Seat on LTCC board is filled
Two rounds of voting on slips of yellow paper resulted in the first new board member for Lake Tahoe Community College in 15 years.
Molly Blann was tapped Tuesday to fill the seat of Pat Amundson who passed away July 1 from natural causes. Blann, a real estate broker with board experience, will fulfill Amundson’s term until Dec. 2 and plans to file candidacy for the Nov. 8 election to remain on the board for a four-year term.
“I feel strongly about the value of Lake Tahoe Community College to the community,” Blann said. “The college is going through an exciting time. There is new growth and expansion of the facilities. I look forward to helping guide that development in the future.”
At the noon meeting, Kerry David asked members to write their selection of the top three candidates. David, the board’s president, pared the answers to three names: Blann, Kim Carr and Peggy Kortes.
Carr and Kortes have both worked at the college. And while the board was impressed with the qualifications of the eight applicants, most of the talk turned to Blann and her ties to the business community.
“Molly’s involvement with the business community is something I think the four of us don’t have anymore,” said board member Kenneth Rollston, who interrupted a vacation in Montana to help interview applicants Monday and pick Amundson’s successor Tuesday.
The eight applicants had a combined 217 years of residency in Tahoe, an impressed board member Roberta Mason noted.
After a discussion on the three, David asked each board member to write their selections on another yellow piece of paper.
David, president of the board, and Mason are seeking re-election. Blann said she didn’t consider joining the board until a seat opened. At 46, she is the youngest person on the board, not including student trustee Derek Bowles.
The five-member board, when Amundson was alive, had been together since 1990 when David joined. In that 15-year span the incumbents ran unopposed.
Things could change this year. Besides David, Mason and Blann intending to run, Malcolm Pribyl, owner of an insurance company, has filed candidacy forms.
Pribyl, who was one of the eight applicants to fill the open seat, said he will use the time between now and Aug. 12, the date when the filing period ends, to contemplate whether he wants to run.
“I’m certainly staying interested,” Pribyl said.
Blann has been a South Shore resident for 23 years with 22 of those in South Lake Tahoe. A real estate broker for Aspen Realty, she is a member of the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, serving as president in 2002. She has also served on board with the South Lake Tahoe Association of Realtors and the California Association of Realtors.
Anyone opposing Blann’s appointment can circulate a petition to collect 3,115 signatures. The petition would need to be submitted to the El Dorado County Office of Education within 30 days of the appointment.
Under normal circumstances a special election would be called, but since Amundson’s term ends in four months the seat would remain vacant until the November election.
– E-mail William Ferchland at email@example.com
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