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Paradise SD |  BB  9223  Board Bylaws

Filling Vacancies   

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A vacancy on the Board of Education may occur for any of the events specified in Government Code 1770 or by a failure to elect. (Education Code 5090) Removal by recall election shall also create a vacancy on the Board. (Elections Code 11384)

If a vacancy occurs less than four months before the end of a Board member's term, the Board shall take no action. (Education Code 5093)

If a vacancy occurs four or more months before the end of a Board member's term, the Board shall, within 60 days of the date of the vacancy or the filing of the member's deferred resignation, either order an election or make a provisional appointment, unless a special election is mandated as described below. (Education Code 5091)

Mandated Special Election

If a vacancy occurs from six months to 130 days before a regularly scheduled Board election at which the position is not scheduled to be filled, a special election to fill the position shall be consolidated with the regular election. The person so elected shall take office at the first regularly scheduled Board meeting following the certification of the election and shall serve only until the end of the term of the position which he/she was elected to fill. (Education Code 5093)

Provisional Appointments

When the special election described above is not required, the Board may make a provisional appointment. (Education Code 5091, 5093)

In order to draw from the largest possible number of candidates, the Board shall advertise in the local media to solicit candidate applications or nominations. A committee consisting of less than a quorum of the Board shall ensure that applicants are eligible for Board membership and announce the names of the eligible candidates. The Board shall interview the candidates at a public meeting, accept oral or written public input, and select the provisional appointee by a majority vote.

(cf. 9133 - Temporary Committees)

(cf. 9325.4 - Actions by the Board)

Notice and Duration of Provisional Appointment

Within 10 days after the appointment is made, the Board shall post notices of the vacancy or resignation and the provisional appointment. The notice shall be published in the local newspaper and posted in at least three public places within the district. (Education Code 5092)

The notice shall contain: (Education Code 5092)

1. The date of the occurrence of the vacancy or the date of the filing of, and the effective date of, the resignation

2. The full name of the appointee

3. The date of appointment

4. A statement notifying the voters that unless a petition calling for a special election pursuant to Education Code 5091 is filed in the office of the County Superintendent of Schools within 30 days of the provisional appointment, it shall become an effective appointment

The person appointed shall hold office until the next regularly scheduled election for district Board members and shall be afforded all the powers and duties of a Board member upon appointment. (Education Code 5091)

Legal Reference:


5000-5033 Elections

5090-5095 Vacancies

5200-5208 Districts governed by boards of education

5300-5304 Elections

5320-5329 Order and call of election

5340-5345 Consolidation of elections

5360-5363 Election notice

5420-5426 Cost of elections

5440-5442 Miscellaneous provisions, elections

35107 Eligibility of board members

35178 Resignation with deferred effective date


10600-10604 School district elections

11381-11386 Candidates for recall


1064 Absence from state

1770 Vacancies: definition

3000-3003 Forfeiture of office

3060-3075 Removal other than by impeachment

6061 One time notice

54950-54963 The Ralph M. Brown Act


88 Bribery, forfeiture from office


704 Military medals or decorations


58 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 888 (1975)

Management Resources:


Filling a Board Vacancy, rev. December 2010



California State Attorney General's Office, Quo Warranto Applications:


adopted: May 19, 2015 Paradise, California