After a day of questioning and interviews, The Paradise Unified School District Board of trustees will fill their position vacancy by welcoming Rich Gingery Jr. during his official swear in on Aug. 15.
Gingerly was among the four candidates who were interviewed to fill the position created by the departure of Donna Nichols.
Employees within the district and the general public were able to submit questions during the week leading up to the public meeting. During the process, the candidates were asked the questions on how they would solve problems within the district or handle educational situations.
Board President Judith Peters stated, “The board faced a hard decision, as we felt all candidates were highly qualified and would make excellent board members.”
Gingery ran for school board last November, but lost to Nichols, Melissa Crick and Michael Greer. However, he was not detoured from making an impact in the school district. His experience in education comes from serving as the president of the Cedarwood School Site Council for four years, as well as, various PUSD ad-hoc committees.
Gingery works as a co owner and behaviorist at Whispering Pines Pet Clinic in Magalia. Being a business owner, parent and resident of the Upper Ridge, he said fe feels the District often forgets about the community above Paradise.
“I’ve always felt that I was a voice for the upper Ridge,” he said via phone interview on Tuesday.
As president of the school site, Gingery voiced that the PUSD meetings needed to be held at Cedarwood and other sites in Magalia to involve the local families. He also was responsible in the push for…
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