One Incumbent, Three New Trustees Take Oath For EGUSD

Forcina promises collaboration with Elk Grove mayor, city council Following last months historic election that saw three new members e...

Forcina promises collaboration with Elk Grove mayor, city council

Following last months historic election that saw three new members elected to the seven-member Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Trustees, those new trustees and one incumbent took their oaths last night during a ceremony at the district's offices.

Taking their oath's were new trustees Carmine Forcina, Steve Ly and Tony Perez and incumbent Chet Madison Sr. All were elected to four year terms.

After being sworn in all four men took the opportunity to comment on the various financial and labor struggles the district encountered and the collective hope that with the financial aid provided by the passing of Proposition 30, the next year should be a better one.

After offering thanks and observations in English, Ly, who is of Hmong decent, offered more thoughts in Hmong. While no translation was offered, Ly was visibly moved as he spoke to the numerous Hmong elders in the audience.

Also attending the standing-room-only ceremony where California Assembly Member Roger Dickinson (D- Sacramento), SMUD Director Genevieve Shiroma, Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis and Elk Grove Planning Commissioner Nancy Chaires. Forcina, Ly and Perez, who ran a semi-slate type campaign, were all aided by Davis' extensive political operation.

During his comments Forcina noted that he, Ly and Perez were all elected because they felt the board needed to change and be more responsive to the community.

"What we are also looking forward to is a very close relationship between the Elk Grove board and the city of Elk Grove because there are many things that we could do together for the betterment of the community," Forcina said. "We are also looking forward to doing that with Mayor Davis."

Davis who is employed as the political director of EdVoice, a millionaire-funded education advocacy reform group that among other things advocates for charter schools, last year unsuccessfully petitioned the EGUSD for the establishment of a charter school.

Interestingly Forcina, Ly and Perez all expressed qualified opposition to charter schools at various candidate forums during the campaign. During a forum sponsored by the Elk Grove Education Association on Oct. 4, when asked about the growing national trend of mayors interjecting themselves in school board matters, at the time Ly opposed the trend and said "it is not within their scope."

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