An effort to recall Santa Maria-Bonita School District board member Will Smith has failed to garner the necessary signatures.

Petitioners gathered 4,383 signatures, Glenn Goldin, a Santa Maria teacher and recall organizer said in a news release late Monday night.

The petition needed 586 more signatures to reach the required 20 percent of 24,842 registered voters in the Santa Maria-Bonita district.

According to the Santa Barbara County elections office, petitioners needed to gather 4,969 signatures within a 120-day period.

Smith resigned as an educator in a 2010 settlement with the district. He then ran for a seat on the school board and was elected that same year.

He was suspended several times during his teaching tenure because of his alleged use of corporal punishment, poor teaching, insubordination and inappropriate use of Internet sites. The details were not public information at the time of Smith’s election because of pending litigation.

Goldin says Smith has inappropriately represented the district, but Smith denies the claims. He said he is critical of the district because he cares about the students.

Read more about the recall effort in tomorrow’s Santa Maria Times newspaper.

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