VACAVILLE — The Vacaville school board will appoint someone to fill the board position left vacant when Larry Mazzuca resigned earlier this month.
Mazzuca moved to Nevada City, leaving a vacancy on the board and leaving the remaining board members with a choice.
At last week’s regular meeting, the board was faced with the choice of having a special election to fill the vacancy or appointing someone to fill the spot until the next regularly scheduled election.
“We did decide not to hold a special election, which would have cost $500,000 and possibly up to $600,000, which would be a tremendous waste of taxpayer money,” said David McCallum, president of the board.
He said the board has begun taking applications for the vacancy.
Those who wish to apply may also pick up an application at the Vacaville School District’s Educational Services Center at 401 Nut Tree Road in Vacaville. The application packet can be found at www.vacavilleusd.org.
Mazzuca was elected in 2012. His term was set to expire in 2016. The next scheduled school board election is Nov. 4, 2014.
The person appointed would be free to run in that election to serve out the remainder of the term. Otherwise, the appointee’s term ends Dec. 11, 2014, when the newly elected board members are sworn in.
Requirements for the new appointee are fairly straightforward, McCallum said.
“An applicant simply has to reside within the district and be a registered voter and they cannot be an employee of the district,” he said.
District boundaries are also available on the district’s website.
Along with the application, the board wants a 500-word essay answering the question: Why are you passionate to serve on the Vacaville Unified School District Governing Board?
Applications are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 30. They must be submitted to Superintendent Ken Jacopetti’s office at the Educational Services Center. Board members are to receive the applications for review Sept. 3 and they will meet in public session Sept. 12 to conduct interviews.
McCallum said the interviews must be public, citing the state’s Education Code.
“We’ll make a choice at that point,” McCallum said.
The next day, the district must announce the appointment. That begins a 30-day period when the appointment can be challenged.
All of this falls well within the 60-day period from receipt of Mazzuca’s resignation that the Education Code provides for the appointment of a replacement.
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