Group seeks to sack appointed Paso Robles school district board member

November 30, 2022

Trustee Kenneth E. Enney Jr.


A petition seeking the removal of an appointed Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Board trustee was recently filed with San Luis Obispo County.

The petition requests a special election to fill a seat currently held by Kenneth E. Enney Jr., a retired Marine Corp intelligence officer and local rancher. In a 4-2 vote, the district board of trustees selected Enney in October to replace Chris Bausch, who resigned in order to take a seat on the Paso Robles City Council.

If the SLO County Clerk Recorder’s Office determines at least 455 of the 800 signatures on the petition are valid, the seat will head to a special election at an estimated cost of $493,000 to the school district.

Carey Alvord organized the petition drive, after voicing concerns over divisiveness in the district. Several signers condemned Enney on social media for sharing a link that included criticisms of the trans community.

In response to Alvord’s petition, Gary Lehrer, a supporter of Enney, started a petition seeking to stop the special election.

“Please do not allow the petition to remove Kenney Enney from the School Board to proceed,” Lehrer wrote in his request. “The result will be a costly special election that will take away money that is better spent for example on a pool that will greatly benefit students.”

“Please do not let special interests who do not care about students to succeed in a costly plan to remove a marine and local rancher from the Board of Trustees. Kenney Enney earned the right to be on the board and has been the target of a vicious smear campaign. Please stop this injustice.”

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It would be interesting to see an detailed itemization as to why an election costs $493,000, that cant be for just ballot printing and mailing I would think. As far the administrative part done by the county clerk, wouldn’t that just be part of that department’s job?

I am in agreement with the stance that the district needs to focus on education not ideology. Parents should decide and discuss sexuality with their children NOT schools. Quit wasting taxpayers money on this nonsense! Whatever you want to call yourself is your business and not the role of educators. Our children are exposed to enough lies and are confused enough. Stick to math, science and reading.

A new pool? How about Paso kids swim in the $11,000,000 pool that Atascadero High just committed to? Next will be a $5,000,000 Tennis Court to match the Atascadero one that was just built. What’s wrong with you voters? Vote no on these Bonds.

For one, this man needs to get off Facebook and get a life, why the hell is he talking about people’s sexual identity, creepy?. Agreed, Plus, sports and the entirety of its enterprise from academics up is the most corrupt useless waste of money ever. Why not promote academics, the arts, and real future for the majority Vs corporate sports and it’s totally corrupt agenda. IE; world cup, Olympics etc etc. Who benefits from sports, Not the Majority. What is this, the Roman Empire?; What happened to them I wonder. Every penny spent on sports takes away from trade skills, education, and civilization. People want some silly legacy that we can’t afford for brown nosing points. Paso politicians and public officials have so much sex, religion and identity politics on their mind it’s boggling and spout off on Facebook all too much. Not as if we are all one earth, lord.

A pool would benefit the majority of students and not just those nasty athletes. Most high schools in this area have swimming pools.

Exactly! And regardless, it was voted on in 2017 and approved by the community and the voters.

The pool was approved in 2017 through measure M. It is a necessity for the students who participate in aquatics. Several classes have come and gone and never gotten to benefit from what the voters approved. The municipal pool in Paso Robles is unsafe, and was built in the ’50s. It also is not regulation size for water polo or for swim meets. This makes it extremely hard for athletes and their families as all swim meets have to be at other schools.