RIPON – The seats currently occupied by Mike Fisher and Jack DeLiddo are up for grabs come November.
They’re the two members of the Ripon Unified school board with expiring terms. Both were elected in 2008, successfully defeating incumbents.
If they opt for re-election, Fisher, who is the board president, and DeLiddo would be in position to test the newly redistricted trustee areas.
Trustees last Monday made it official, passing a resolution that paved the way for placing the two expiring four-year terms on the November ballot.
With it will come the new boundaries consisting of equally divided trustee areas – based on population, using the recent U.S. Census and in compliance with the “one person, one vote” principle, according to board members Ernie Tyhurst and Kit Oase – with 3,472 residents per boundary.
Tyhurst and Oase, in fact, did most of the footwork on the process, using their experience and expertise to save the district money that otherwise would’ve gone to a consulting firm.
They also worked at changing the voting methodology, going from a trustee-nominating area with an at-large election to a “by-and-from” trustee area.
However, this new voting process won’t take effect until 2014.
Meanwhile, those looking to challenge the incumbents must reside in the newly formed boundaries.
The district talked about conducting a public meeting later this month to inform those interested of the changes.