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Lodi Unified School District board opens door to trustee applicants

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Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 5:53 am, Thu Nov 3, 2011.

In a few short weeks, a new trustee will sit on the Lodi Unified School District Board of Trustees. At Tuesday’s meeting, the board agreed to provisionally appoint a replacement for former trustee Ken Davis.

Letters of interest and resumes are required and will be accepted in the superintendent’s office through 12 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, though the district office will be closed from Nov. 21–25.

Trustees Bonnie Cassel, Joe Nava and Ron Heberle were appointed to the board subcommittee that will review applications to ensure residency in Trustee Area 2, a region covering North Stockton.

A more detailed map of the area will soon be available online at www.lodiusd.net.

A special public board meeting to interview the candidates and make an appointment is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 8. The new board member will be seated on Dec. 13 at the annual organizational meeting. In December of 2012, the end of Davis’s term, the seat will go to election.

There was another appointment item on Tuesday’s agenda. Bonnie Cassel will replace Davis on the board of directors of the Giving Opportunities to Kids Foundation. Davis removed himself from this board as well when he stepped down from the school board.

Also, the field is open to find a construction contract to relocate Katnich Community Day School, a program that houses students who were expelled from other campuses. The board authorized district staff to advertise and bid for the relocation project.

The current school setup at Henderson School offers little room to expand the growing program.

The district’s facilities and planning department considered several options to find a new home for Katnich.

One idea was to consolidate other campuses to give Katnich its own site, while another proposal involved leasing a commercial space to house the school. But both of these ideas would require new administrative staff to be hired.

The Clements Elementary School site is still unused, but would be too small for the program’s expanding needs.

Instead, the board voted 5-1 in favor of moving the school to unused space within the Henderson School site.

Preparing the new area for use will require some construction, including new sidewalks and electrical wiring. Portable classrooms will be moved from other campuses to accommodate the expansion.

It will cost about $580,000 to relocate the school at the same site, which the district will pay over four years using revenue from the school.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.

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