Duane Wallace appointed to Lake Tahoe school board
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – The school board on Tuesday selected Duane Wallace as its new member.
“I will work hard, I will campaign hard and I will be a team member,” Wallace told the board during his interview on Tuesday. Wallace also noted he has previous board experience, serving as a director for the South Tahoe Public Utility District.
Three other candidates who vied for the open seat on the Lake Tahoe Unified School District board were Bill Cottrill, Douglas Cichowicz and Garry Bowen.
Wallace will take the seat formerly held by Angela Swanson, who resigned effective May 1.
The board made an appointment since an election is already scheduled for November for both Swanson and Board President Wendy David’s seats.
Wallace will serve as a provisional board member until the regular election in November, and will be officially sworn in at the June 23 board meeting.
Wallace operates High Country Lodge and has four children, one of them still in the district. He has participated in an array of school activities, from serving as the past-president on the Lake Tahoe Education Foundation to working in the snack shack at sporting events.
“The day I decided to apply was the day the budget was turned down (in the California special election). I’m not afraid of tough challenges,” Wallace told the Tribune after his selection.
School board President Wendy David thanked all four applicants. She said she was impressed with Wallace’s long-term commitment to the board. Wallace said he will be an electable candidate in November. The other applicants were:
n Bill Cottrill, Embassy Suites sales and marketing director. Cottrill has two children in the district. He assisted with both the Measure G and A campaigns, and serves on the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority Marketing Committee and the South Lake Tahoe Tourism Improvement District Board.
n Douglas Cichowicz, a part-time construction worker with one child in the district. He’s volunteered in classrooms and helped out coaches during practices. He’s a High Sierra Softball Coach, and an AYSO coach and referee.
n Sustainability consultant Garry Bowen, who has three grandchildren in the district.
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