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Vallecitos seeks applicants for Trustee Area 1 seat

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

The Vallecitos School District is seeking Trustee Area 1 residents who desire to serve on the school board.

Applications to fill the vacancy are available in the Vallecitos School District office. The deadline to apply is Feb. 10. Trustee Area 1 is in the north central part of the district and is on both sides of Interstate 15.

In June 2019, the Vallecitos board transitioned trustee elections from at large to by trustee area. The board members were allowed to keep their at-large seats until the expiration of their terms. The boundaries utilized the 2010 census which indicated 1,962 people living in the school district. The 2020 census indicated a total population within the Vallecitos School District of 2,271, and in February 2022, the Vallecitos board approved boundary adjustments to attain a more approximately equal population in each trustee area.

The at-large trustees elected in 2018 who were allowed to keep their seats until the end of 2022 included Sally Forester, who announced her resignation in August 2021 due to moving out of the district. In October 2021, the Vallecitos board appointed Heather Reinhardt to that at-large seat.

The Reinhardt family lived in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District before moving to Rainbow in 2019. Reinhart does not live in Trustee Area 1, so she completed her term in December 2022. No candidate filed for the Area 1 seat in the November 2022 election.

The other Vallecitos School District board members will conduct interviews of the candidates at a future board meeting before selecting an Area 1 trustee. Because the term of the seat is from December 2022 to December 2026, the seat will be subject to election for a two-year term in November 2024 although the appointed incumbent may file for that two-year term if they desire.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at [email protected].


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