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OíConnor resigns from FUHSD; trustee seat open for applications

Thursday, June 20th, 2013
Issue 25, Volume 17.
Debbie Ramsey
Managing Editor
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An individual is being sought to fill a position on the Fallbrook Union High School District (FUHSD) board of trustees following the notice of resignation submitted by Bill OíConnor, who has served in the position for seven years. The unification of the Bonsall school district is what has necessitated the action, since district governing board members must reside in the school district they serve. OíConnorís residence will now be within the Bonsall Unified boundary.

"When the effort to pass Proposition B was underway, I knew that if Bonsall became unified it would put me out of a job," said OíConnor. "After the election was certified, I inquired as to what the procedure would be and was told I didnít have to resign until June 1, 2014, but I feel itís best to have a new person begin understanding the process and the job now." OíConnor will perform his duties, he said, until August 1.

His current (second) term runs until November 2014.

"If someone gets involved now, then perhaps he or she could put their hat in the ring for the next election," he said.

OíConnor, who has been very visible in the community carrying out his duties, says his service on the board has been satisfying and challenging.

"Since I came onto the board, weíve been in survival mode due to the downturn in the economy; we have always been trying to work on the budget and we are now at the point that the next budget should be sustainable and the district should be able to maintain fiscal integrity; that is an accomplishment," said OíConnor, admitting some of the reductions were not what he would have preferred to do.

"Some of the cuts are not what I would have liked, but it has gotten us closer to a balanced budget," he said.

Certain achievements stand out in OíConnorís mind.

"I am satisfied we were able to work out keeping the district office next to the schools and that we were able to improve the stadium with the new track and turf," he said.

Challenges on the horizon, OíConnor said, undoubtedly involve the change with Bonsall.

"To be frank, the Bonsall unification is going to make [balancing the budget] more difficult." he said.

At its June 10 board meeting, the Fallbrook Union High School District decided to move forward immediately in seeking applicants to fill OíConnorís seat.

According to superintendent Dr. Dale Mitchell, candidates for the seat must be 18 years old or older, a citizen of California, and a resident and registered voter in the Fallbrook Union High School District. An application form (along with guidelines for holding a public office) can be obtained by sending an email to, downloaded at or picked up at the district office, 2234 South Stage Coach Lane, Fallbrook.

"The Board of Trustees will make an appointment to fill the vacancy in an open session at its July 8, 2013 regular meeting," said Mitchell in a press release. "At that time, candidates who have submitted completed applications will be interviewed by board members."



Comment Profile ImageFR 86
Comment #1 | Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 4:42 pm
It seems a little funny to me that the replacement candidates will be interviewed and approved by the existing boards members.......

But then again that's how you maintain status quo.
Comment Profile ImageRoute 66
Comment #2 | Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 4:39 am
Economic Downturn --Survival Mode...?!?! He's right...but it only affects the 99% ers.

Thanks for your hard work and community involvement--in keeping the Titanic.afloat!
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Comment #3 | Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 8:48 am
Would you prefer to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a special election?
Comment Profile Imagekma
Comment #4 | Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm
I'd prefer they put a teacher from one of the high schools they operate, in his seat!
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Comment #5 | Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 11:35 am
This is how the law prescribes filling a vacancy. It must be done at a public meeting. Either that or a special election must be held which would be up to $300,000.
A teacher cannot serve on the board. It would be a conflict of interest.

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