CUSD expresses gratitude to longtime board members

Longtime CUSD board members Sandy Budd and Jim Van Volkinburg at their final governing board meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. DANIEL LEON/CLOVIS ROUNDUP

Clovis Unified School District dedicated a portion of Wednesday night’s meeting to outgoing board members Sandy Budd and Jim Van Volkinburg for their two-and-a-half decades of service.

“I’d like to take some time to recognize our two outgoing board members, Sandy Bengel Budd and Dr. Jim Van Volkinburg who have each faithfully and devotedly served the Clovis Unified School District for 25 years,” said CUSD Superintendent Eimear O’Farrell.

The duo’s departure comes after the recent election in which Susan Hatmaker beat out Budd in Area 1 while Tiffany Stoker Madsen edged Albert Zuniga to fill Van Volkinburg’s Area 3 seat.

A native of Woodlake, Daniel Leon is a recent graduate of Fresno State with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism. Daniel served as Sports Editor at The Collegian, Fresno State’s student-run newspaper, prior to joining the Roundup. Got a story idea? Email him at