Tahoe Truckee school district recall opponents defend stance | SierraSun.com

Tahoe Truckee school district recall opponents defend stance

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Kelly Twomey, a parent of two students, told dozens of area leaders Tuesday the current effort to recall three school board members and#8220;will tear our community part.

and#8220;In fact,and#8221; she said, and#8220;it’s already started.and#8221;

Twomey along with 19-year resident Jennifer Merchant presented another side of the recall issue at the First Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club meeting at Granlibakken Resort, which adjourns monthly. The recall advocates spoke in June.

Recall advocates are circulating a petition which calls for the removal of Tahoe Truckee Unified School District trustees Kristy Olk, Bev Ducey and Bill Kraus from the five-member board.

Twomey and Merchant made five points on why the recall would not be effective in altering the current path of the district, which has to cut millions from the budget and is reconfiguring schools at the same time.

The five points were:

and#8226; There are no grounds for a recall. and#8220;The board members did nothing illegal, immoral or unethical,and#8221; Merchant said.

and#8226; A recall offers no solution to closing the achievement gap. In fact, Merchant said, the school district’s gap between English speakers and those who are learning English is the worst in California.

and#8226; A recall is not fiscally prudent, as it would cost between $85,000 and $110,000.

and#8226; A recall would create more division in the community.

and#8226; Poor timing. The likely timing of a recall election would be somewhere between November 2009 and February 2010. Two of the three candidates facing recall are up for election in November 2010.

Recall advocates have publicly criticized the board for their reconfiguration of the lakeside schools, and say the district is under poor leadership.

After the presentation, a number of attendees spoke about their opinions of the district. They ranged from excitement for the reorganization of schools, to complete disgust, to the point that parents and not teachers make the most difference in a child’s education.

A Tahoe Truckee Unified School District board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at the Sierra Mountain Community Education Center, which includes a closed session for negotiations between the district and a number of teacher representatives.

The closed session ends at 6 p.m. Public comment is scheduled for 6:19 p.m., but that is subject to change.

To learn more about the opponents to the recall, visit http://www.pro-no.org.

To read the story from when the recall advocates spoke in Tahoe City, visit http://www.sierrasun.com/recalladvocates.

Find the full agenda for Wednesday’s district meeting at http://www.sierrasun.com/0708districtagenda.

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