Vacaville USD selects STEM advocate as board trustee

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The newest Vacaville Unified trustee plans to stress the importance of STEM education as a first order of business.

A Genentech employee and former U.S. Army linguist, Christopher Flask of Vacaville, appointed to the governing board Thursday on a unanimous vote, envisions creating a new "magnet school" that emphasizes STEM, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.

Flask, 45, a former member of the district's Budget Advisory and Measure V Citizen's Oversight committees, made the comments after trustees ended a nearly two-hour vetting of 15 candidates, including the top three. They sought the board seat vacated in early August by longtime trustee Larry Mazzuca, who resigned and moved to Nevada City.

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