Turlock trustee vacancy leaves options

naustin@modbee.comJuly 8, 2013 

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Turlock Unified School District trustees will hold a special meeting tonight to decide how to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Grady Welch.

Elected in November 2011, Welch resigned his seat effective July 5 with 2½ years left on his term.

Turlock Superintendent Sonny Da Marto said Welch did not give a reason for stepping down. "He just stated that there were many extenuating circumstances that prevented him from fulfilling his duties as a trustee," Da Marto said Monday.

Welch is a parole agent for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, working in Stanislaus County. According to information on the district website, he has four children ranging in age from preschool to college, and he coaches baseball and soccer.

The agenda notes two options to fill his seat: making a provisional appointment until the November 2015 election, or calling for a special election.

An appointment would likely cost less than $500, while the anticipated cost for a special election ranges from $56,000 to $96,250, an agenda report says.

The board will consider creating a network systems supervisor position, with a salary about $9,000 higher than the current technology post.

The Turlock Unified School District Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the professional development center, 1100 Cahill Ave., Turlock. For a full agenda, go online to http://bit.ly/TurlockBoard.

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