Out-of-district school trustee sworn in
Jay Betz, the candidate elected to represent a school district in which he does not reside, was sworn into office Tuesday night.
Pleasant Ridge Union School District trustees also discussed asking Clear Creek School District, in which Betz’ lives, to consider allowing a county committee to redraw district boundaries to put Betz’ residence in their district.
But a motion to make the request died for lack of a second and the board voted 3-2 to table the motion until their Jan. 7 meeting instead.
Betz came in second out of seven candidates only to incumbent Joann Rossovich, netting 3,078 votes, or 17.9 percent, to Rossovich’s 18.06 percent, or 3,106 votes.
Carol Brady, who was also sworn in Tuesday and who ran with Betz and another candidate as a team, argued that “voters have spoken” and elected Betz knowing that while his address is in the Pleasant Ridge Union School District, his house is in the Clear Creek School District.
Don Johnson, outgoing president of the board, said he wondered how many absentee ballots were cast before the fact that came to light a couple of weeks before the Nov. 5 election.
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.
Both school districts would have to agree to redraw the boundaries, hold public hearings and then get the approval of the 11-member County Committee on School District Reorganization. The process could take six months.
The district’s legal counsel, Mary Beth De Goede, said at the November 19 meeting that the board would not contest Betz’ election, but that any member of the public could.
As of Tuesday, the state Attorney General’s office had no record of a complaint challenging Betz’ eligibility to serve as a board member, which would touch off an investigation into Betz’ eligibility to hold the office.
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