New school board to meet in early December
By Brian D. Wilson
Santa Paula News
Published: November 16, 2012
The superintendents from the Santa Paula Elementary and Santa Paula Union High School Districts met with officials at the County Superintendent of Schools office last week to discuss what happens next with the formation of the new Unified School District.
Voters approved Measure M on November 6, which called for unifying the two districts into one. The County will take the lead in organizing the new district.
Within 20 days of the election the County Superintendent will set a meeting date for the new board. That needs to occur by November 26. They must also give the new board members 10 days notice of the meeting. The County Elections Division has to certify the election results as well.
Dr. Paul Chounet, the elementary superintendent, told his board the timeline is pretty tight. He said the new board will convene and be sworn in at that first meeting; they’ll elect a president and will have to pick a name for the new district and set meeting dates for the next year.
The three top vote getters were elected to three-year terms and the other two to a one-year term. The board has the authority to extend the terms to four and two years. If they decide to do that they would then ask the County Committee on School District Organization to approve the change.
Dr. Chounet said they’re already getting calls asking what’s going to happen. He said they’re taking contact information and forwarding the questions to the County Schools office.