CUSD recall efforts fail

Recall attempts against Calaveras Unified School District trustees Dennis Dunnigan and Sherri Reusche have ended after proponents missed deadlines for the recall process. Efforts would have to start from the beginning if recalls were to proceed.

Recall attempts against two trustees with the Calaveras Unified School District have ended, county election officials confirmed March 30.

Proponents did not submit a completed petition with valid signatures before the deadline last month to qualify the campaign against Area 1 trustee Sherri Reusche for the June ballot, according to Robin Glanville, assistant clerk recorder.

Proponents needed 833 valid signatures from voters within the area inside the district.

Efforts to recall Area 3 trustee Dennis Dunnigan ended when proponents failed to submit a corrected blank petition for review before the deadline.

Representatives of both recall campaigns failed to respond to requests for comment.

Both campaigns were launched in October based upon claims that both trustees failed to complete the duties of their offices. Recall proponents expressed concerns about educational programs and policies implemented by the district.

Proponents claimed at the time that both trustees were guilty of continuing to implement failed programs instead of “advocating the community’s interest.”

The recall targets said the allegations were unsubstantiated and involved emotionally charged decisions of the board.

The recall campaigns came almost immediately after a four-day strike by the Calaveras Unified Educators Association. Operations at Toyon Middle School and Calaveras High School were slowed as teachers and parents picketed and circulated recall information until teachers agreed to raises and smaller class sizes days later.

Reusche has been on the board since 2004. She was re-elected in 2016.

Dunnigan was elected for the first time in 2016.

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