Tahoe Truckee schools trustee Lisa Mohun to resign
July 8, 2010
UPDATE: 6:25 p.m. Thursday
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Lisa Mohun will be the second incumbent this year to resign a seat on the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board of Trustees, but it remains unclear when she will be officially off the board.
Mohun announced her resignation from her Area 4 seat at Wednesday night’s board meeting, but did not elaborate beyond that. She could not be reached Thursday requesting comment for this story.
In a Thursday interview, TTUSD Superintendent Steve Jennings said Mohun has yet to file a resignation letter indicating when her move becomes official.
Glenshire is part of the district’s Area 2 boundaries and#8212; including the northeast half of Truckee, upward along Highway 80 and#8212; a trustee position currently held by Board Chairwoman Kirsten Livak. Area 4 encompasses the southeast portion of Truckee.
When asked if the district will fill the position temporarily by appointment prior to the November elections, Jennings said he believes there is a provision which mandates a position cannot be filled temporarily if a trustee vacates his or her post within four months of an upcoming election.
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and#8220;She’s been on the board for the past two years, and she’s been a wonderful board member,and#8221; Jennings said.
On Wednesday night, Mohun thanked fellow trustees, constituents and the district for supporting her as she’s served on the board since being first elected in 2008, when she ran against Nancy Gisko, the incumbent at the time.
and#8220;I hope I’ve done this community the service I’ve hoped to give,and#8221; Mohun said. and#8220;I’ve enjoyed every minute and I feel I’ve learned a lot.and#8221;
Jennings said Mohun’s work ethic and participation in district issues have been outstanding.
In a February interview, Mohun had said she intended to run again for her Area 4 position. However, in light of her resignation, it appears at least two of the three trustee positions open this November will have no incumbents, considering temporary Area 1 trustee Pat Gibbons-Johnson and#8212; filling in for Bill Kraus, who resigned in March and#8212; has said she does not intend to run again for the seat.
The other incumbent and#8212; Area 5 Trustee Bev Ducey and#8212; has not said if she intends to run again and said previously she is still weighing options.
During her two years serving on the board, Mohun said her most notable accomplishment was transparency and teacher representation, a platform she ran on in 2008 before taking office.
and#8220;I hope my most recognizable accomplishment is that the public feels they are being heard,and#8221; Mohun said in February when she announced her intentions to run again. and#8220;I have and will always stand behind our community and strive to cultivate the relationship between the district and the union.and#8221;
The board on Wednesday unanimously approved across-the-board federal low-income funding at the district’s six Title One schools, meaning those with 40 percent or more of students coming from low-income families.
Dave Curry, the district’s director of educational services, said the change will allow for principals and administrative staff to spend the low-income funding more effectively for students who are struggling by becoming a and#8220;Schoolwide Program,and#8221; a Title One program that allows administrators at the low-income school sites to spend money on many programs instead of using the funds specifically for individual low-income kids.
Currently, TTUSD is a and#8220;Targeted Assistance Schooland#8221; and#8212; meaning it must identify specific students who are at risk of not meeting state academic standards, using various measures including California State Testing results.
He said this change has the potential to create more after-school programs and target more students suffering academically. The six affected schools are: Sierra Continuation High, North Tahoe Middle School, Tahoe Lake Elementary, Truckee Elementary, Kings Beach Elementary and North Tahoe High School.
Trustee Pat Gibbons-Johnson said she favored the change because of its functionality
and#8220;I just think it makes perfect sense because it’s a lot easier to administrate,and#8221; Johnson said.
Jennings said he sees the approval as something that would supplement TTUSD’s educational goals for academically challenged kids.
and#8220;It’s not going to take away money from kids, but it’s really going to target the kids who need it.and#8221; Jennings said.
Curry said low-income and severely academically struggling students will still be given priority and that each school site has a list of students with the greatest needs.
and#8220;The school sites are still bound to help the ones in most need first,and#8221; Curry said.