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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 »

Pugh stuck in Spain? Nope, he was hacked

This post would have been a lot better the first time around if I would have gotten the new email correct. It’s fixed now. ___ Santa Rosa School Board veteran Frank Pugh is not in Spain and does not need your help paying his hotel bill. An email presumably from Pugh’s account was sent Tuesday morning to people on his contact list telling a tale of woe from Spain – he was mugged at gunpoint, cash and credit cards were… Read More »

Dropping 2nd year science requirement? It’s still on the table

Remember the story on the proposal to drop the requirement for a second year of science in order to graduate from high school in California? Well that idea was the topic on KQED’s Forum program yesterday. Have a listen here: http://bit.ly/Lk6z8N To read the story that ran back in January, click here: http://bit.ly/x7F0b6

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 »

SR’s Pugh in the running for national post

Veteran Santa Rosa School Board member Frank Pugh is the Pacific Region nominee for a spot on the National School Boards Association board of directors. Pugh, who is as yet running unopposed, would represent school board members and their state associations in California, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Utah and Hawaii. “It’s the most diverse region in the United States,” Pugh said. The deadline for others to join the race is Feb.24, according to Lisa Bartusek, associate executive director… Read More »

Haenel new president of Santa Rosa School Board

Larry Haenel was elected the new president of the Santa Rosa School Board after the seven member board conducted its annual re-organization vote Wednesday night. Haenel was chosen in a unanimous vote. Veteran trustee Bill Carle was elected vice president and Laura Gonzalez was voted in as clerk. Outgoing board president Frank Pugh was given a mounted gavel – his fifth “thank you for serving as president” plaque. Pugh has been a board member of Sonoma County’s largest school district… Read More »

Online charter school application moving forward, sans name

The Santa Rosa School Board is moving forward with an application to establish an online high school to open next fall. On Wednesday night, school board members got an update on the application and were asked to decide whether the school should adopt a name before the official application is submitted to Sacramento. The consensus was no – the process needs more time and public input and not having a name isn’t expected to damage the plan’s chances for approval… Read More »