Interim trustee joins Lammserville board after resignation
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
May 17, 2013 | 1460 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Lammersville Unified School District school board appointed a new interim board member Wednesday, May 15, to fill the seat vacated by Trustee Ben Fobert on May 2.

District spokeswoman Noel Balzarini said the board voted 3-1 to appoint Shane Nielson. She said board President Micaela Vergara voted against the appointment.

A special meeting to discuss the search for a new superintendent is slated to include Nielson’s swearing-in ceremony, she said. The special meeting begins at 6 p.m. Monday, May 20.

Nielson is expected to complete Fobert’s term, which ends in November 2016.

The 37-year-old’s departure was due to personal obligations, he said during a telephone interview Tuesday, May 14.

“It’s never really a good time to leave a board you worked so hard for,” Fobert said. “It was a really hard (decision).”

He said he needed a “little bit of a break” from the board to focus more on his job as principal of Mohr Elementary School in Pleasanton and to study for his doctorate. His wife is also expecting their seventh child in the coming months.

“I don’t want to give the impression anything is wrong,” Fobert said. “I love all my fellow board members. I’m not leaving Mountain House anytime soon.

I believe in the dream of Mountain House. I feel like I’m leaving at the top of my game as a board member.”

Fobert was one of the original unified school board members, having served six years as a member of the Lammersville Elementary and Lammersville Unified school district boards.

Superintendent Dale Hansen called Fobert “a great board member” and said he sympathized with his desire to leave his position to focus on other matters.

Hansen officially retires June 30 to take more time with his family.

Fobert called the board a “huge responsibility” and said he plans to pursue other avenues to contribute to the school district.

“There’s a lot of committees and community meetings I will be involved in and providing my input,” he said. “My kids go to Questa (School), and I intend to be involved with what is going on there.”

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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