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Tahoe Truckee school board split over November election rules

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; What was thought to be a commonplace approval of Novemberand#8217;s election rules turned into a heated debate Wednesday as school board trustees couldnand#8217;t agree on geographic boundaries of trustee candidates.

The issue at Wednesdayand#8217;s Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting focused voting resolution specifying whether or not a trustee candidate should be chosen from a specific geographic area within the district and#8212; as current TTUSD trustees are divided and#8212; or whether trustees should be chosen at large with candidates coming from any geographic area in the district.

Trustee Lisa Mohun questioned why the three trustees seats to be elected Nov. 2 and#8212; including her Area 4 seat, Bev Duceyand#8217;s Area 5 seat and the now-resigned Bill Krausand#8217; Area 1 seat and#8212; should be selected based on geographic area.

and#8220;We are not here for our area and#8212; we are here for all of our kids,and#8221; said Mohun, adding that an at-large election allow district candidates to be selected from a broader range of people.

Ducey challenged the notion, describing an at-large vote as and#8220;extremely dangerousand#8221; and said it could set a precedent for trustees coming only from one geographic area to be biased.

and#8220;You’re talking about fundamentally changing what we do in our district,and#8221; Ducey said to Mohun.

Ducey and Board President Kristy Olk voted in support of the districtand#8217;s area trustee voting boundaries and related resolutions, while Mohun and trustee Kirsten Livak voted against.

In a Thursday interview, Mohun said she feels strongly that an at-large election would benefit TTUSD by allowing a wider variety of candidates with greater expertise to be selected, by giving trustee more mobility should they desire to live in other parts of the district and by ensuring the process is open to people with more time to dedicate to the job, which she said can take up to 30 hours a week.

and#8220;I was wondering if I was compelling enough to get one other person on the board to see that the at-large way was the way to go.and#8221; Mohun said. and#8220;I think Kirsten was able to see the big picture of the district as a whole.and#8221;

Superintendent Steve Jennings said since the vote was a tie, it will be tabled until a meeting after April 26, after the board appoints a fifth trustee.

Check back next week for more news as this story develops.