After months of counting votes, a local school board election was decided with a good old-fashioned roll of the dice.
The race between Brea Olinda Unified School District incumbent board member Gail Lyons and first-time candidate Lauren Barnes to represent Trustee Area 5 was a tight race, which ended in a tie after final ballots were counted multiple times from the Nov. 3 election.
But how does a local district settle a tie? In Brea Olinda Unified, they literally roll the dice.
On Saturday, Dec. 5, the district held a special board meeting where Lyons and Barnes each respectively rolled a pair of dice. According to an article in the Orange County Register, whoever got the highest roll – or the most pips – those little white dots on the red dice – would take the Trustee Area 5 seat.
In the end, Barnes rolled snake eyes – or a two – and Lyons rolled a two and a one for a total of three.
Lyons will be sworn in for another four-year term on Dec. 14.
And here are some of the other stories we’ve been following this week:
California state legislators this week proposed legislation that would require public school students to physically return to school in stages by early spring. The new “urgency bill” – AB 10 – proposes that once a county enters at least the red tier, schools would have to adopt a plan to offer in-person instruction within two weeks.
New national, state and district-level data finds students — especially those in high-poverty communities — are falling further behind their peers, exacerbating gaps in education, reports the Washington Post.
To help mitigate learning loss associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Santa Ana Unified School District is raising the bar of the F grade from 50 percent to 55 percent. District officials said the new policy went into effect last month and will be in effect for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.