Board to consider redrawing district for new member
A south-county school board may decide at its meeting tonight to start the months-long process of asking a county committee to bring a board member’s house within district boundaries.
Jay Betz, who won the second highest number of votes out of seven candidates in the November election for the Pleasant Ridge Union School District board of trustees, was sworn in Dec. 10 in the midst of questions of whether he could keep the seat, since his house is located in the Clear Creek School District.
His address is in the Pleasant Ridge Union School District.
The Pleasant Ridge Union School District board of trustees may vote today on whether they should first ask the Clear Creek School District board of trustees to redraw their mutual boundary line to put Betz’ house and a few other parcels into the Pleasant Ridge district.
If Clear Creek agrees, both boards must ask the County Committee of School District Reorganization to redraw the boundaries. Public hearings must be held and a decision reached between 120 and 180 days after the hearings.
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.
The district’s legal counsel Mary Beth De Goede said at the board’s Nov. 19 meeting that the board would not contest Betz’ election, but that any member of the public could.
As of 5 p.m. Monday, the state attorney general’s office could not verify a record of complaint challenging Betz’ eligibility to serve as a board member.
KNOW & GO
WHAT: Pleasant Ridge Union School District board of trustees meeting to discuss whether to start the process to redraw district boundaries to include a board member1s house.
WHEN: 7 p.m. today
WHERE: James W. Meshwert Building, 22580 Kingston Lane, Grass Valley (near Lake of the Pines)
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