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High school board to appoint new trustee

A retired nurse, a teacher at Placer High School in Auburn and a local entrepreneur are all in the running to fill the vacant seat on the Nevada Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees.

The board will interview the three applicants Wednesday night at its monthly board meeting, set for 6 p.m. at Bear River High School. The candidates — Cynthia Latimer, Al Angulo and Michael Freedman — will be given five minutes to address the board, and board members will have the opportunity to ask follow-up questions.

Members of the public will also be given an opportunity to comment on the candidates. The board is expected to appoint its new member by majority vote after the interviews.



The chosen candidate will step into the seat vacated by Jim Adams, who previously resigned from his position effective Sept. 30. Adams, who had served on the board since 2011, moved out of his rental home in trustee Area 4, the area he represented on the school board.

Under state law, school board members must reside in the trustee area they represent. The person appointed to the board will serve the remainder of Adams’ term, which expires in early December 2016.




According to application materials submitted to the district office, Latimer is a retired nurse who has lived in Nevada County for nearly four decades. Her husband Dale is a special education teacher at Bear River High School, and her two children attended Nevada Union High School.

Latimer previously applied for a vacant seat on the board in 2011, after former board member Mark Heauser resigned. Adams was selected to fill that vacancy.

Angulo teaches automotive services and automotive technology classes at Auburn’s Placer High School as part of Placer County’s Regional Occupational Program.

According to his application, he helps make budget, human resources and policy decisions for the ROP program as a member of its Regional Leadership Liaison; he also wrote the curriculum for the automotive services and automotive technology classes offered in the ROP programs in both Placer and Nevada counties.

Angulo spent 20 years as a technician for Ford before shifting to education in 2002. He’s a Grass Valley native who graduated from Nevada Union.

Freedman is the founder and chief operating officer of Practical Academics, which develops and operates cloud-based training programs. In his application, he cited 20 years of experience managing operations for technology companies; he has also taught classes for Sierra Commons and served as a board member for Bitney Charter High School.

He is active as a member of the county’s Economic Resource Council.

Freedman has lived in Grass Valley for 10 years, and has two sons, who attend Ghidotti Early College High School and Nevada City School of the Arts.

The agenda for Wednesday’s board meeting is posted online at agendaonline.net/public/nevadajoint.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email elavin@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.


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