TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Kristy Olk said she felt relief when she heard the news Friday afternoon that the effort to oust her and two fellow school board trustees had failed.
“I am so relieved,” said a cheerful Olk in a Friday phone interview. “I'm very happy to put this behind us and to get on with the very important business of this school district. We'll continue to move forward making decisions in the best interests of all our children.”
After four months, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District trustee recall is officially dead, as county elections offices in Nevada, Placer and El Dorado confirmed at about 5 p.m. Friday they received no petitions by the end-of-day deadline.
The process to recall trustees Olk, Bev Ducey and Bill Kraus failed to gather enough petition signatures — 3,400 per candidate — to ouster the three.
Stan Scott, a recall advocate, said the group gathered 3,081 signatures for Kraus, 3,065 for Olk and 3,062 for Ducey. He said the group wouldn't comment until Monday.
Calls to Ducey and Kraus weren't immediately returned for this story.
The recall came down to the very last day, as organizers said early this week they were about 400 to 500 signatures short of the required amount. Scott said organizers were counting well into the afternoon as signatures continued to come in.
Kelli Twomey, a Tahoe City parent who helped spearhead an anti-recall effort, said news Friday of a failed recall was a relief.
“It's time for peace and healing,” Twomey said. “There's been so much divisiveness; it's time to channel that energy so we can come together and work on the problems facing this district.”
The recall centered around a controversial decision the three board members made in April to reconfigure the lakeside of the TTUSD.
Twomey said the recall never offered any solutions and said the trustees never did anything unethical or illegal, rendering the recall groundless.