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Recall Petition Submitted for Gooding School Trustee

Recall Petition Submitted for Gooding School Trustee

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GOODING • A few Gooding residents turned in a recall petition this week seeking to oust school board trustee David Reeves.

Gooding County Clerk Denise Gill said she received the petition Monday.

Once Reeves is notified, he’ll have five days to decide whether to resign. If he doesn’t, the ballot measure will be on the May 20 ballot, Gill said.

Reeves said Thursday he hadn’t heard about the petition but isn’t going to resign.

“I’m going to keep doing what I’ve been doing, which is working for the betterment of our school district and trying to move forward for what’s best for our kids and our school,” he said.

Lisa Sabala-Anthony, board clerk for Gooding schools, also said she hadn’t been notified of the petition.

The document has 33 signatures, but several aren’t valid. Some of the signers don’t live in Reeves’ trustee zone, and others printed their name instead of signing it. Because only 32 people voted in his race, only 16 petition signatures were needed.

A pre-recall notice for Reeves had been submitted Feb. 10.

The county Prosecutor’s Office is investigating a recall document, but Gill wouldn’t say whether it was the pre-recall or final petition.

The Times-News left a message with the prosecutor’s office earlier this week, but the call wasn’t returned.

Idaho Code requires that a recall petition be signed by at least 50 percent of the number of electors who cast votes in that zone’s election.

Reeves told the Times-News earlier this month that he thinks some who signed the pre-recall petition would like to see other board members gone, too. He said he may be the easiest target because so few people voted when he was elected, so fewer signatures were needed for the petition.

Reeves’ term began July 1, 2011.

In the recall petition, community members say Reeves hasn’t been able to attend regularly scheduled school board meetings or necessary trainings and he’s been unable to “perform his duties efficiently and in the best interests of our students.”

Signers of the pre-recall petition also alleged that Reeves “contributed greatly to the current hostile and nonproductive environment” and has shown disrespect to board members, residents and district staff and administrators.

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