The standings in the race for the second open spot on the Encinitas Union School District board has flipped with challenger Leslie Schneider passing incumbent Patricia Sinay for second place behind leader Rimga Viskanta.
As of Nov. 23, Schneider leads Sinay by 288 votes (13,064-12,676) or 25.49 percent to 24.74.
On Nov. 9, the day after the election, Sinay was in second place by a few hundred votes but there were over 600,000 provisional and mail-in ballots to count. On Nov. 23, there were still 106,000 ballots still to be counted.
Sinay was appointed to the EUSD Board of Trustees in 2015, while Schneider coordinates the reading program at Flora Vista and is on the School Site Council.
Schneider was active in the protests of the school board’s decision to fund a wellness program that included yoga and told the Encinitas Advocate during the campaign that she was “running for school board because I am committed to three areas of reform to improve our children’s education and future success: fiscal integrity, accountability and transparency.”
Trustee Carol Skiljan decided not to run for re-election and Sinay’s seat was also up creating the two EUSD board openings.