New Antioch School Board members Rocha, Householder ceremonially sworn in Wednesday night, Rocha twice

New Trustee Ellie Householder is given her ceremonial oath of office by Antioch Councilman Lamar Thorpe on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.

Chooses former Antioch Councilman Tiscareno for Personnel Commission

New trustee Mary Rocha during her first ceremonial oath of office administered by her son and Antioch High Principal Louie Rocha, Jr.

By Allen Payton

At their meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, the Antioch School Board welcomed two new members elected in November, Mary Rocha and Ellie Householder. Both held ceremonial oaths of office in front of the audience inside the Lone Tree Elementary School auditorium, as they had each been sworn in as new members previously, so they could participate in a closed session meeting earlier that evening.

Householder was first to take her ceremonial oath, with Antioch Councilman Lamar Thorpe swearing her in. She then introduced her family who was in attendance.

“My mother flew all the way from Arizona to be here tonight,” she said.

Former Antioch mayor, councilwoman and school board trustee Rocha held two ceremonies. First, with her son Louie Rocha, Jr., the principal of Antioch High School, administering her oath. She said she had asked State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to swear her in, but he was late. When he showed up a few minutes later, Rocha had him give her the oath, again.

Following Rocha’s second ceremony, Torlakson said, “yay, you’re in again.”

Rocha taking her second ceremonial oath of office, this time administered by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

Rocha introduced the rest of her family, including her husband Louie, Sr.  She mentioned her “40 years of friendship and working together” with Tom Torlakson.

Each new trustee was then seated on the dais and given the opportunity to speak

“I’m really excited about moving forward,” said Householder. “There’s a lot of positive momentum from the election.”

Rocha asked her family members to stand and thanked them, getting choked up as she spoke.

“I just want to thank everyone of you because each of you have done something special for me,” she said.

“This time I’m excited. I have three grandchildren going to school and my son who has never graduated,” Rocha added to laughter from the audience. “I will do my best for all of you. We will have disagreements, but it doesn’t mean we don’t care about each other.”

New Antioch School Board Trustee Ellie Householder takes her official oath of office administered by Antioch Councilman Lamar Thorpe, as her parents Dave Householder and Karen Matty, and Antioch Mayor Pro Tem Joy Motts, second from left, look on, at the Round Table Pizza restaurant, early Wednesday evening, Dec. 13, 2018.

Tiscareno Chosen for Personnel Commission

The new board’s first major issue was to appoint a replacement for Rocha, who resigned on Dec. 7 following her election to the school board. Three people applied, including former Antioch Councilman Tony Tiscareno who lost for reelection in November, and Shagoofa Khan and Dr. Clyde Lewis, Jr. who were unsuccessful candidates for school board, also in the November election.

Khan did not show up for the public interview, so only Tiscareno and Lewis participated.in the question and answer process.

At the conclusion, the board voted 4-1, with Vice President Crystal Sawyer-White opposing, and Tiscareno was announced as the choice for the commission. However, a public hearing must be held in January, which was scheduled for the board meeting on the 23rd, “to provide the public, employees, and employee organizations the opportunity to express their views on the qualifications of the person recommended by the Board of Trustees for appointment. The Board at that time may make its appointment or may make a substitute appointment without further notification or public hearing. If the Board is unable to agree upon an appointment within thirty (30) days after the notification of the vacancy, the appointment to fill the unexpired term shall be made by the Superintendent of Public Instruction within thirty (30) days.”

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Ellie official oath of office 12-13-18


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2 Comments to “New Antioch School Board members Rocha, Householder ceremonially sworn in Wednesday night, Rocha twice”

  1. Julio says:

    Tiscarino? This is a joke right?

  2. Angry Antioch resident says:

    Again! REALLY!
    Cant you politician make an honest living without feeding off the public trough for one second?!?

    I mean you guys are so drunk on your corruption that you dont give a darn about how stupid you look to the average taxpayer!

    The stench from the dais is making me clench!

    Oh but there will be a day of reckoning.

    You “public servants” that are bleeding us dry like the bunch of union vampires will see the consequences you’ve wrought on us citizens!

    Especially you braggards that have been at it for decades.

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