No trustee election will save district $20,000 |

No trustee election will save district $20,000

While competition flares for three vacant positions on the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education, the Lake Tahoe Community College Board of Trustees election has been canceled.

Dr. Frederick “Fritz” Wenck and Kenneth Rollston – two incumbents and the only candidates to file for the two available seats on the LTCC Board of Trustees – have been rolled over into another four-year term.

“I’m pleased in one sense and, in another, I’m not,” said Wenck, who has served on the five-member board for 25 years, since its inception. “It would have been nice to get out there and campaign in the community but (not having the election) also saved the college about $15,000.”

Without an election, the community college doesn’t have to pay for El Dorado County election fees. According to Pam Vario, spokeswoman for LTCC, the savings could be anywhere between $15,000 and $20,000.

Vario also said the college is happy to have the incumbents keep their positions.

“We’re thrilled,” she said. “They’re both excellent, long-standing board members and (not having to pay the election fee) is an added benefit of that.”

Rollston said he’s looking forward to the next four years.

“We have a lot of exciting projects coming up that I’d like to be a part of, such as Phase III and other innovative programs,” he said.

Rollston, who has served on the board since 1982, said it’s only been in recent years that competition has been slowed in the LTCC elections.

“Part of the reason is that the college is doing well and we serve our students well,” he said.

Wenck agreed.

“You hope it’s not apathy,” Wenck said. “Hopefully, they think we’re doing a good job.”

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