Pierce School Board seats members, reorganizes for 2019

Pierce Joint Unified School District saw one incumbent and one newly elected member seated to the Board of Trustees last Thursday. Pierce Superintendent Carol Geyer administered the oath of office on Dec. 13 to Nadine High, who was reelected on Nov. 6 to serve another four-year term.

Geyer also swore in Barbara Bair, who won her first term in a contested election, unseating longtime board member John Friel.

“I am proud, grateful and honored to be joining the board as a new trustee,” Bair said, after the meeting. “I am excited to work with our current trustees to help look for ways to keep improving, and I am so thankful for all of the support I received. I will work hard to be worthy of it, and I will continue to encourage input from our students, parents, staff and community on how we can do better.”

Bair is owner and president of Alta California Foods. She and her husband, Lewis Bair, manager of Reclamation District #108, in Grimes, have two children who have attended Pierce schools for 10 years. She served on the Site Councils at both Grand Island Elementary School and Arbuckle Elementary, and was president of the Grand Island Parent’s Club.

During the school board’s annual reorganization, High was selected to serve as president for 2019. George Green was selected to serve as vice-president.

Bair and Trustee Abel Gomez will serve on the District English Learners Advisory Committee. Trustee Amy Charter will serve on the District Advisory Committee. High will serve on the Safety Committee. Charter and Green will serve on the Ag Advisory Committee. High and Bair will serve o the Grand Island Elementary Advisory Committee. All trustees will serve on the facilities committee.

The school board last week voted 5-0 to change their regular monthly meetings to 5 PM on third Thursday of the month, beginning in January, although special meetings or changes to the regular meeting schedule may occur during the year. ■