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School Election - Newcomers Ready For Board Duties
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Election results are not yet certified - but it appears as though Escalon Unified School District will welcome two new board members to the panel in December.

Amy Bavaro was the top vote getter in the race for the District 3 seat held by incumbent Diane Alcorn, with Bavaro securing 344 votes (37 percent) based on results from the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters office. Alcorn was second with 291 votes, 32 percent, and challenger Mark George was third with 281 votes, or 31 percent.

In the two-way race for the District 4 seat, challenger Martha Coelho had 434 votes (61 percent) compared to 277 votes (39 percent) for incumbent Janai Stanton.

"I've already met with the new board members," Escalon Unified School District Superintendent Ron Costa noted on Friday. "They'll be going to training the week after Thanksgiving."

The training through the California School Boards Association is offered to all new school board members and will be in San Francisco. Vote totals will be finalized within the next couple of weeks, once all absentees are counted in and all provisional ballots verified, but Costa said officials are moving ahead with the thought of bringing Bavaro and Coelho on board. (Look for additional information and reaction from the new board members in the Nov. 21 issue of The Times.)

Costa said plans are to have the two sworn in at the Dec. 11 school board meeting.

"We're losing two very experienced board members that have served the district well," Costa added of Alcorn and Stanton. "Change is always difficult but I believe our new board members are concerned about the good of all students in the district."

Measure B, the school bond for Escalon Unified School District, saw overwhelming passage with a 63 percent to 37 percent vote margin; 2,510 voters in favor of issuing the bonds, 1,472 against. The bonds will finance modernization at all school sites.

"Our goal is to start the funding process in about 120 days," Costa said of getting started on the modernization work as quickly as possible.

Also a benefit for the district, and schools statewide, was the passage of Proposition 30, which avoided massive funding cuts.