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Jennifer Collier resigns from Galt elementary school district board

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Jennifer Collier

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:43 am, Fri Nov 18, 2011.

A Galt elementary trustee has resigned and the district is planning to seat a provisional appointee next month.

Jennifer Collier did not attend Wednesday's school board meeting, but forwarded a prepared letter to fellow trustees. Although she said it had been an honor and privilege to serve, for personal reasons she is unable to continue as a board member after less than a year in the position.

"I have valued the experience to participate in leadership in our community," Collier wrote. "I hope the future holds promise and success for all students in Galt."

She could not be reached for comment.

Board president John Gordon said he was saddened to see his peer step down. "She was a valuable member on our board, and her participation will be missed," he said.

Collier, a former elementary school librarian, was seated on the Galt board last December when she easily won the election. In a five-person race for three open seats, she was the top vote-getter.

Among her campaign goals were supporting music and drama programs, and obtaining grants to fill funding gaps.

At Wednesday's meeting, Superintendent Karen Schauer outlined steps for appointing a new trustee by the Dec. 14 board meeting.

  • Today, the district plans to post the process and timeline on its Web site.
  • Applications are due to the district office Nov. 30. Two board members will review the applications to determine board member eligibility. In addition to being 18, applicants must be registered to vote and have lived within the district for one year immediately preceding the appointment.
  • A special board meeting on a yet-to-be-set date will be held to publicly interview candidates. Trustees will select one by a majority vote.

The new board member will begin Dec. 14 and serve through December 2012 at which time a general election will be held. He or she may run at that time.

A special election was not discussed.

Trustees currently receive a $180-a-month stipend and district health benefits. They took a self-imposed 10 percent cut earlier this year.

Gordon said among the traits he wants to see in a provisional appointee is someone who is not only honest and possesses integrity to make the right decision during the most difficult times, but someone who willing to be involved in supporting school functions, understanding educational trends or getting the information needed to take a position on a board action item. "School boards need life long learners," he added

The Lodi Unified school board is currently going through the same process as longtime trustee Ken Davis resigned last month. Resumes and letters of interest for that position must be received by Nov. 28.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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