Challenge planned over school board seat |

Challenge planned over school board seat

It appears two school districts won’t have their boundaries redrawn to put a board member’s house in the district he was elected to serve.

But the first runner-up in the school board race plans to file a complaint with the attorney general about it.

Jay Betz, who won the second highest number of votes out of seven candidates in the November election for Pleasant Ridge Union School District, was sworn in Dec. 10 despite questions whether he could keep the seat.

Betz said Tuesday night he plans to serve on the board. His address is in the Pleasant Ridge Union School District, but his house in the Clear Creek School District. Betz changed his address after he constructed a driveway to connect to Otter Drive, which put him the Pleasant Ridge Union School District where his children go to school.

Gary Clarke, who came in fourth for three vacant seats, said Tuesday night he plans to pursue the only avenue left to challenge Betz’ election: a quo warranto complaint with the attorney general.

The Pleasant Ridge board of trustees voted Jan. 7 to ask the Clear Creek board of trustees to redraw their mutual boundary line to put Betz’ house and a few other parcels into Pleasant Ridge’s. The Clear Creek School District board of trustees voted not to participate in redrawing their district lines to exclude a trustee voted to serve on a neighboring school board, saying they feel that it was “a political issue that has been forced upon” them.

If both districts had agreed, the matter would have gone before the County Committee of School District Reorganization to redraw the boundaries.

“The issue’s moot unless the attorney general does anything,” said Terry McAteer, Nevada County superintendent of schools.

Or the 11-member County Committee of School District Reorganization could act independently and bring the item up, “but I’ve received no calls from them,” said McAteer, the committee’s secretary.

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