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Steve Miller, who has served on the Citrus Heights City Council since 2005, announced in a news release last week that he will be retiring from the council and running for school board instead.
“I realized during my council tenure one our most important community assets are our children. They are our future, and we must ensure they get the best education possible and are safe while on our campuses,” said Miller in a July 23 news release. “I want to make Citrus Heights schools the number one choice for our parents and students, my experience at the city will help with this.”
Miller will run for the newly created Area 7 seat on the San Juan Unified School District’s governing board. The board last year voted to expand its ranks to seven elected members, up from the original five, creating one dedicated seat covering Citrus Heights. The board also voted to elect its members by trustee area, rather than at-large.
The trustee area map adopted by the school board gives Citrus Heights a guaranteed seat on the board, whereas “at-large” voting before led to the city not having one of its residents on the school board for more than a decade. Voters will now elect one member from their specific area of the district to represent them on the board, rather than elect all school board members at large.
Citrus Heights residents will have the chance to potentially occupy up to four seat on the board, as the newly created Area 5 includes a portion of the Citrus Heights, east of San Juan Avenue and Old Auburn Road. A small portion of Citrus Heights is also included in areas 4 and 6. (See map)
Although the deadline to file isn’t until Aug. 12, several candidates have filed to run for seats on the school board already, according to a report posted on the Sacramento County Elections Department website. Oleg Shishko, a local resident who has served on the Citrus Heights Area Seven Eight Nine neighborhood association board, has filed to run for the same Area 7 seat that Miller is seeking.
For Area 6, Ben Avey and Ray Ward have filed to run. For Area 5, Michael McKibbin is seeking another term on the board, with no challengers as of July 28. And for Area 3, the only candidate to file so far is Alex David Zamansky. The remaining three seats will be up for election in 2024.
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