Allen, five from Piner, 36 from Santa Rosa and 85 from Montgomery.… Read More »