School district recognizes employees, names teacher of the year

The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District highlighted its employees of the year during Wednesday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

The seven selected employees will be recognized during a May 9 ceremony at Morgan Creek Golf Club in Roseville, and will later be in the running to be to named Placer County’s list of employees of the year.

Truckee High School’s Craig Rowe was named the district’s teacher of the year. The district also highlighted the work of North Tahoe High School’s Hilary Jimenez as wellness specialist of the year; Maria Bribiesca as custodian of the year; Tichelle Criswell from the transportation department; Lisa Weise from food and nutrition services; Melissa Giannetto from clerical and administrative services; Truckee High School campus monitor Tom Mohun; and Mandy Karvonen from paraprofessional services.

“It takes a village,” said Superintendent Chief Learning Officer Carmen Ghysels. “It takes all of us in our jobs, in our wheel house, to provide the best educational experience for our students.”

The board also received its final update on Measure E. The Measure E bond program was approved by voters in 2014 and provided $62 million to upgrade lakeside schools, including work to update technology infrastructure, improve facilities, modernize and build new classrooms, upgrades to campus security and more. Projects have included work done at Tahoe Lake Elementary, Kings Beach Elementary, North Tahoe School, and North Tahoe High School.

In the 2018-19 fiscal year, a total of $28,866,320 in Measure E funding was used. That number fell to $9,183,797 the following fiscal year. The fund is now fully exhausted.

Justin Scacco is a staff writer with the Sierra Sun. He can be reached at

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