By Richard Bammer
Joining the ranks of neighboring Solano County school districts, Travis Unified leaders voted to consolidate future governing board elections to even-numbered years, saving the district a sizable amount of cash.
On a 4-1 vote, with trustee Angela Weinzinger dissenting, the board last week agreed to the change, effective 2016, thus extending every board member’s term by one year.
The five-member board made its decision after a presentation by an official from the county Registrar of Voters, noting savings in excess of $200,000 per election if trustees approved the change.
“It was dumbfounded,” recently elected trustee Riitta De Anda said Wednesday of the estimated election costs that would be incurred every two years without the change.