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Schools - September 4, 2019

Menlo Park school board to appoint new member

The Menlo Park City School District board voted 4-0 at an Aug. 29 meeting to appoint someone to fill the seat left vacant by Caroline Lucas.

The board has until Sept. 30 to fill the seat; otherwise, an election will automatically be triggered, according to the district. The board will interview candidates and appoint someone at a public meeting, public information officer Parke Treadway said an email.

California law states that the board could 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 there's an election next April, whoever wins the seat would serve only until the November 2020 election, according to the staff report.

Board members Stacey Jones and Sherwin Chen are on a subcommittee to determine the process and timeline for the appointment, Treadway said.

Lucas, who joined the board in 2016, resigned from her post on Aug. 1 to take a part-time Spanish teaching position at Hillview Middle School.

— By Angela Swartz