John Wojcik resigns from school board |

John Wojcik resigns from school board

The longest sitting member of the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District Board of Trustees resigned last Thursday, while the fresh-face of a high school senior was added.

John Wojcik announced his resignation from the board via a letter read by TTUSD Board President Suzanne Prouty.

Ashley Whaley, a senior at North Tahoe High School, was introduced as the non-voting student member of the board.

Serving for over seven years, Wojcik decided to leave with one year left in his term because a career opportunity is keeping him away from his home in Tahoe City.

When Bank of the West purchased SierraWest Bank, it asked Wojcik to become senior vice president/chief auditor of Bank of the West, which has 160 branches compared to SierraWest’s 20 branches.

“It was a significant career opportunity. I didn’t want to pass on it,” said Wojcik.

John and his wife, Vikki, wanted to continue to live in Tahoe City while their son, Johnny, completes his senior year in high school. He said they haven’t decided whether to stay until their son, Chris, a sophomore, completes school. Their daughter, Shannon, is now a sophomore in college.

He has been an assistant coach for the boys’ varsity soccer team during weekends.

Wojcik ran against one of the three trustees in a recall election, and was narrowly defeated. Later that year, he was appointed to fulfill the unexpired term of Zoey Todd. He was unopposed in two elections since.

He said the most significant accomplishment while he was on the board was the hiring of Superintendent Pat Gemma.

“We were hoping to find someone exceptional,” he said.

Other highlights include the passage of Measure S and the school bonds.

Wojcik was the representative of Tahoe City to Old County Road, the West Shore, Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley.

The board will appoint Wojcik’s successor, Prouty said.

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