School board president to seek third term as trustee |

School board president to seek third term as trustee

William Ferchland

Wendy David, president of the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education, announced she will seek reelection, while fellow board veteran Madeline Fernald remains undecided.

The incumbents hold the two seats on the five-member panel that are up for candidacy for the November election. The filing period opens July 18 and runs to Aug. 12. If one incumbent doesn’t file for candidacy, the filing period is extended to Aug. 17.

David has been on the board for eight years and has frequently held the post of president.

“I did change my mind because I feel that it’s important to keep some longevity and leadership on the board as we move forward,” she said.

David, a case manager for Court Appointed Special Advocates, cited a commitment to the decision of hiring new Superintendent James Tarwater as one of her reasons. That the district is attempting to shrug off the effects of past cuts by reinstating class-size reduction, possibly reopening Meyers Elementary as a magnet school and introducing other programs only helped her decision.

“I do believe we have regrouped,” David said. “(We’re) steering the ship forward now.

“My joy comes in knowing I can perhaps be a positive part of decision-making for our school district,” she added.

David has been a board member since 1997 when she received the most votes – 27.8 percent – in a crowded field of eight candidates for the two seats. She won reelection in 2001 among two other candidates, again receiving the top votes with 45.1 percent, while Fernald was second with 36.5 percent of the ballots cast.

Fernald arrived on the board in August 2001 when she was appointed to replace Stacy Romagnolo, who received the second-most votes in 1997 but stepped down when her husband, Mark, was tapped to be principal of Sierra House Elementary.

On one hand Fernald is excited about the direction the district is taking and the collaboration with community members.

“We’re really in a very energetic mode,” she said.

But then she wonders whether she can be more effective off the board.

Fernald, lead teacher for school-aged children at the Child Development Center at Lake Tahoe Community College, said she expects to reach a decision in the “next two weeks.”

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