Voters recall 2 West Ada trustees

So what's next for the school district?

MERIDIAN - Voters in the West Ada School District opted to recall two trustees, bringing to an end a long-running dispute that began with the ouster of the district's former superintendent last year.

Sixty-two percent of voters voted in favor of recalling Tina Dean, and 63 percent were in favor of recalling Carol Sayles.

The results aren't official until both the Canyon County Commissioners and the Ada County Commissioners certify the recall. West Ada School District spokesperson Eric Exline says that should happen on May 23rd.

Exline added from there the district will start taking applications and conducting interviews for possible replacements. 

"The three remaining members of the board select the replacements and they're actually sworn into office on the next board meeting, which is June 10th," Exline said.

Whoever replaces the recalled trustees will only be there in the interim because of the four-year term for both Dean and Sayles is up next May.

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The group Concerned Citizens of West Ada started campaigning for the removal of four out of five school board members about 10 months ago.

Caroline Merritt, a member of the group behind the trustee recall, told KTVB last week the turmoil started when trustees Russell Joki and Julie Madsen were elected to the board and set out to remove then-superintendent Dr. Linda Clark from her post.

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The group claimed the in-fighting caused a "state of chaos and dysfunction" in the school board, and caused harm to the district by wasting taxpayer money on attorneys.

Joki and Madsen were targeted with recall as well, but have resigned since the effort was triggered.

Concerned Citizens of West Ada, the group advocating for the recall of Dean and Sayles, issued the following statement Tuesday night:

"The positive results of tonight's election reflects what we've been hearing from members of the community for months," said Christine Donnell, former Joint School District #2 Superintendent and co-chair of Concerned Citizens of West Ada, the group advocating for the recall. "As we've gone door-to-door and talked with our friends and neighbors, we heard a community who was ready to put an end to the politics and dysfunction that had overtaken our board during the past ten months. Tonight marks the first step in getting our District back on track and returning the focus to what's best for the children in our classrooms. We want to thank all of our supporters and our volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure that success was the only possible outcome tonight."


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