Penn Valley Union School District board member resigns, vacant seat to be filled
The Penn Valley Union Elementary School District will function as a four-member board till November’s election, due to the recent resignation of board member Robert Moen.
Moen filed with the Superintendent of Schools to resign from his board seat on Aug. 18, in order to be considered as a candidate for the district’s business manager position, though, he was not hired to fill the vacancy.
“They had other candidates with more experience so I’m proud that they actually went that way, it’s better for the district,” Moen said Tuesday. “In the meantime, I will sit in the audience during board meetings until election time.”
As a newly consolidated school district, the board members for all five seats must be voted in by the public. Currently there are six candidates, including the four incumbent candidates that currently serve on the board.
Since Moen filed to run for the board before the Aug. 8 election deadline, he is still considered an incumbent on the election ballot, although he has resigned.
“All six candidates are very qualified candidates,” Moen said. “But I would just like to continue to serve on the board.”
Current board president Carolyn Bronson said she was initially disappointed to see Moen resign from the board, but says working with four board members for the next two months will not be a challenge.
“We’re highly collaborative and we give it 150 percent all the time,” Bronson said. “So we’ll continue to do that and to meet the challenges to provide the best possible service for our district.”
Bronson took over Moen’s budgetary tasks as a member of the board’s budget committee, and will fill that void until the Nov. 4 election decides the district’s official board.
According to election rules, the top three vote-getters in the board’s election will each receive four-year terms, while the bottom two will receive two-year terms. The lowest vote-getter of the six candidates will not be selected to be on the board.
District superintendent Angela Haick said the board must function with four members until the election, and cannot appoint an interim board member in the meantime due to board policy.
“When there’s a vacancy that’s three months before the election, we do not appoint the vacancy,” Haick said. “We wait until the election, so with a five-member board and with one resigning, our quorum would be three votes to pass any board actions.”
Haick said she looks forward to the public voting for the board members they believe will do the best job for the district’s students.
“We always want people who are advocates for our students and the community and who are wiling to put the time into knowing the rules and regulations,” Haick said. “And people that are focused on the community.”
Superintendent of Schools Holly Hermansen said that the district consolidation process has been smooth, and the candidates to fill the board come November are impressive.
“Everybody who has filed has been current board members on one of the two old district boards,” Hermansen said. “So I think that they’re in great shape.”
To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4236.
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