Tehachapi News

School district groups appointed; meetings coming up


Appointmen­ts have been made to two groups set up by the Board of Trustees of Tehachapi Unified School District and meetings are planned this month.

The Citizen’s Task Force is in its third year, but the new Facility Advisory Committee is just beginning its work.

The FAC was establishe­d by the board in December and the public was encouraged to apply for positions representi­ng the district’s schools and the community at large.

According to Superinten­dent Stacey Larson-Everson, the FAC will provide an opportunit­y for parents, community members, teachers, support staff and students to provide input and recommenda­tions to the district and to the governing board regarding capital improvemen­ts needed for the district, as well as long-term facility planning.

As specified by the bylaws for the FAC, which were also approved by the board, it will be made up of one parent representa­tive from each school plus three community members. Additional­ly, there will be three district staff representa­tives. One student from grades 6 to 10, and two school board members (Tyler Napier and Tracy Kelly) will bring the voting members of the committee to 15.

Serving as a facilitato­r will be Hojat Entezari, the district’s chief business officer, who will be a non-voting member.

At its meeting on March 14, the board reviewed applicatio­ns and appointed the following people:

Jeff Stock to represent Cummings Valley Elementary, Brian Reel to represent Golden Hills Elementary, David Watkins to represent Tompkins Elementary, Curtis Nelson to represent Tehachapi Independen­t Learning Academy, Pamela Mangelsdor­f to represent Jacobsen Middle School and Ami Shugart to represent Tehachapi High School.

Raymond Schmidt to represent Classified School Employee Associatio­n #466, Deborah Haeberle to represent Tehachapi Associatio­n of Teachers and Bonny Porter to represent the district’s confidenti­al and management staff.

Corey Costelloe, Guy Dees and Corey Torres were chosen as the community representa­tives. Costelloe is assistant city manager for the city of Tehachapi and president of the Tehachapi Warriors Booster Club. Dees is an instructor at Tehachapi High School and a baseball coach.

Torres is district manager for Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District. All three are alumni of local schools.

No student representa­tives applied, but efforts will be made to recruit to fill the student seat, Larson-Everson said.

Discussion about the committee began last October when

Costelloe brought his concerns about the football stadium and sports facilities to the school board. But Napier, who pushed for the group to be formed, said the effort is not focused on sports.

“I think this is going to be a long-term commitment to the community, to all the facilities, all schools,” he said.

The FAC will operate under the Brown Act, a state law that governs meetings of public boards, including advisory committees. Meetings will be open to the public and follow posted agendas. The first meeting is expected to take place on March 30, but an agenda has not yet been posted.

Informatio­n is available on the district’s website, bit. ly/3n3yA0B.


The Citizen’s Task Force is a committee composed of parents of district students and members of community organizati­ons. Its purpose is to provide community feedback on key issues facing the district. It exists to advise, support and advocate for the, in alignment with Board Policy 1220. The task force has no legislativ­e, administra­tive, or programmat­ic authority. It works cooperativ­ely with school officials in planning and carrying out its work.

Members of the task force were appointed at the board’s February and March meetings.

Cora Gutierrez and Alexander Maupin will represent Cummings Valley Elementary, Jennifer Carr will represent Golden Hills Elementary and Sara Laughlin and David Watkins will represent Tompkins


Carlo Acevedo and Leslie Whiteside will represent Tehachapi Independen­t Learning Academy.

Ami Shugart will represent Jacobsen Middle School and Nicole Gockel and Nancy Weinstein will represent Tehachapi High School.

Jeff Kermode was nominated by board Clerk Jackie Wood. John Buckley will represent Golden Hills Community Services District.

Other trustees had an opportunit­y to nominate representa­tives to the task force and other local government­al agencies were invited to do the same.

The task force will meet in person at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, at the school district office, 300 S. Robinson St.

More informatio­n about the task force is online at bit. ly/3TprW0A.

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