Turlock Unified School District Trustee Lori Crivelli has resigned from the Board just after Crivelli, along with newly elected Bob Weaver and Josh Bernard, was officially seated on December 8, 2009.
Crivelli’s resignation is due to possible conflicts of interest from her family’s business relationships with the school district.
Lori Crivelli’s resignation is effective immediately.
Lori Crivelli has released a statement:
I wish to sincerely thank the citizens of Turlock for their vote of confidence in electing me to the Board of Education. Our school district is facing many very difficult decisions in the months and years ahead. It is important that as trustees we make those decisions free from any actual or even perceived conflicts of interest. As I assumed this new leadership position, I asked TUSD’s legal counsel to advise me on whether any of my family’s business relationships with the school district might create the potential for a conflict of interest in the future. After careful consideration, rather than abstaining from some decisions that could appear to be a conflict, I feel it would be in the best interest of Turlock Unified School District and my family if I resign my position as a Trustee. My family and I will continue to support the Turlock Unified School District. I sincerely wish much success to my colleagues on the Board of Trustees and will continue to support them in their efforts to serve the students and families of Turlock.
“It is with deep regret that we have accepted the resignation of Trustee Lori Crivelli,” said TUSD Superintendent Sonny Da Marto. “We certainly appreciate how difficult this decision was for her, but respect her integrity and obvious concern for the school district by agreeing to step down. Her enthusiasm and abilities will be missed.”
The TUSD Board must decide how to fill the vacancy left by Crivelli’s resignation within 60 days according to California Government Code Section 1780 and may include appointing a replacement or calling for a special election (referenced below).
The remaining members of the district board shall make the appointment pursuant to this subdivision within 60 days after either the date on which the district board is notified of the vacancy or the effective date of the vacancy, whichever is later.
If the vacancy occurs in the first half of a term of office and at least 130 days prior to the next general district election, the person appointed to fill the vacancy shall hold office until the next general district election that is scheduled 130 or more days after the date the district board is notified of the vacancy, and thereafter until the person who is elected at that election to fill the vacancy has been qualified. The person elected to fill the vacancy shall hold office for the unexpired balance of the term of office.
In lieu of making an appointment the remaining members of the board may within 60 days of the date the district board is notified of the vacancy or the effective date of the vacancy, whichever is later, call an election to fill the vacancy.
If the vacancy is not filled by the district board by appointment, or if the district board has not called for an election within 60 days of the date the district board is notified of the vacancy or the effective date of the vacancy, whichever is later, then the city council of the city in which the district is wholly located, or if the district is not wholly located within a city, the board of supervisors of the county representing the larger portion of the district area in which the election to fill the vacancy will be held, may appoint a person to fill the vacancy within 90 days of the date the district board is notified of the vacancy or the effective date of the vacancy, whichever is later, or the city council or board of supervisors may order the district to call an election to fill the vacancy.