By John Glidden
Student safety, an empty board seat, and approving the application for a new charter school were some of items which defined the Vallejo City Unified School District in 2015.
The end of the 2014-15 school year turned violent when Jesse Bethel High School student Kenneth Maxwell “Max” Rusk, 17, was killed in May on a trail which runs along the side of the high school.
Zachery Kroll, 19, of Vallejo, and Elisha White, Jr., 16, of Suisun City, have been charged with murder for the slaying of Rusk.
After Rusk’s death, students several students protested outside the school, calling for better safety measures throughout the entire district, while parents repeatedly spoke to the Vallejo school board, asking the trustees to address school safety.