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Council, School Board Face Major Decisions
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Riverbank Unified School District board members will soon be filling a vacant seat on the panel, while Riverbank City Council members are taking another look at a couple of longstanding local events.

With one position currently vacant on the school board, with the resignation of Steve Walker effective on Dec. 31, the remaining board members agreed to fill the seat by appointment, not special election. Incumbent Elizabeth Meza and newcomers Susan Taylor and Suzanne Dean were sworn in to office Dec. 10 after winning election in November and now, along with trustee John Mitchell, will consider applicants to appoint to the post.

Deadline to apply was earlier this month, with three applications turned in.

The term will run through late 2015. The applicants will be interviewed in a public session tentatively scheduled at the board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The public will be able to comment and, if all goes as planned, the new appointee can be sworn in possibly sometime in March.

Meanwhile, Riverbank City Council members were due to discuss the future of both the Riverbank Cheese and Wine Exposition and Beyond Earth Day at the Monday night council meeting, Jan. 27, past press time for The News. Early talk at the meeting centered on possibly expanding Beyond Earth Day to include a theme involving the Stanislaus River and options to bring more people and organizations – including the city’s own Recreation Department – into the planning and implementing of the annual Cheese and Wine Expo in October.