Nick Serafin, Andrew Castaneda, Felipe Guerrero, Javier Serna and Juan Valencia recall, Woodville Union Schools, California (2010)
An effort to recall Nick Serafin, Andrew Castaneda, Felipe Guerrero, Javier Serna and Juan Valencia from their positions as members of the Board of Trustees of the Woodville Union School District in California was underway as of May 2010. The recall effort was ultimately abandoned.
Paul Guerrero, a parent in the district, was a leader in the recall effort. At a school board meeting in July, he asked the board members to step down, saying, "We have all the signatures and we will proceed forward but I want to give you one last chance to step down. I’m giving you the opportunity to do the right thing — to resign. If not, we have to move forward."
Monica Romero, a parent in the district, also attended the July board meeting and asked the board members to step down: "Put your pride aside and do what’s right for the school."
Romero mentioned the results of a Tulare County Grand Jury investigation of the school board. The grand jury investigation said:
- One board member lives outside the school district.
- Several board members did not read the contracts between the school district and the school superintendent/principal before or after approving them.
- School board members were not aware of the terms and conditions of the school board's contracts with the school superintendent and principal, including salary, leave and retirement benefits.
- Some of the board members had never attended school board training, and others had not attended training in more than 20 years.