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Menlo Park district school board considers how to fill vacant seat

Menlo Park City School District school board members will discuss, and possibly vote on, how to fill outgoing board member Caroline Lucas' seat at an Aug. 29 meeting.

The board can either call an election for the nearest established election date that's more than 130 days away (April 2020) or appoint a member of the public to serve the remainder of Lucas' term, which ends in November 2020, according to a district staff report. If the board doesn't act, an election is automatically triggered after 60 days from Aug. 1, according to the district.

If the board were to call an election for April, whoever wins the seat would serve only seven months, until the November 2020 election, according to the staff report.

Lucas joined the board in 2016. She resigned from her post on Aug. 1 to take a part-time Spanish teaching position at Hillview Middle School, a school in the district she helped oversee. California law prohibits district employees from simultaneously serving on their district's school board.

Before joining the district as a teacher, she most recently taught Spanish and English language development in the neighboring Las Lomitas Elementary School District for six years.

At the same meeting, the school board will recognize Lucas for her service as a board member.

The meeting takes place on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 5 p.m. in the TERC Building at 181 Encinal Ave. in Atherton.

— by Angela Swartz

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