Election 2010: Tahoe Truckee school board members mixed on running again
February 12, 2010
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; As November election filing dates loom, the three school district trustees up for re-election have mixed views.
Potential issues facing the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District over the next four years range from state budget cuts, teacher performance pay, student test scores, the districtand#8217;s campaign to renew Measure A funding, its ability to communicate with the public and policy issues surround English Learner students.
As of this week, Lisa Mohun said sheand#8217;ll run again, Bev Ducey said she is undecided and Bill Kraus said he will not run.
Mohun said her intentions are a result of experience gained and her desire to have better communication throughout the district.
and#8220;If elected, I will stay committed to focusing my energy on the very necessary communication needs in our district,and#8221; Mohun said.
and#8220;I hope my most recognizable accomplishment is that the public feels they are being heard,and#8221; Mohun continued. and#8220;I have and will always stand behind our community and strive to cultivate the relationship between the district and the union.and#8221;
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A big reason for Krausand#8217; decision not to run, he said, is his estimation of the impact heand#8217;d have. After the controversy of last yearand#8217;s recall and#8212; in which he, Ducey and trustee Kristy Olk were challenged and#8212; and the districtand#8217;s lakeside reconfiguration, Kraus said he is concerned people have lost focus on the real issues.
During his current tenure, Kraus said he was forced to resign from his job at Tahoe Maritime Museum because of school board issues. He also said his main critics, the recall advocates and the Tahoe Truckee Education Association, have attacked him without a willingness to have a dialogue.
and#8220;Itand#8217;s human nature and#8212; if you demonize someone, you make them inhuman, and thatand#8217;s not the case for most people who have families and who just might have a difference of opinion,and#8221; Kraus said.
Initially appointed to the board in 2005, Ducey ran unopposed in 2006.
Like Kraus, Ducey said she is weighing how much of an impact she can have, adding that when she is ready, she will announce her decision.
and#8220;Right now I am focused on fulfilling my responsibility as a board member,and#8221; Ducey said. and#8220;Thereand#8217;s a lot of work to be done this year and I think it would be great if we all focused our efforts on furthering student learning at this point in time versus politics.and#8221;