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Six apply for trustee seat

POSTED January 26, 2010 9:49 p.m.
The Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees call out for applicants who wanted to be considered for the open seat left when newly elected trustee Lori Crivelli tendered her resignation in December 2009 has resulted in six filed applications. The deadline to apply for the board position was Jan. 21.
The six candidates that applied for the TUSD trustee position are Dr. Harinder Grewal, Eulalio Martinez, Markar Gharibian, Tami Muniz, David Folly and Joanne Waters.
The six applications will be reviewed by a committee made up of three current trustees, with the most qualified being selected for a public interview in front of the entire board of trustees on Monday night.
The six applicants have varied backgrounds, some with prior school board experience, such as former TUSD trustee Tami Muniz, who lost her reelection bid in November 2009, and Folly, who serves as the vice chairperson for the Measure “Y” Committee for the district working on getting bonds for modernization projects passed.
Muniz served as a TUSD trustee from May 2005 until December 2009. She was appointed to the seat after a trustee vacancy.
“It is funny for it to come around in full circle and come back to the appointment process,” Muniz said.
She has re-applied for a trustee position because she said “it has been in my heart for the past four years.”
“It’s about representing the kids and being there for the kids,” Muniz said. “It is about making sure they have everything they need.”
Other candidates are looking for a way to be more involved in their community.
“I want to do something for my community and my community only,” said Joanne Waters, retired chief executive officer for Computer Sciences Corporation.
Waters, one of the candidates, has over 38 years of experience serving on county and international boards. Serving on a community board for the City of Turlock is one of the items on still on her list of things to do.
“I have strengths that will be of value to the community,” she said. “This is my opportunity to throw my name in the hat.”
Martinez, another candidate, wants to get involved in the school board because of his three children who attend Turlock schools, his love for the City of Turlock, and his desire to help out.
“I would like to help out in the school district,” he said. “I want to be of service to the school district. I am interested in participating in a service.”
Martinez is a past United States Marine and a volunteer fire fighter. He is now a marketing representative for Labors Employment Cooperation Education Trust South West.
Grewal lives in Keyes and works in Murrieta as a psychiatrist. He is also active in the Keyes Municipal Advisory Council and the Keyes Community Services District.
Former TUSD trustee, Timm LaVelle picked up an application for the vacant trustee position, but did not turn it in by the Jan. 21 deadline.
Interviews will be conducted in a public meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday in the Turlock High library.
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail mmartens@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.

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