FAIRFIELD — Citizens interested in running for the school board can attend a Monday informational meeting at the Fairfield-Suisun School District central office, where topics may include collective governance as well as the relationship between board members and the superintendent.
“This election of ordinary citizens to a board that oversees the public education of our community’s youth is an important example of a democratic approach to local control,” said a school district release. “It is the governing board, elected by the people, which is entrusted with the lives of our children and their future in our society.”
“Serving as a trustee is no small task,” the release adds, “yet it promises big contributions.”
Fairfield-Suisun includes more than 21,000 students and almost 2,000 employees.
Trustees, for the first time, will be elected from different geographic areas rather than at-large. The election will take place Nov. 4.
Filing with the Solano County Registrar of Voters at 675 Texas St. in Fairfield began July 14 and ends Aug. 8. No filing fee is required for the school board seats that pay $400 a month and provide the same benefits offered to school district management employees.
Seats representing Trustee Areas 4, 5 and 7 are up for election.
Trustee Area 7 includes Clay Bank Road and part of Air Base Parkway. Area 5 includes Sunset Avenue and East Kentucky Street. Texas Street and Travis Boulevard are part of Area 4.
Residents can go to www.solanocounty.com/depts/rov/ and type in their address to determine the trustee area where they reside, or call the registrar’s office at 784-6675.
Candidates must be 18 years old, a resident of the trustee area they seek to represent, a registered voter and not employed by the Fairfield-Suisun district, according to the school district website.
Members of the school board’s governance subcommittee will conduct the 6 p.m. meeting in the board room of the school district central office, 2490 Hilborn Road in Fairfield.