TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Area residents advocating the removal of three local school board members say they still need up to 500 petition signatures before Thursday to move forward with the process.
“As you can imagine, everyone is redoubling their efforts and reaching out to everyone who has petition forms to complete them and return to us by Wednesday,” said Stan Scott, a Tahoe City parent and one of those advocating the removal of Kristy Olk, Bill Kraus and Bev Ducey from the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District board, in a Monday e-mail to the Sierra Sun.
Scott estimates the group needs between 400 and 500 more signatures to reach its 3,400-signature per-candidate goal.
The group launched the recall effort in May, and its 120-day window for turning in signatures closes Friday.
The effort began after Olk, Kraus and Ducey accepted an April proposal from the school district’s staff to reconfigure TTUSD’s lakeside schools.
The controversial plan included changing the K-5 Tahoe Lake Elementary and Kings Beach Elementary schools into K-3 campuses, which in turn shifted North Tahoe Middle School into a 4-8 school. Tahoe Lake became an English mainstream program and Kings Beach became a Two-Way Spanish Immersion program.
Scott said he’d like to have the petitions collected and ready to drop off at the elections offices in El Dorado, Placer and Nevada counties by Wednesday (today), but the group will take last minute signatures until Thursday morning.
Residents can download a petition at recall09info.org, or they can sign a hard copy by contacting Scott at (530) 448-4118.
Messages left with anti-recall advocates at the website pro-no.org weren’t immediately returned Tuesday.
To move forward, the recall must gather about 3,400 signatures per candidate, and the three elections offices must verify within 30 days the signatories are indeed legal residents of those counties.
If all signatures are verified, the elections offices have within two weeks of verification to announce a special election, to take place anywhere from 88 to 125 days after verification, according to California law.
The election could cost TTUSD up to $100,000 since it wouldn’t occur during any state or federal elections to defray those costs, according to the three county’s elections offices. The figure derives from the cost of hosting an election and printing and counting ballots.