Folsom wins school board seat |

Folsom wins school board seat

Staff reportsTruckee resident Monty Folsom was officially elected to the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District board Area 2 seat, beating incumbent Daniel Collin by 54 votes.After waiting nearly one month for results, Folsom found out he won on Monday, one day before he would attend a conference in San Francisco with the other school board members.Folsom, the former head of Tahoe Truckee Unified’s business office, said he wants to improve communication about school issues with parents and the community. During his time as the fiscal leader of the district, Folsom helped Tahoe Truckee Unified deal with declining enrollment in schools, planning for the new bus facility, and budget and reserve shortfalls. He was unavailable for comment at press time.Folsom will represent the Prosser, Hirschdale and Glenshire areas in Truckee, but his seat was elected at large by voters in Nevada, Placer and El Dorado counties.The final Area 2 seat results were up in the air until this week. Initial Election Day results had Collin as the winner of the seat, but after a count of the absentee, provisional and overseas ballots in the three-county district, Folsom took the lead.Kristy Olk will replace outgoing trustee Karen Van Epps in the Area 3 seat, which represents the taxpayers from the state line on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe to Dollar Hill. The terms of the other seats, which are occupied by Cindy Gustafson, Mel Cone and Patricia Gibbons-Johnson, will be up for election in November 2006.County votes are officialThe Nevada County Clerk-Recorder Kathleen Smith said results from the Nov. 2 election were made official as of Monday, one day before the deadline.The board of supervisors will vote on a resolution certifying the winners at their next board meeting Dec. 7.The official canvas and certification of the election includes things such as manually counting 1 percent of the precincts, processing provisional votes and counting mail-in ballots.Counting of the 7,000 absentee, overseas, military and provisional ballots was completed on Nov. 23 with no changes in results from the day of election. Smith said no one has asked for a recount in any of the races. Those who do wish to request a recount must do so within five days after results have been made official and will be charged for the cost of the recount unless the recount produces a different winner, according to election law.

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