farmersville – A Farmersville Unified Board member resigned last month after serving the community for nearly three decades.
John Vasquez stepped down from the School Board after submitting a letter of resignation dated Jan. 22. Vasquez did not return calls as of press time and the district office would not comment on the reasons for his resignation. The Sun-Gazette requested a copy of his letter of resignation but it was not available as of press time.
His resignation marks the end of a 27-year tenure on the school board. Vasquez has seen the triumphs and tribulations of the district since it unified in the mid-1990s and built its own high school through the tumultuous early 2000s and its various recalls to the current controversy surrounding Superintendent Ofelia Ceja-Lariviere who was placed on paid administrative leave in December 2015.
The closest Vasquez ever came to leaving the board of trustees was in 2004 when then Board President Martin Macareno helped lead a recall campaign against him. Vasquez narrowly missed being the third board member to be recalled after several signatures were deemed invalid.
In March 2014, Vasquez was the swing vote in the board’s decision not to renew the contract of Dr. Christina Luna as superintendent, after student protests, public comments by parents and staff dissension dotted her time as head of the district.
Vasquez was also on the board when it hired Dr. Luna’s replacement, Ofelia Ceja-Lariviere, and was among the dissenting votes in a 3-2 decision to place her on paid administrative leave in December. Last month, Vazquez was absent when the board appointed former Farmersville Unified Superintendent Janet Jones to interim superintendent through the end of the school year.
The School Board has begun the process of finding a replacement to appoint to the board. Farmersville residents interested in filling the vacancy on the school board must apply by 3 p.m. on March 7. Applications are available at the District Office, located at 571 E. Citrus St. in Farmersville. Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the Board at its regularly scheduled meeting at 6:45 p.m. on March 15 at the district office. For more information, call the FUSD office at 559-592-2010.