Ken Nittler named newest Auburn Union Elementary School District trustee

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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The Auburn Union Elementary School District board of trustees has chosen Ken Nittler as its newest member. Nittler fills a seat vacated late last year by Chuck Heisleman, who left the board for personal reasons. Nittler will serve the remainder of Heisleman’s term, which ends in 2010. Trustees selected Nittler during a special board meeting Thursday. “I’m excited to be on the board,” Nittler said Monday. “I’ve always believed in public service, and I believe a strong public school system is vital to our prosperity.” Nittler is no stranger to the Auburn Union district. He ran, unsuccessfully, for a spot on the board in 2008. Nittler has worked with the Auburn Education Foundation, a nonprofit benefiting the district, since 2003, and has served as president of the foundation’s board of directors for the past couple years. Nittler has also served on the district’s budget advisory committee since 2004, serving as chairman the past couple years. “We’re really excited because he’s such an active participant in our district,” Michele Schuetz, district superintendent, said of Nittler. “We think he’ll be a strong asset to our board.” Nittler said he’ll step down from the leadership roles in both the foundation and the advisory committee, and that he’s ready to jump right in as a trustee. “I know that I have a lot to learn about being a good trustee, but I already know an awful lot about the district and its people,” Nittler said. Nittler, along with his fellow Auburn Union trustees, are scheduled to hold a joint meeting with the Placer Union High School District board of trustees at 7 tonight. This is the second time the two districts’ boards have met to discuss partnerships, programs and issues affecting all Auburn-area students. This time around points of discussion include shared services, articulation between E. V. Cain Middle School and Placer High School, the 2009-2010 academic year, and the budget crisis. “We come together to talk about common efforts we can put forth to better serve the students in our community,” said Bart O’Brien, superintendent of the Placer Union High School District. “They start with (Auburn Union) and finish with us.” The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Placer Union High School District office, located at 13000 New Airport Road in Auburn. Call (530) 885-7242 or (530) 886-4400 for more information. The Journal’s Loryll Nicolaisen can be reached at, or comment.