During Public Comment, Don Russell encouraged the Board to think carefully about naming someone to the Board with the election looming. He stated as soon as they name someone to the Board they become an incumbent and “that is an advantage in any election.”
During staff reports, Mooers announced he would not run for the Board seat for the next term, but will serve fully in the capacity as District 2 Trustee until he can transition back into a parent volunteer.
According to Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, Kristie Jacobsen, there will be no appointment next month for District 4 since there are only 4 months left in the term. After doing some research, Jacobsen found Board Bylaw 9223, Filling Vacancies, which states: “When a vacancy occurs within four months of the end of a Board member’s term, the Board shall take no action. (Education Code 5093).” In regards to no one running for an office in the election, the same Bylaw (9223) also states that “the Board shall appoint a qualified person to the office” due to failure to elect (Ed Code 5328). “So, if we receive notice that no one has filed for the election for any of the seats with an expiring term, then we would have to try to make an appointment the same way we did with Dorie last month.”