School Board election campaigns begin
Three candidates are running to fill two seats on the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education.
Wendy David and Stacy Romagnolo’s original terms end Dec. 7.
Romagnolo resigned from the board in July when her husband, Mark Romagnolo, became the likely candidate to replace Virginia Matus-Glenn as principal at Sierra House Elementary School.
Board President Wendy David, who took office in December 1997, filed candidacy for a second term on the board and hopes to be re-elected on this year’s Nov. 6 ballot.
Madeline Fernald, who was appointed last month to serve the remainder of Romagnolo’s term, is also running.
Longtime South Shore resident Jonnie Crawford announced candidacy, as well. Crawford was one of 12 candidates who ran for the three open positions in 1999. Lennie Schwartz, Bernadette Santana and Sue Yang won. Their terms do not expire until 2003.
The community’s interest in serving on Lake Tahoe Unified’s board has fluctuated in recent years.
In 1993, three candidates ran for two seats. No election was held in 1995 when three incumbents filed for the three available seats. Interest increased in 1997 with eight candidates filing for two positions. The 1999 ballot showed the largest number of candidates to run for the five-member board. Heated and lengthy salary negotiations between teachers and the district were a huge issue at the time and many people believed changing school board members would result in changed policy.
Three open seats on the Lake Tahoe Community College Board of Trustees will not go to ballot since only incumbents filed for the positions. Patricia Amundson, Kerry David, Roberta Mason, Kenneth Rollston and Frederick Wenck will continue serving on the community college board.
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