Four seek Lake Tahoe school board seat |

Four seek Lake Tahoe school board seat

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – Four candidates are vying for the open seat on the Lake Tahoe Unified School District board.

Duane Wallace, Bill Cottrill, Douglas Cichowicz and Garry Bowen have thrown their hats in the ring to fill the interim position.

Former board member Angela Swanson resigned effective May 1.

Because Swanson left office more than four months before the end of her term, the board must make an appointment or hold a special election. Since an election is already scheduled for November for both Swanson and Board President Wendy David’s seats, the board decided to make an appointment for the remaining six months of her term.

The board must make an appointment within 60 days of the vacancy date.

The appointed candidate will serve as a provisional board member until the regular election in November. The board is scheduled to make a decision the same night, then the appointee would be sworn in at the June 23 meeting.

The interviews are scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 1021 Al Tahoe Blvd. For more information on the candidates, go to

The board will also decide whether to discontinue or reduce positions in the district. Since the propositions in California’s May 19 special election didn’t pass, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released a budget revision that will affect the current and subsequent school years.

Approximately 62⁄3 certificated positions might be eliminated from the 2009-10 school year: a South Tahoe High School ninth-grade English teacher, STHS ninth-grade math teacher, STHS sections teacher, South Tahoe Middle School sixth-grade teacher, STMS section teacher, Bijou Community School teacher and an STMS assistant principal.

Other services that might be reduced or discontinued as of Aug.1, pending board approval, include two custodian positions, a micro-computer specialist, and hours for the crossing guard and elementary instructional assistants.

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