By Nick McConnell
The Vacaville Unified School District’s governing board chose at its regular meeting on Thursday to appoint a replacement for former trustee Kelly Welsh rather than hold a special election for the remainder of her term, which ends later this year.
The board also appointed new Superintendent Ed Santopadre as its secretary, and trustees heard his first report as superintendent after he recently took over the position. Several members of the public attended the meeting and spoke in favor of making an appointment to avoid the cost of a special election.
The meeting opened with Santopadre’s comments to the board, in which he highlighted graduation send-offs for seniors of each of the area high schools. Santopadre also introduced three staff members in new positions, including Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources David Robertson, Dean of Learning Support at Ernest Kimmie Jordyn Adcock and Principal of Hemlock Elementary Joanna Adams.