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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 »

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 »

Sonoma’s college prep aims generating talk

A recent story about Sonoma Valley School District’s push to make all students complete college prep curriculum (so called A to G courses that are the minimum for applying to CSU and UC campuses) in order to earn a high school diploma has generated a lot of talk. Here are some links to local response to the plan. Any additional thoughts from ExtraCredit readers? Here is a link to the news story about Sonoma’s proposed changes: http://bit.ly/hT9HPT The Press Democrat… 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 »

UPDATED: Pugh: This election had me worried

UPDATE: As of 12:52 a.m. and with 119 out of 155 precincts reporting, Bill Carle had 26.8 of the vote, Frank Pugh had 25.1 percent, Ron Kristof had 19.8 percent, Wally Lowry had 17.7 percent and Gilbert Hawkins had 10.4 percent _____________________ Longtime school board member Frank Pugh said this race made him more anxious than any other. And as a 20-year school board vet, that is saying something. “This election worried me more than any election I’ve ever had,”… Read More »

SR teachers to rally for candidates tomorrow

With election day next Tuesday and the first competitive race in six years, the Santa Rosa teachers union is planning to greet students and their parents at the driveways and sidewalks of Santa Rosa City Schools campuses Wednesday morning with signs supporting their slate of candidates for the school board. The union has backed incumbents Bill Carle and Frank Pugh, as well as retired teacher and political newcomer Ron Kristof. “Given the hard decisions that will have to be made… Read More »