Deadlocked over a decision on whom to appoint to a fifth seat on the board of the Portola Valley School District, the board decided Thursday night to call a special election to fill the seat.
It will be an all-mail election and will be held Tuesday, May 6.
The current board is made up of two newly elected trustees -- Judith Mendelsohn and Steve Humphreys -- plus the two continuing members -- Don Collat and Ray Villareal.
Ms. Mendelsohn and Ray Villareal favor Karen Jordan to fill the fifth seat. Ms. Jordan's four-year term on the board ended this month and she chose not to run in the November election.
Steve Humphreys and Don Collat favor Brad Turner, the entrepreneur who came in third in the November election for two seats on the board.
Ms. Jordan and Mr. Turner were the only ones to apply for the appointment to fill the remaining two years of the term of Donna Carano, who resigned from the board Oct. 18.
Three votes were required to make the appointment and none of the board members would switch sides.