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Prospective School Trustees to Receive Education in New Duties

SCOE Sponsors Candidate Information Night for North Area School District Election

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Candidates seeking school trustee posts with the new North Area School District may take part in an informational meeting designed to assist them in their new roles if elected.

On November 6, 2007, voters who reside in the Grant Joint Union High School District (GJUHSD), including its five elementary feeder districts (Del Paso Heights, Elverta, North Sacramento, Rio Linda, and Robla) will vote on a proposal to unify the Del Paso Heights, Grant, North Sacramento, and Rio Linda districts into a single, K-12, unified school district. A total of 24 candidates have qualified for the election.

Those candidates seeking office in that new district are invited to participate in an informational seminar on August 30, 2007 at the Natomas Unified School District Board Room, 1901 Arena Boulevard, Sacramento, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. [driving directions]

"If elected, these candidates will be taking on huge responsibilities that go along with not only being board members, but also with launching a new school district. It's vital that they have as much detailed information as possible about their duties and responsibilities as officeholders," said Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon.

If voters approve the unification proposal in November, the new district would become effective on July 1, 2008. It would be governed by a seven-member board. Seven trustee areas have been established for the proposed district, and one board member will be elected from each trustee area by all of the voters in the district.

The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) will provide attendees with information on the reorganization process, a thorough explanation of the duties and responsibilities of new board members, the responsibilities in establishing a new district, development of policies and procedures, and the rights of employees of reorganized districts.

A representative from the California School Boards Association (CSBA) will also be on hand to brief the candidates on their recommendations on the roles and responsibilities of school board members.

The public is invited to attend. Due to time constraints, only questions from school board candidates to the presenters will be entertained. The event is not a candidate debate.

For more information about the workshop, contact, call (916) 228-2669.